Greetings Home Group Leaders,
As you know, the return of our Lord Jesus is the most common prophecy in the Bible. Hundreds of references indicate that He is coming for us and will judge the world and establish His kingdom.
Connected with His departure is the call to continue His mission of love. Jesus’ prayer in John 17 says, “As you sent me into the world, I have sent them into the world” (John 17:18). We are “sent” to fulfill the mission that Jesus began, the mission of making disciples.
We are now on the front lines of discipleship. Where we work, play, live and serve is our mission field. It is our joy to make Jesus known and share His good news. As we do life and mission together, our world is drawn into the kingdom of God.
How we are to make disciples was modeled by Jesus: we trust the Father. Everything Jesus did was about loving and trusting the Father. Jesus so loved the Father that He couldn’t go a day without talking to Him in prayer. Jesus so loved the Father that He lived in complete obedience.
On the final night before Jesus was killed, He gave the disciples a key privilege: “Until now you have not asked for anything in my name. Ask and you will receive, and your joy will be complete” (John 16:24). Asking is prayer of trust in the Father. Those who trust in Him will see fruit and be filled with joy. The prayer of faith in our Good Father is essential to the making of disciples.
Let’s pray. Let’s ask our Father to call up workers, to love, serve, and share the good news through us. Let’s continue the work of Christ until He returns.
CALENDAR AND PRAYER NOTES:
October 16 – Women’s Ministry Retreat and Light & Power Retreat
October 18 – Week Six study
October 24 – Mexico pre-build in Trinity Parking Lot
October 31 – Halloween in your neighborhood
October 31 – End of Daylight Savings
REPEAT FROM LAST WEEK
Ideas for how to connect with “your world” on Halloween from Kim Simons:
It’s a night when hundreds of families will wander around your neighborhood, smiling and enjoying one another, and giving candy to children. Think strategically: For those who are anti-Halloween I have this challenge. One night a year one hundred families want to come to your door and say hello. Are you going to greet them? Or are you going to turn off your light and pretend they don’t exist? Don’t be “that family” on your block. Also, don’t be that neighbor that hands out a tract and no candy. If you do hand out a tract, make sure there is a way to follow up, or “continue” the conversation. Embrace Halloween as an opportunity to be good news in your neighborhood.
- Sit on the front porch and talk to people as they come by. Resist the temptation to go inside between visitors. Make great small talk with parents. You will be surprised how your neighbors will do the same. You can even have great little conversations porch-to-porch between visitors.
- Make it a game. Set up a simple game in your front yard to give trick-or-treaters the opportunity to win the big candy bar. It could be as simple as a bean bag toss or throwing a football to knock something down.
- Host a warming station on your block. Set up a little tent in your driveway or front yard and serve coffee, hot cocoa, and apple cider. It’s a great break to the routine and easy to invite your small group or someone who doesn’t have trick-or-treaters to help with.
- Do something fun and not-so-scary. Rent a bounce house and play some music. Just because you don’t want to get into the whole ghosts/zombie thing doesn’t mean you can’t be creative to have some fun with the hundreds of kids who will come up your walk.
- Have a Halloween block party. Organize your neighbors so that everyone comes out to enjoy a potluck dinner such as a baked potato or chili bar with lots of toppings. Close off the street, and get to know your neighbors as others come through and trick-or-treat. This is a perfect opportunity for conversations!
Get together with some other friends and families from Trinity and brainstorm how you will punch holes in the darkness this Halloween.
Our Pastor Search Team has finished all training and is now engaged in their work. Please keep them in your prayers.
Praying for His love and grace in you,