Tuesday, December 21, 2010

The Last Six Weeks & the Future

Since October we changed the routine a bit and as a result have been experiencing great things at Pace Community Church. I took a break from my regular preaching routine (of teaching through books of the Bible) and did a couple of topical series; (1) Sanctification, and (2) Knowing the Will of God. It has been a refreshing change for us and beneficial.

But the month of December has been the most different. For three Sunday’s we’ve had families from our congregation take the stage and testify in the morning service as part of the message. They spoke about their spiritual journey, painful chapters in their life, even the crises of faith they have faced. To say it has been moving would be an understatement; it has been very dramatic and deeply convincing. I so appreciate the transparency and authenticity of these people.

Some people have been so touched by these testimonies that they are saying things like, “I wish we could do this every Sunday” or, “I would like to hear more of these stories every week.”

I must confess to you that it is not possible for us to do this kind of service each week, (working through the details is very time consuming, etc.). On the other hand, I recognize how effective these type of church services are and think it would be a good idea if we incorporated this type of format on a more regular basis. WHAT DO YOU THINK? Would you like to hear more? Leave me a comment (here or on Facebook).

THIS SUNDAY is going to be a great day too. I was able to preview a first viewing of the video that Paul Thornton has put together for us entitled, “The Year in Pictures” and I must tell you I was very impressed. There is still a little bit of editing to finish up, but it’s going to be very enjoyable to watch. YOU DON’T WANT TO MISS THIS! Pace Community Church is an exciting church and there is a lot going on; more than I can keep up with.

The first Sunday in January I will be sharing a message entitled “Our Future is in the New.” This will be a vision-casting message and I will outline what (I believe) God would have us attempt in 2011. I could not be more hopeful about PCC than I am right now.

The following Sunday we will begin a message series from the book of Genesis on the LIFE OF JOSEPH. This will be a verse-by-verse exposition of one of the greatest stories in the entire Bible. Except for Jesus, the story of Joseph is one of the greatest examples of godly character and integrity in the Bible.. Trust me, this will not be some boring exposé on outdated events. It's going to be Biblical truth with modern-day relevance and application. We’ll talk about dysfunctional families, generational curses, sexual tension in the workplace, suffering for doing good, lessons from the school of hard knocks, on-the-job integrity, reaping & sowing, forgiveness among family members, and much, much more. It is going to be LIFE CHANGING for some people and EVERYONE is going to LEARN the WORD OF GOD!

Let me know what you think.


Andrew K. said...

My wife and I have been moved beyond words straight to tears over the testimonies given the last few weeks, to include the cardboard testimonials. They have shown us examples of Christ's work in our church family and I can speak for both of us and say that any more testimonies are welcomed in the future.

Ron said...

Thanks Andrew. BTW, look for your picture (being baptized) in the video this Sunday.