Sunday Recap 11-30-08

We had a great day @ The Ridge Sunday! God spoke…we saw lives changed…the community was impacted…a vision was shared. Here are the highlights:

  • great attendance for a holiday weekend. I had low expectations with the holidays and with the bad weather, but a better than expected gathering was a blessing.
  • We saw three people baptized! It was a great celebration as we witnessed these new believers beginning their journey with Christ.
  • Scott England led the band Sunday. He did a great job and will be with us through most of December. Still bummed that John had to leave us last Sunday after 7 months of interim leadership in our Creative Arts ministry. But, I am excited that Scott is stepping in and am looking with anticipation to the future for what God has in store.
  • You Ridgers knocked it out of the park by providing canned goods, staple food items and children’s coats for Warehouse of Hope on Sunday. We collected over a fifteen tubs/containers of food and a dozen trash bags full of children’s coats. THANK YOU for making a difference in the community! WOH will be able to help many more families this week because or your donations. This is critical for them as their corporate donations have gone down in the current economy and their supplies were drastically depleted during Thanksgiving week. You and your family can volunteer and donate anytime at WOH. Go to their website for more info.
  • We talked yesterday about God’s vision for partnering in Burkina Faso in West Africa. I am excited about the opportunity to engage in God’s work there. I believe He is calling us to join Him in an exciting work! For a review, you can check out my posts from our trip a few weeks ago HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE and HERE to get a taste of what’s happening there. View pics from the trip by going HERE.
  • I shared some principles from God’s Word that kept coming to mind the entire time I was in Burkina Faso. I was drawn back to teaching on John 5:17-20 from Henry Blackaby’s Experiencing God which challenged me to three things:
  1. Look where God is working and join Him. Adjust your will to His will.
  2. Don’t tell God what you are going to do for Him.
  3. When God reveals His will that is His invitation to join Him where He is working.

I shared that I believe God is working in Burkina Faso and was strongly impressed that we are to join Him in that work.

  • Finally I shared some thoughts on one other scripture that kept coming to mind while I was there. I couldn’t shake this verse that has become a foundational verse for us as we started The Church @ The Ridge and I believe may be exactly what God is doing there: 1 Corinthians 1:21-28
  • Here’s what I said as I closed out the message:
    “I believe that God is doing so much in this seemingly forgotten area of Africa. The potential to impact a nation is amazing! God has placed government leaders in positions of influence who have faith in Christ! He is working in a country that is majority Muslim, but at 55% is the least Muslim of all the nations in Africa. While it is the second poorest nation in the world, with the poorest capital city in the world…a country with little to no natural resources, beyond its people…God is moving there! These people have influence beyond their borders and across tribal lines and they get it when it comes to the Great Commission!What if…what if…God wanted to take this little country and begin a movement across a region and a continent? Wouldn’t that be just like Him to do that!

    27But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. 28He chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things-and the things that are not-to nullify the things that are,

    That makes no sense…and I love it! God is working there and He has revealed that work to a group of pastors that don’t know any better than to just jump in with both feet!”

It was a great day @ The Ridge! I’m pumped about what the future holds!


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