Getting Unstuck

Main_Slide_v2The Israelites have escaped Egypt only to find themselves seemingly trapped between the Egyptian army and the Red Sea. Immediately they forget all that God has done for them to get them to this point so they fail to trust him to get them out of this new predicament.

Because they believe they can't move forward, they want to go back to Egypt.

They should be asking God for an eleventh plague after seeing all those miracles of grand proportion, but instead they accuse and complain to God.

God has saved them by the blood of a lamb when the Destroyer came to Egypt and passed over their homes, but they don't believe they can trust him to guide them in their new life, free from the bondage of slavery.

Yet God by his grace says, "I will fight for you and all you need to do is stand fast, be silent before me and watch what I do."

That's the first passage we tackle in this new series beginning this weekend.

Sound relevant?

This weekend is all about the gospel--how to be saved by God and how to live in that salvation and freedom.

The gospel is not the A, B, C's of the Christian life but the A to Z.

This is one of those weekends--actually, one of those series--that will speak deeply to your own journey but will leave you thinking, "I wish I had invited my friend who is far from God," because it will clearly proclaim the Gospel.

I'm praying for lots of folks to come and cross the line of faith, for you and I to grow in our faith and for all of us to join together in prayer on this.

A Great Outreach Opportunity

I know that in most people's minds, the Story of God small group experience we offer three times a year is for believers. But I want you to think about how impactful this can be to the not-yet-Christians you know who have some curiosity about the Bible and are searching for something to fill the spiritual void in their lives.The Alpha Course, for example, is mostly about discipleship topics (e.g., how to pray, basic theology, how to read the Bible) and goes longer than our Story of God experience, but it is one most effective evangelistic programs in the church worldwide. It works because Christians bring their not-yet-Christian friends. The Story of God can have the same impact. Think also of the intensity of study required to participate in Bible Study Fellowship. Again, tons of people from non-evangelical churches participate and discover God's grace through BSF. One friend told me she leads in that ministry so she can evangelize.

I'll be leading a new Story of God small group experience this January. Is there someone far from God you can invite to join you in the experience? Would it be worth doing it again if you could see your friend come to faith in Christ?