Friday, January 2, 2009

Giving Our Church Back to God

The first statement in the NGWC Transition Team Covenant reads:
We will strive to abandon selfish motivations as we prayerfully seek to surrender ownership of Neighbors Grove Wesleyan Church to God.

The team has a strong desire to see all members of the congregation make a similar commitment. To that end, I will be preaching a message from Isaiah 6:1-8 (Isaiah responding to God's call after King Uzziah dies). The main point will be that Isaiah had to give his country and himself back to God before God could use it or him again. In the same way, our congregation must give the church back to God before He will use it or us in a powerful way.

At the close of this first worship service in 2009 all of the Transition Team members will stand before the congregation and sign a replicate Title Deed as an expression of their intent to give their church back to God. Everyone will also be given a smaller sized version of the same deed and asked to prayerfully consider signing their deed before the end of January and our first congregational event focused on the church heritage.

In this service the Transition Team will also be sharing a few details about our first congregational event to take place in four weeks. These details include:

Our Heritage:
Parting with the Painful and Offering Praises for the Positive
February 1, 2009 -- 10 am – 1 pm
Worship Service: Repenting of the Sinful
Afterglow: Releasing the Hurtful
Fellowship: Rejoicing for the Helpful
(Soup & Sandwich Lunch is Included)

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