I’m imagining the potential of a congregation “abiding” (John 15:4); a local church family living in intimacy with the Father. I’m imagining the possibilities for a congregation of disciples that don’t talk AT the Father, nor merely TO the Father, but rather WITH the Father.
Following our two part series on prayer (July 25 & August 2), we have an exciting opportunity for us to come before our Father together in prayer. This coming Sunday, August 9, we have special worship services designed for us to seek renewal in the Lord. We’ve never designed Sunday morning services like this before. The format of the services will be very different to the normal flow. The teaching time will be broken up into several five minute blocks. Each teaching block will have a particular focus and will be followed by a few minutes of guided prayer and reflection and then some singing. Each block of teaching and prayer time will build on the previous one. All of it will culminate in an opportunity for spiritual renewal with our Father. Make plans to join us for these special services this coming Sunday.
Renewal will prepare us for the second half of Ephesians as we learn what it means to “live worthily of the call” in a culture under siege to a sexual revolution. In the coming days, the teachings of Ephesians 4-6 will become even more foreign to our culture. We need the power of God at work in us if we are going to be holy as He is holy. Let us draw near to God and then let’s let Him cleanse us and purify us that He might be glorified through Jesus Christ in us, His church.