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Our Journey – A Message From Pastor West

Our Journey – A Message From Pastor West

Dear Church Family,

I am grateful that we are entering our new capital stewardship campaign – “Our Journey”. With the success of this capital stewardship campaign, our ministries will grow, our congregation and the community will be blessed, and God will be glorified.

Our Campaign’s prevailing theme is “Not Equal in Giving, But Equal in Sacrifice.” This theme challenges us to do the extraordinary, to give “over and above” sacrificially for the next three years. The theme reminds us that we can all have an equal part in the Lord’s work.

Our Journey provides all of us the opportunity to know in a fresh way the blessings which come through giving. Jesus said, “Give, and it shall be given unto you: good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over … ” (Luke 6:38)

I earnestly believe that we, the people of The Church Without Walls, are ready for the great challenge which this capital stewardship campaign offers. Let us each enter into this great effort prayerfully and enthusiastically.

Love,

Back to Church Sunday – Encourage someone today and share why you love the church

Back to Church Sunday – Encourage someone today and share why you love the church

As we celebrate National Back to Church Sunday this coming Sunday, those that are in church are encouraged to stay in church. And those that have dropped out are encouraged to come back to church. People often say as a Christian, you don’t have to go to church. Or you hear them say don’t be religious be spiritual. But as we read in Luke 4:16, “Jesus went to the synagogue on the Sabbath day, as was His custom.” We too as Christians and followers of Christ, should have a custom of going to church on the Sabbath. 

In a previous sermon, Pastor Ralph Douglas West talks about when he was asked why people don’t go to church as much as they used to. He sheds some light on the subject based on his life and experience. He says as a baby boomer, he has lives through some of the most socio-political revolutions in America. One was “Down with the Establishment.” In many ways they became anti-institutional. He goes on to mention how their parents dragged them to church, Sunday school, BTU, BYPU, and midweek service. And as a result of this, some of his friends made the commitment that they were not only going to stop going to church but also, they were not going to force religion on their children. This caused a huge revolution where parents opted out of participating in the religious education of their children. Based on his life this could be a reason why some people are not going to church as often as they have in the past. 

Often times people are more inclined to talk about the bad in the church rather than the good. They use that bad as an excuse to stop going. But have you ever experienced a bad doctor or a bad teacher? Did that stop you from going to the doctor or going to school? There are some good lawyers and bad lawyers, but if you’re in legal trouble, will you not find a lawyer? Regardless of the good or bad, if the Lord wakes you up on a Sunday morning, why not give Him praise and worship Him at church. 

In this same sermon, Pastor West also shared some of the reasons why he loves the church.

  1. Pas loves the church because he likes being around people. 
  2. Pas loves hearing the gospel, hearing what God can do in this corrupt world.
  3. The church challenges Pas to grow. His foundation didn’t come from school. It came from the church.
  4. Pas finds encouragement at the church. It never comes from the same direction each week. 

Can you relate to some of Pastor West’s reasons for loving the church? Why do you love the church? What does the church mean to you? 

Be an encouragement to someone and share your story of how the church has helped you along this journey called life. Invite them to join you at church this Sunday so they too can experience the Word of God, grow spiritually and be encouraged on their journey. 

Excerpts from Pastor West’s 2017 Back to Church sermon. 

Pastor West explains why Small Groups are important

Participating in a Small Groups Bible Study is the best way to grow spiritually as Christians. In addition to attending worship services on Sunday, when studying the Word of God in a Small Group, people function better and grow more effectively. In the video, Pastor West expounds on the following three reasons why Small Groups are so important to Christians:

  1. In Small Groups, you learn alongside other believers
  2. In Small Groups, participation gives you built-in accountability
  3. In Small Groups, you develop life-long relationships

Let’s hear from Pas… click the “Play” button.

As we continue on Our Journey 8-week Prayer Campaign, this week’s prayer focus is Spiritual Growth. Pray this prayer everyday this week to allow the Lord to help you decide which Small Group Bible Study is suitable for you.

Heavenly Father, our desire is to love you with our whole heart. Our desire is to follow you. Our desire is to be an instrument for you! In or­der for us to love, follow, and be used by you, we must avail ourselves to grow in you. Lord, help us to put away the things that keep us from moving in your direction and concentrate on you. Amen!

The new session of Small Groups Bible Study begins on August 20th. Click here to see a full list of classes and descriptions. 

Join Mosaic as we Draw The Circle for 40 days of small group prayer

Join Mosaic as we Draw The Circle for 40 days of small group prayer

Beginning April 22nd, join the Mosaic Women as we Draw The Circle with forty days of prayer with a small group via conference call. In Draw the Circle, through forty true, faith-building stories of God’s answers to prayer, daily scriptures and prayer prompts, Batterson inspires you to pray and keep praying like never before. Begin a lifetime of watching God work. Believe in the God who can do all things. Experience the power of bold prayer and even bolder faith in Draw the Circle.