Thanks to so many of you who have stepped up to serve in many ways during the past month. We’ve made some significant changes, all designed to help us stay “on mission” (Matt 28:19,20). I want to encourage you to keep inviting your friends and neighbors. A simple invitation to someone you know to attend church with you can open the door to talk about their lives and how they view God. If you don’t ask them to come, you may never know how they feel about church. Don’t take rejection personally. Just keep praying, loving and caring about the lives of those around you. God will do the rest and will prompt you for the next step.
Stand — How do we follow Jesus when it’s tough, when we’re facing a life‑threatening illness (like the Rempel family), when we’ve been ridiculed or teased because of a belief, or when we’re afraid to say we’re a Christian, fearing we’ll be looked down on with disdain? Our message series on the book of James is all about providing the kind of practical answers when we face challenges and we need to stand.
Learning to influence the lives of others toward a relationship with God, in a culture that is “circling the wagons” against God, is not easy. It wasn’t easy for Jesus’ followers in the first century, nor is it easy for us today. Honestly, you can’t do it by yourself. It takes a group; it takes a community; it takes a Home Team. If you’re not connected to a Pathway Home Team, it’s a new year and time for you to take that step. We have a very special “Connection Event” on Sunday, February 8, that will help you connect with a group. You can sign up online at www.pathwaychurch.com.
We’ll see you this weekend!