Often times churches' failures are highlighted, and their successes and victories are seldom heard or celebrated. Failures such as a pastor's fall from grace, churches disunity and dysfunction with one another often find their way to the spotlight.
My goal in this is to do the complete opposite. You see, I believe in the Church. The universal Church. The body of Christ. I love the Church, and I am confident that what the Church is doing in our nation, and nations around the world is making more impact than people are comfortable admitting. It is time to celebrate the victories of the Church!
For example, a couple weeks ago, right here in our community, the Church came together for a Summer Block Party and served this community! We saw the community come together, people from all walks of life, enjoying food, fellowship, and fun all under the banner of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. It was a victory for our community, and it was a victory for the Church!
Church cooperation is seldom heard of in our modern day culture of "my church is better than yours." I believe with everything in me that this attitude of "one church vs. another church" pains the very heart of our God. We cannot effectively minister to this community and this nation as churches that refuse to corporate. Therefore, we must choose to cooperate with one another, and do so in light of the Universal Church, the Kingdom of God, and the eternity of souls.
In a few weeks, there will be another clear example of Churches coming together under the banner of the Gospel to make a difference in our community, and specifically in the lives of our students. It is a community-wide Disciple Now (DNOW) weekend sponsored by Merge Student Ministry and Hagood Youth. The theme is the Kingdom, and the weekend will have a "kingdom focused" mindset in all that we do. We desire to instill within our young people a heart that beats for the Kingdom. We want to see our community changed, and it starts with our students. We would love for you and your students to be apart of this life changing weekend.
The DNOW is Sept. 27-29, and is open to any and all 7th-12th graders! The cost is just $10! Yup, just $10!!! We would love for you to join us for this incredible opportunity to reach our community as the Kingdom of God!
For more information, please call me at (803) 259-1128, or email me at email@example.com. There is also more information on our website at www.mergestudents.com! You can register over the phone, at the Merge, or Hagood Avenue Baptist Church, or online at www.mergestudents.com! Hope to see you there!
Mike D'Attoma is the student pastor of Barnwell First Baptist Church. Follow him on Twitter: @mikedattoma.
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