Release of The SPIRIT
Reach the Locals
I read this odd story of an outreach in a church in Missouri. I am not a handbell kind of guy, but I am a find a way to reach and impact the area kind of guy. Many times the LORD does not use our reasoning’s to accomplish his plan. Pray that the LORD will open our eyes and hearts to HIS Plan. Pastor Tim
When I was a new pastor at Central Assembly in Springfield, Missouri, a young housewife in her thirties had a vision to teach handbells to students at the middle school next door. I had never put junior high students and church handbells together before, but she wanted to do something to make a connection with people outside the walls of our church.
When the Christmas season came around, she asked if her students could play a Christmas carol in a Sunday morning service. As they played in their less-than-professional way, I sensed something beginning to happen in the crowd. When they finished, two thousand people stood to their feet, cheering and applauding. As the ovation went on and on, I sensed a release in the spirit of the church—I saw the face of Jesus as He began to smile. From that time forward, outreach ministry through the church seemed effortless as God spoke creatively to people and the congregation mobilized to reach outside itself.
Jesus said that the harvest is plentiful but the laborers are few. Then He called us, not to pray for the harvest, but to pray for laborers and workers in His harvest (Matthew 9:37, 38). God’s plan is not just programs, but people who carry His heart and do something about it. Local outreach events are needed, but without laborers called to God’s harvest, they are just more activity.
Pray the Scriptures:
Proverbs 31:8, 9
Matthew 25:35, 36
Pray for volunteers in the church and join with two or three others to pray and think creatively about ways to touch the lives of people outside the church. Pray for tangible opportunities to meet their practical needs but also to verbalize the gospel of Jesus Christ.
For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in. (Matthew 25:35)”