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2/9 Prayer & Worship Recap

This past Sunday we gathered and prayed for our church and that God would use us to make a Gospel impact in Greenville, NC to uttermost parts of the world. Here are several things we were able to pray for:

1) We installed our new elder, Todd Hammell. Several months back we acknowledged Todd as an elder candidate. But this past Sunday we made the official announcement that Todd will be one of our new elders. Pastor Scot read 1 Timothy 3, the qualifications for an elder, and we prayed that Todd would keep these qualifications so that he could best serve our church body.

2) We stressed the importance of Life Groups. We prayed that God would build our community and that life on life discipleship would continue to happen. We also celebrated with hearing testimonies of how God has used Life Groups to impact people within our church family.

3) We prayed for our efforts to reach lost people in Greenville. We highlighted the importance of being a part of ServeGreenville. We then prayed that things like ServeGreenville will challenge us to find opportunities to share the Gospel to those around us.

4) We acknowledged two areas we want to see growth:

  • Prayer - we want a culture of prayer in our church. Our desire is to be a church that “prayers without ceasing”
  • Missions - we asked that God would give us the right opportunities to take the Gospel to uttermost parts of the world and that God would gives us the right people to send out in our church planting initiatives.  

As always, all of these areas require wisdom from God. We must be a people who humbly ask for His favor. Please take a moment to pray for these things as we trust that God will continue to be faithful to His Church.

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Created for Community- Part 3

This is part 3 in a 3 part series. Here is part 1 & part 2

After 7 years of walking with Christ as a believer, I have not grown stronger thinking I can now do this on my own. If anything, I’ve grown more in my need for brothers and sisters in Christ to speak into my life. Authentic community has become more important every year. Over the course of time, the Scriptures that speak about community have only grown further in their significance.

The Glimmer of Hope Revealed
In part 2, I mentioned the glimmer of hope given to mankind in Genesis 3:16. The New Testament reveals Him to be Jesus Christ, the Son of God who comes to accomplish reconciliation by fulfilling the promises of the Old Covenant. He accomplishes reconciliation between man and God through His work on the cross. The cross is the central event of the New Testament, as well as all of scripture.

A Community Reconciled to God
Because of Christ, not only is the believer’s individual relationship to God restored, but a new community of people is also created. Paul explains this beautifully in Ephesians 2:11-12. This text shows that Christ reconciles a new community to God through his death on the cross. As a result, we are no longer hostile enemies of God. Instead, we are now joined together as the household of God. We are now a community founded on the sustaining word of God, with Christ being the reason and center of it all. Christ unites us and together we grow into a further understanding of who he is. 

Paul concludes the section by reminding us that in Christ, believers are “...being built together into a dwelling place for God by the Spirit (Eph. 2:22).” God dwells in this new people--and this community is known as the church. The old divisions no longer apply to the true community of believers: “There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male or female, for all are one in Christ Jesus.” (Gal. 3:28).

We Are Not Scattered Stones
As you read the New Testament you will see that every image of the Church is plural in nature. The church is the true people of God, not mere isolated individuals. The Church is Christ’s body, not separate members. We are the Temple of the Spirit, not scattered stones.

We were created for community and God is continually working in our hearts to draw us near to Himself and each other. Ultimately, community is our destiny because even in the new heavens and new earth we will worship Christ for the rest of eternity together as his redeemed people (Rev. 21:3).

So the question then is, how does community practically work at Integrity Church? At Integrity the context for community is Life Groups. Why should you join one? We will answer that question in our next post.

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