Whole Lotta Bridging Going On!
This week I have been listening to an audio teaching from a Pastor mentor of mine, Nelson Searcy. His topic was on ministry and serving. He said, "Serving is the act of putting the needs of others before my needs." That's what Jesus did! Jesus said in Matthew 28:20, "For even I, the Son of Man, came here not to be served but to serve others, and to give my life as a ransom for many." Being a Christ-follower is about being selfless. Being the Church is all about selflessness. One of the most unselfish things a church like ours can do is grow. One of the most selfish things we can do as a church is not to grow!
Well, although the summer attendance numbers are lower there is a "whole lotta bridging going on" at Ridgeview Church. There are lots of unselfish people who are serving both inside our church and outside the walls of our church to be a bridge of God's love to people. Did you know we are making almost one hundred touches a week with Panera Bread visits? It's great to meet people through these visits and to see them worship with us on Sunday. I even received a call this morning from an older gentleman who received bread at his door a few weeks ago but he was out of town. He is out of church but wants to come Ridgeview this Sunday and "give it a try."
God is blessing our going out! Our first Tunes on Trade Kidszone went great last Friday night. We saw a number of kids come by with their parents. I personally had an opportunity to invite an unchurched young couple who lives close to the school in which we meet. Another person in our church Friday night at Tunes on Trade had a great conversation with a lady about the Lord and invited her to Ridgeview. On top of all this, we will again be downtown Greer Friday for Tunes on Trade. Also, on Saturday our church will be out in a "real deal" ice-cream truck passing out free water and ice-cream to our community. Thank you Sean Brady for making that happen! Lots of great touches we are making in our community. Let me remind all of you that as we are working our way through Galatians this summer, it says in chapter six verse nine: "Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up."