Week Four: December 13 - 19
Suggested weekly reading: Acts 2:42-47, Nehemiah 2:1-8, Psalm 127
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“Prayer is the slender nerve that moves the muscle of omnipotence.” Charles Spurgeon
It started with stamped letters and correspondences. Mail was delivered by foot, then a horse, then carriages, then trains, then automobiles, then planes, and then electronically. Whether they were love letters, bills, advertisements, or invitations, the messages have generally been the same throughout history. What has changed is the delivery method.
Berean finds herself in the same situation as we prayerfully explore ways to deliver the Good News on time. The message of the gospel will never change. How we equip and encourage the church AND reach the unchurched needs to be more creative and intentional than ever. The status quo mindset of going to church needs to be replaced with the biblical mandate of being the church. As more people feel isolated in this phase of the pandemic, the church needs to adjust her methodology with discipleship and connection.
This week, let’s pray for our G-Teams (Gather, Grow, Give, Go). As we continue to minister to those who can gather publicly AND those who are taking precautions, we need to prayerfully focus on the both/and.
- Pray for our worship services happening in person and virtually, in homes.
- Pray for our Lakeville Campus as we seek when and how to build out our permanent location.
- Pray for our children’s ministry as we partner with parents to disciple children in classrooms or the dinner table.
- Pray for our student ministry as teenagers try to find themselves and long for interaction with others.
- Pray for our small group ministry to be revived and rekindled as deeper connections are being sought.
- Pray for ministry opportunities in local communities that arise from basic needs.
- Pray for new ministries that we aren’t aware of yet.
"I want you to know, brothers, that what has happened to me has really served to advance the gospel, so that it has become known throughout the whole imperial guard and to all the rest that my imprisonment is for Christ. And most of the brothers, having become confident in the Lord by my imprisonment, are much more bold to speak the word without fear. Some indeed preach Christ from envy and rivalry, but others from good will. The latter do it out of love, knowing that I am put here for the defense of the gospel. The former proclaim Christ out of selfish ambition, not sincerely but thinking to afflict me in my imprisonment. What then? Only that in every way, whether in pretense or in truth, Christ is proclaimed, and in that I rejoice" (Philippians 1:12-18 ESV).