OCTOBER 16, 2019
Beloved brothers and sisters of RGC,
Words cannot express how grateful I am to God for you. As the elders have felt the Lord's leading and have called us to spend three Sundays focusing on corporate prayer, you have graciously responded. Last Sunday was amazing! As we spent time in our small groups crying out to the Lord, I know He heard us and trust that your hearts were encouraged. I cannot wait to see how the Lord will continue to meet us and respond to the petitions of His people.
If you were not able to join us, we invite you to join us for these next two Sundays. Last week our prayer focus was on four foundational pillars of our church: the proclamation of the Word, prayer, personal discipleship, and patience, waiting upon the Lord to move in His time and in His way.
I encourage all of us at RGC to continue praying for these essential pillars throughout this week. If you sense the Lord's prompting with a particular idea or suggestion for RGC, please let one of the elders (David, Nathan, Tyler, or Larry) know what's on your heart. As we seek the Lord together, we trust He will answer and reveal what He has in store for His beloved people and for His kingdom work in and through us.
We look forward to this Sunday (remember we will meet from 10-11 am), where we will focus on the four aspects of our mission: growing, living, serving, and leading in the gospel. See you then.
October 8th, 2019
Redeeming Grace Family,
It is amazing to think that, on October 6th, we celebrated our 6th anniversary at RGC. God has been incredibly gracious to us as we continue to make disciples who grow, live, serve, and lead in the gospel. Thank you for your faithful ministry service to Christ and His Bride.
As I have been spending time with Jesus as He prayed in John 17, the Lord has been prompting my heart and convicting me of the foundation and centrality of prayer for the church. What Jesus prays for is not just for the disciples 2000 years ago, it is for us today. His requests are relevant for us and needed for us as a church body in 2019. In light of this, I must confess that I often do not pray the way I should for RGC, and for this, the Lord is graciously leading me into this great privilege and responsibility.
But I have also sensed the Lord leading us a body to deeper corporate prayer. We've been going through a lot as individuals in the church. Also, we are in a season where I believe before we go any further, we need to hit to pause button and seek the Lord. As I've done this, I've found greater clarity and rest in Lord before doing continuing ministry. The question, then, become--how? How can we in already filled calendars dedicate ourselves to corporate prayer?
We as the elders want to commit to spending 3 Sundays in October (13,20, and 27) to set aside our normal Sunday liturgy and focus primarily on prayer. We will begin with a song or two, a short exhortation from the Word, and then spend the rest of the time in a concert of prayer as we break into small groups. This will be a directed time of prayer with a focus--who we are as a church, how to live on mission and fulfill the vision God placed on our hearts six years ago. We will also seek the Lord's direction as we move forward.
We will meet only for 1 hour (10:00-11:00am) during these 3 weeks. Our kids ministry will continue, while parents are welcome to have their children come and pray with us. We will also still close our time in communion together.
Please be in prayer for our time, with an anticipation that God will do His sovereign work in and through us. If you have any questions, send them my way.