Saturday, February 21, 2015

E-Note From Pastor Andy 2-21-15



February 21, 2015

Dear Eastridge Church,

Since I arrived in January 2011 to be the pastor here at Eastridge, I have been talking about discipleship.  I have been asking everyone the question, “Who are you discipling?”  I ask this question in response to the Great Commission that Jesus gave His disciples in Matthew 28:19-20…Go and Make Disciples.

My conviction is this: If we are genuine disciples of Jesus then we will be about the business of making disciples of Jesus.  The problem for many comes in this question: “How…How do you make a disciple?”  I think I am willing but I just don’t know how to do it.

The first step is to worship Jesus.  In the Matthew 28:17, the first thing the disciples of Jesus do when they see Him is to worship Him.  This is why we start the week off on Sunday morning by gathering together to worship.

The second step is once we have received His instructions (The Great Commission…Go and Make Disciples) we begin to go and pray about our “oikos.”  Who are the people in our “oikos” that God would like for us to bring before The Throne of Mercy in prayer?  We begin to pray for these people each day on our “oikos” list.  We pray that God would soften their hearts to receive the message of salvation and we pray that God would open doors for us to share the Good News with them.

The third step is to take some action to build a relationship with them.  I plan to talk specifics tomorrow morning and I want to challenge you to join me in putting into practice some habits from now until Easter. 

A few months ago we asked the question, “What is the Church?”  The answer I offered was this: The Church Is…The covenant community of God’s people, the Body of Christ, gathered by his invitation, hearing/applying his word, receiving his grace, scattered weekly to do his will.

Let’s be the church that God has called us to be!

Alabaster Offering
Alabaster offering will be received tomorrow morning on February 22nd.  Be sure to pick up an offering box if you have not already done so from the information table.

Valentines Banquet
Thanks to everyone who helped make the Valentines banquet a fun success!  The youth were able to raise over $300 from the banquet.  You may want to check out the photos that Ashley took on Sunday if you have not had a chance to do so on the Church Facebook page “Eastridge Nazarene Church”

Prayer
On Saturday morning at 9am Pastor Daniel leads a prayer meeting.  On Sunday morning at 8:30am Pastor Josh will lead a prayer meeting before the morning worship service.

Gaither Vocal Band
Central Community Church is having the Gaither Vocal Band in concert on Friday, April 10, 2015.  The Church is located at 6100 W. Maple we have more information on the information desk in the church entryway.

MNU Night at Worlds of Fun
MNU Night at Worlds of Fun is Friday, April 24th, 2015 from 6:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.  This event will once again be one of the many fun-filled activities of our MAX event.  Join in the great times of fellowship and support for MidAmerica Nazarene University to make it a wonderful 41st year!  By attending this year’s MNU Night at Worlds of Fun, you will not only have fun, but will help present and future students attend MNU.

Visit www.mnu.edu/worldsoffun to order your ticket online.  Online tickets are printed instantly from your home or office, so be sure to have a printer handy. No refunds or credit will be issued for unused online tickets.  Online tickets are $26.50 (plus tax) prior to Wednesday, April 4, and $30.00 (plus tax) after April 4


Pastor Andy

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