Philippians 1:4: In all my prayers for you, I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel.
I am calling our church to prayer. Everybody pray.
I have a theme for your prayers—JOY!
I have a focus for your prayers—our Partnership in the Gospel.
The partnership in the gospel happens all the time in our church. When we are worshipping together we rehearse the good news about God’s love displayed in Christ Jesus. When we gather for small groups we are discussing with friends the meaning and application of the good news about Jesus.
When we go into our community expressing God’s love in word and deed, this is the partnership in the gospel. When we rally to pull off our amazing VBS, teaching the Bible to kids, this is the partnership in the gospel. When we send our own witnesses to Africa and India, this is partnership in the gospel.
This partnership in the gospel must also happen with our FAITHFUL TO COMPLETE Building Campaign. We simply must have everyone who considers themselves part of this family of faith praying and believing for God’s answer to our need.
When we are finished, all of us will use the new entrance to our church. Our family members and friends will use it as well. And people we do not know will come down that road to hear the gospel.
When we are finished, our youth will have space for worship and discipleship that is designed for them and their needs. We have planned to provide this for our youth since our relocation in 2004. Now it is time to do it.
When we are finished, our preschool ministry will have room to expand on the first floor of our education building. This is the most sensitive space in our entire building, and it is the most significant bottleneck for our work at this site.
When we are finished, our grade-school children will have a new space that is separate, safe, and designed for their needs. They will be surprised and excited when they see their second-floor children’s wing.
When we are finished, our adults will have an additional eight rooms in which to gather for small groups in existing space.
The foundation for our partnership is prayer. Put it on your calendar. Write it in your diary. Make a note on your phone or work computer. Put this article beside your bed or on your fridge. Let’s PRAY WITH JOY because of our partnership!