In his book, Above All, Pastor and current S.B.C. President J.D. Greear says the following:
"The Gospel is itself the raw, unstoppable, death-defeating power of God. This is the power the church needs.
The Gospel is more important than our programs.
The Gospel is more important than our preferences.
The Gospel is more important than our priorities.
The Gospel is more important than our politics.
The Gospel is more important than our _________. (You fill in the blank.)
It doesn't matter how you fill in the blank; the Gospel is always and will always be most important!"
Then, he says what may be the most important statement of the entire book:
"If the Gospel is not above all, it loses it's power."
Think about that this week. If we do not keep the message of the Gospel above everything else, it loses its raw power to transform our lives, our communities, and our church. It is like a stick of dynamite that we refuse to light because we like what we like, we feel how we feel, or were okay with how it has always been.
Keeping the Gospel above all - Five simple words that are easy to say but challenging to live...
Stay safe out there,
1.) Don't Miss This Sunday
We will continue our series, Above All, this week with Part One of a discussion about community. It will be a little different than normal this week, but you will not want to miss it.
2.) Work Week
The week of August 3rd-8th will be work week at the church! Instead of trying to schedule a work day around everyone's summer schedules, we are holding a work week to perform a "deep cleaning" on the inside and outside of the church. There is a signup sheet in the foyer with tasks that need to be completed and you can tackle them whenever is convenient for you during that week! We appreciate your help with this project! Contact Heather Jones for more information or to request cleaning supplies in advance. THANK YOU!
3.) Red Cross Blood Drive
It's that time again... It's time for you to step up and GIVE OF YOURSELF to those who need it most! No, it isn't fun but it is necessary! Due to COVID-19, our contact at the Red Cross said that blood reserves are critically low. Blood banks typically like to have a seven day reserve of blood but because of the pandemic restrictions, they are down to a three day supply. It is imperative that we do our part as the Body of Christ and give what we can to those in desperate need. In order to keep everyone involved safe, this drive will be held by appointment only. Contact Dianne to schedule you appointment today!