I have four brief items to spotlight in this weekend enote.
First, we will take all the candy you’re willing to donate for our upcoming Pumpkin Patch Party. Bring your candy to church, drop it in a container and circle Friday night, October 24 for the PPP. Get the word out and bring a whole neighborhood!
Second, I’m so glad that many of you take advantage of our Right Now Media Digital Library. If you are a member at First Colony, you have access to this incredible resource of superb material. Everything from Bible teaching to children’s programming is readily available (think of Right Now Media as a Christian Netflix). Go to our website and click on “resources” for your next steps.
Third, I’ve heard such wonderful reports from the 66 of you who are currently enrolled in Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University class on Wednesday nights. I’m so glad we can offer this excellent resource and we will offer it again in 2015.
Fourth, we have three more weeks in The Story and this week we are in chapter 29 entitled, Paul’s Mission. Bible Scholar Dr. William Larkin underscores the importance of the apostle Paul with this bold statement: “The most important event in human history, apart from the life, death and resurrection of Jesus of Nazareth, is the conversion to Christianity of the apostle Paul.”
Dr. Larkin’s statement may raise a few debates but there is no debate that once Saul is converted to Christ and becomes the apostle Paul, he becomes a dominant force. He will write 48% of the New Testament (13 NT books), he will take the message of Christ to Europe, he will establish countless churches across the Roman Empire, he will redefine Christianity from being a small Jewish sect into a global force and he will radically influence the world. Our world today is still feeling the positive effects of the apostle Paul and his missionary work.
At one point though, Paul was a fire-breathing persecutor of anything Christian. But something happened that took this Jewish Rabbi and transformed him into a Jesus-yes and church-yes kind of guy. It’s a captivating story.
I hope to see you tomorrow. Let’s have a great Sunday together of worship, fellowship, growth and outreach. And let’s keep praying for our brothers and sisters around the globe who are feeling the heat of persecution.
All God’s very best to you,