I have been thinking a lot about the story of King David this past week and have been considering how quickly things can take a pretty bad turn. For David, an evening walk in the Spring ended in murder. If you aren’t familiar with the story, during an evening walk around the roof of his palace, David spots Bathsheba in a pretty compromising situation. The David we know to this point would have done the honorable thing, but then something strange happens. David finds himself tempted and has an affair with a woman who already had a husband. To make matters worse for him, Bathsheba becomes pregnant and David tries to cover it, by bringing her husband Uriah home from the war. When Uriah wouldn’t go to his wife, David realizes he has a problem and conspires to murder Uriah. David succeeds in having Uriah killed and after Bathsheba has mourned the loss of her husband, he took her as his wife and we see in 2 Samuel 11:27 “…the thing David had done displeased the Lord.”
What in the world happened to David? In 1 Samuel 13:14 we read that David is “a man after his (God’s) own heart.” How did David get from pleasing God to displeasing God in such dramatic fashion. He went for a walk, had an affair, then murdered a woman’s husband. This truly speaks to the power of sin. Anyone of us, no matter how good we think we are, could find ourselves in same position when we let our desires have dominion over us. David succumbed to temptation and then attempted to cover up his mistake with more sin. David allowed sin to reign in his life and the consequences were grave. That’s why it is so important for us to flee from sin when we see it. Romans 6:12 tells us, “Therefore, do not let sin reign in your mortal body so that you obey its evil desires.”
David was out and about minding his own business when temptation struck and he allowed sin room in his heart to take root and grow, A simple walk turned into murder in a blink of an eye when sin and desire were allowed to reign. The same could happen to any of us. Lets take the words of Romans 6:12 seriously so that we don’t find ourselves in the same precarious situation covering up sin with sin before we even know what has happened.
After a flurry of posts over the last couple of weeks, I have been finding it difficult to sit down and blog something worthwhile. And then an epiphany…or at least half decent idea. I was looking through some of my notes from the summer this morning and done word kept coming up over and over again. The word I saw scattered through my notes was outreach. It was a shining beacon in the midst of the chaos that I call my notes. So, I wanted to share with you some of my thought on outreach.
Here is what I have been thinking. Without outreach, the church doesn’t grow. It is essential that we go into our communities and share the Gospel of Jesus Christ. God commands it and so we do it. If we want to see people come to Jesus then we must participate in the ministry that he has called us to. “With great power comes great responsibility”. This is the running theme in the Spiderman comics and should be a major theme in our lives as well. As Christians, we have been given great power through the Holy Spirit and with that the responsibility to go and make disciples. Unfortunately our outreach efforts are hampered because we are afraid. Fear causes us to deny the power that rests in the Spirit and then we deny our responsibility to make disciples.
The other thing I have been thinking about with outreach is that it is an essential to our own spiritual growth. It provides an opportunity to use what God has given to us to serve Him and others. Outreach isn’t just good for others. Its also good for the one doing the service. It builds faith and character specifically when we must rely on God for the end result. When a person does any kind of meaningful outreach, it builds in that person a deeper appreciation for God and the graces and mercies that he gifts to us every day. In service, a person is reminded that success rests in the hands of God. Faith is built in us when we trust in God for the results instead of relying on ourselves to get the job done.
I know these aren’t fully fleshed out ideas, but these are things I have been thinking about. I hope this gives you something to think about as well.
This is one of my favorite scenes in all of moviedom. It’s silliness is beyond measure and that is what I love. Its classic, silly, and ridiculous all at the same time. It brilliant. But its also deep. It might not seem that way upon the first viewing, but I think there is something here that comes to bear on the human experience. We have all had or will have tough bridges over huge scary chasms that we must cross on life’s Journey. Sometimes we face those bridges with uncommon courage and valor. Other times fear overwhelms us and we never make it across. In fact fear grips us so tightly that at times we would rather die than make it across that bridge. We have all been standing at the edge of the bridge and had to make a choice. Move forward…or turn around and go back. What bridge has God asked you to cross today? How have you responded?
If you want to hear more about bridge crossing, come to the C&MA church in Morgantown this Sunday at 6pm.
The WVU School year will beginning in the next couple of weeks and that means College Church is starting back up too. If you are a student at WVU and are looking for a church community, come and check us out. Our official kickoff for the fall looks like this:
Date: August 21st
Time: 6:00 pm
Place: Christian & Missionary Alliance Church of Morgantown
Event: Welcome back picnic. There will be free food, and fellowship. There will be games of the outdoor (Kickball, volleyball, etc) and board variety. It shall be an event of epic awesomeness. The shear magnitude of this will be unmeasurable.
What Should you do? : Bring lots of friends. Seriously…invite a lot people.
Our first service will be held August 28th at the C&MA Church in Morgantown at 6pm. Free dinner after the service.
And don’t forget our fall retreat occurring September 16th-18th at Canaan Valley. The cost is $20 unless you are a freshman then its $15. Scholarships are available so please don’t let money be a factor for you. Its a great opportunity to meet new people.
On September 10th, a group from College Church will be going up to the foodbank in Pittsburgh to help out.
Keep all these dates on your calendar. For more information check out: