We all hit tough times when we wonder how we'll make it through. I do. You do. The Church does. It's a time prone to feeling alone & afraid, because we don't always see as clearly at times like these. It's hard to notice the hope & perspective others see. And our anxiety loosens our grip on God's saving presence, that can bring us through even the biggest challenge.
Knowing this reality in our changing world, your Church Council recently spent an afternoon studying the book, "Why Nobody Wants to Go to Church Anymore." (by Thom & Joani Schultz, group.com/4-acts-of-love) The book looks at changes in our world and 4 basic acts of love that bring faith to the changes. These 4 actions can make a huge difference in challenging times and in good times:
1. Radical Hospitality - You're welcome just as you are.
2. Fearless Conversation - Your thoughts are welcome; your doubts are welcome, let's talk.
3. Genuine Humility - We're all in this together.
4. Divine Anticipation - God is here, ready to connect with you in a fresh way.
How might you share the life-changing presence of Jesus through these 4 actions? How might you encourage others to experience & use these?
When we hit tough times it is the basics of Jesus' love & call that make all the difference. And when you see God show up in through these basics, shout it from the rooftop, or at least tell a friend. (post it here!)
10,000 Joys Following Jesus, Dave