Last Sunday in our adult class, we discussed the book “Fresh Wind, Fresh Fire”. We talked about the need for prayer and ministry to those God wants to lead to our fellowship. Well this Wednesday, we start our prayer ministry. I will be at the church at 6:30 PM and we will start praying as the Holy Spirit leads us.
I am very excited about where we are at this place in our ministry. God is providing us pastoral leadership in abundance. Tom Atkins has a wonderful plan for TEAM ministry with Bob Beckwith, Joseph Slife and Gene Acuff. These are men we love and respect. They are familiar with us and we with them. They love God, and have agreed to join our ministry. That is good news.
However I want to elaborate on a few points. I believe God has given us a great start for 2011. But these men represent one part of the equation. I believe their joining with us in ministry is a missing key for us. But now they are on board, we must focus on OUR responsibilities. God will lead people to Gateway in response to our cries for ministry. But to be effective the Holy Spirit will be critical. Our willingness to hear the Holy Spirit as He leads all of us into ministry is a necessary element of our fulfilling our calling. We are asking God to send us those who haven’t been churched, those who have issues to deal with that aren’t easy. Please keep in mind that our responsibility is to love them as God sends them. It is HIS job to clean them up. But we must all be willing to be “cleaned up” as well. God accepts as we are, but he doesn’t LEAVE us as we are. None of us.
To that end, this Wednesday the 22nd of December will be our first prayer time dedicated to our new direction. Please come and join us in prayer as we lay our lives before God and ask Him for guidance in “helping people experience God”.
I look forward to seeing you there.