Wednesday, March 11, 2009

What does it mean to be a bridge of God's love to all people?

What does it mean to be a bridge of God's love to all people?
 
This Sunday I will have the wonderful privilege of baptizing Brian Bowen. Last summer our church conducted a "Gas Buy Down" at the Spinx gas station on highway 290. One of the people we touched with the love of Christ that Saturday was Shonnon Bowen. She and her husband were looking for a church and we came along at just the right time. She told her husband about this church called Ridgeview that bought down the cost of her gas. They decided to check us out the next day. They were welcomed by friendly faces at the door. They enjoyed their worship experience and have been coming back ever since. Brian decided to go on the men's retreat with us last month. His life changed that Friday night and desires to be baptized this Sunday.
 
Why do we do kindness projects in our community like gas buy downs, smoke detector battery give-aways, single mom oil changes, Easter egg hunts, Fall festivals, community Christmas eve services, 3 on 3 basketball tournaments, NGU athletic luncheons, and mega sports camp to name a few? To reach people like Brian Bowen and help them "experience His purpose for their lives." I challenged our church last Sunday to look for one opportunity this week to reach out to someone with love in the name of Christ. It may be buying their gas, their coffee, their meal, or going across the street and inviting your neighbors over for supper this week. As we read in Isaiah 6 this past Sunday, may this be the attitude of us all at Ridgeview: "Here I am Lord. Send me."
 
See you Sunday!