Hello Church family! I really enjoyed Pastor David’s message this past weekend over 1 Cor. 9:19-23. Here is what it says in the New Living Translation, “19 Even though I am a free man with no master, I have become a slave to all people to bring many to Christ20 When I was with the Jews, I lived like a Jew to bring the Jews to Christ. When I was with those who follow the Jewish law, I too lived under that law. Even though I am not subject to the law, I did this so I could bring to Christ those who are under the law21 When I am with the Gentiles who do not follow the Jewish law, I too live apart from that law so I can bring them to Christ. But I do not ignore the law of God; I obey the law of Christ.22 When I am with those who are weak, I share their weakness, for I want to bring the weak to Christ. Yes, I try to find common ground with everyone, doing everything I can to save some23 I do everything to spread the Good News and share in its blessings. In those few verses Paul shares his heart’s desire to see the lost get saved. After his conversion, Paul’s entire life is characterized by serving those around him, with the sole purpose of leading them to Jesus.

I can’t help but wonder what would happen in our country, in our state, in our community, in our Jerusalem if we got this right. For far too long we have gotten comfortable and complacent with our faith, and it shows in the lives of the community and in our churches. God chose us, just as He chose Paul, to find common ground with the people in our lives so that we too can help lead them to Christ. So my challenge to myself and to those who read this is simple. Let’s start by being intentional in our prayers for the lost, but we don’t stop there. Then we must be intentional with our actions, attitudes, and behaviors. Let’s pursue our community with the gospel. Let’s stand arm and arm, young and old alike, united in one purpose! Praying for and pursuing the lost and helping them fall in love with Jesus! Are you ready to get started, if so pray this prayer, “Here am I Lord; send me!”

Love you guys

C