Consider the area where your church is located. The faithful, the unreached people groups, the brokenness, the flourishing…all of it. As you evaluate your geographic region, what would it take to see the knowledge of the glory of the Lord fill your geography to achieve gospel saturation?
Several other pastors in New York City and I were meeting to discuss our expulsion from using public schools as gathering spaces. Interpreting the move as hostility, we had come together to pray, plan, and talk out a response. The trouble is, what we were viewing as hostility was actually apathy.
“Are we still doing community group over the holidays?” I get asked this question every year in mid-December, and it demonstrates two realities. First, obviously, my planning and communication rhythms are significantly behind!
David’s words are mine some days. Turn to me and be gracious to me, for I am lonely and afflicted. The troubles of my heart are enlarged; bring me out of my distresses. Consider my affliction and my trouble, and forgive all my sins (Psalm 25:16-18).
Christianity is about a vital connection to Christ, with the Holy Spirit of God inside us, for a life of joy and peace and power in the Church and the World. Pentecost was a one-time event, but it’s also the firstfruits of a whole harvest. Those of us believing in Christ and extending his Kingdom on earth through the power of the Holy Spirit: We are the harvest.