PASTOR GLEN'S BLOG
January 9, 2019
I read recently about an elder in a local church by the name of Jim. His responsibility was to reach out to new people as they moved into the area. Sun Lee and his family were Vietnamese refugees that moved into the area. They had no possessions and they knew no one. Jim began helping them to get food and then spent a great deal of time finding Sun Lee a good job. Jim wanted so much to tell Sun Lee about Jesus Christ – but he didn’t know Vietnamese – and the refugees knew very little English. Both men sought to learn the other’s language, so that they could become better friends.
One day Jim thought he knew enough to share about Jesus with Sun Lee. So, he began to explain about God’s love and how he had sent Jesus – but the more he talked the more confusing it seemed to get. Sun Lee would repeat a little of what Jim was sharing in Vietnamese. Finally Jim was so frustrated that he decided to give up trying to communicate until he learned more Vietnamese. Sun Lee then blurted out, “Is your God like you? If he is, I want to know him! Jim explained that Jesus was much greater than he was. Yet, Sun Lee wanted to know more about Jesus Christ – if he was like Jim. Jim had thought for all of these months that he was not communicating the Gospel. But he was – with the greatest form of communication a person can use – the example of a life filled with Jesus Christ.
Are we communicating the Gospel by living as an example of a life filled with Jesus Christ? Are we showing God’s love by demonstrating our concern for people? The Apostle John wrote, “Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God.” Friends, if we desire to be more like the Lord, we will choose to love people around us, so they might even ask, “Is your God like you?” I challenge each of us to show that kind of genuine, unconditional love to everyone we come in contact!!
THIS SUNDAY- This Sunday, Pastor Glen’s message will be, “Rescued,” based on 2 Peter 2:4-10a. Please read the text prior to the service. Nursery care and elementary classes are provided during the worship service each Sunday.
Venue Team Update - There will be information and surveys about the latest venue team update, available this Sunday at church. Please look over this information and take the survey as soon as possible.
Adult Sunday School class - Join us, in our study of the letters to the Corinthians, in the Chapel on the Sunday School floor immediately following worship! We are now looking at chapters 8-11 of I Corinthians as they relate to Paul’s status with the church, idolatry and our relationship to things in and of the world and how that speaks to us in the post-modern church. Come join the discussion.
Reading Chronologically Through the Bible - Read the Bible through in a year, in the order in which the events took place. Free classes start on January 7, every Monday from 6p-7:30p (through December 31) at Panera Bread in Waynesboro. To register or if you have questions, call Jake and Deborah Kleinschuster at (540) 949-6080.
Jim Heafner Memorial Bible Study - The Men's Bible Study resumed this week in the Community Room at Panera Bread in Waynesboro. Men are encouraged to gather there around 6:45am to purchase breakfast and enjoy fellowship until the study begins at 7:00am.
Salt Shakers – Supper club groups will be changed at the end of this month. Please call Cindy Roberts at (540) 649-4448 to let her know if you plan to attend a group or if you need to withdrawal.
WARM Shelter - The Church of the Brethren is hosting again this year, Feb 4-11. They are in need of people to provide dinners on several nights that week. Please let us know if you are willing to sign up: firstname.lastname@example.org