Dear Cross Creek,
Pastor Timothy Keller says in his book Center Church that when God chooses to bring renewal to a church community, it always begins with prayer:
To kindle every revival, the Holy Spirit initially uses what Jonathan Edwards called “extraordinary prayer” — united, persistent, and kingdom centered. Sometimes it begins with a single person or a small group of people praying for God’s glory in the community. What is important is not the number of people praying but the nature of the praying.
Toward that end, I'd like to invite you to join us on Sunday evening, November 19 at 5pm for Seeking God's Face: A Night of Prayer and Worship.
As the new pastor of Cross Creek, my hope is that we would not remain content with "business as usual," but neither would we just go running after "the next big thing" in order to add to our already busy calendars. Above all, I pray that we would seek God's face, committing ourselves to what Jack Miller called "frontline prayer," which has these basic traits:
- A request for grace to confess sins and to humble ourselves
- A compassion and zeal for the flourishing of the church and the reaching of the lost
- A yearning to know God, to see his face, to glimpse his glory
I'd encourage you to read Exodus 33; Nehemiah 1; and Acts 4 for examples of these kinds of prayers for revival. Would you join us, not only this one night in November, but by continually devoting yourself to this kind of "frontline prayer"? May God be glorified in our lives, in our church, and in our community!
This Sunday, October 22 we will have the joy of welcoming in new members to the Cross Creek church family during our morning worship service. In the evening we'll celebrate our Fall Festival together. Praise God for his goodness and faithfulness!!
Grace and peace,