Weekly Update: October 6, 2015

    Behold, how good and pleasant it is
        when brothers dwell in unity!
    It is like the precious oil on the head,
        running down on the beard,
    on the beard of Aaron,
        running down on the collar of his robes!
    It is like the dew of Hermon,
        which falls on the mountains of Zion!
    For there the LORD has commanded the blessing,
        life forevermore.
(Psalm 133 ESV)

Dear Family,

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Last week I enjoyed attending a Reformed pastors conference in Philadelphia. It was an encouraging time of reflecting on pastoral ministry. In one of the addresses, Dr. Greg Thompson, Senior Pastor of Trinity Charlottesville (PCA), challenged us to consider a missionary paradigm for the church in the U.S.: that, as Christians, we are a minority community intentionally dwelling among those with whom we differ, in hopes that God will make all things new in them and their communities. He encouraged us to consider, "What would we be doing as a church if we were in Afghanistan right now?" In other words, we as the church must see ourselves as missionaries to a secular culture. We may not be in Afghanistan, but we would be foolish to think that our environment here in North Florida is in any less need of the transforming power of the gospel of Jesus Christ. Rather than withdrawing, let us, with the hearts of missionaries, move toward our neighbors in love and compassion.

Please keep Christianity Explored in prayer, and consider participating and bringing a friend or neighbor. It begins tonight (Tuesday) at 7:00pm at the church. It will be a 7-week course geared for discovering who Jesus is and why he matters to the big questions of life.

This Sunday I will be preaching on Mark 14:10-21. I can't wait to worship with you.

Grace and peace,

Keith