God at Work

“For God, who was at work in Peter as an apostle to the circumcised, was also at work in me as an apostle to the Gentiles.” - Galatians 2:8

Dear Friends,

God at work…

This Sunday, we’re about to conclude our Risky 6 series, looking at 6 individuals from the scriptures who took a huge risk. It may be the most monumental risk taken, because it affected the entire trajectory of the church and still affects us today! It’s a bit of a long story, told over a chapter and a half in the book of Acts (Chapters 10 and the first half of 11), where Peter, and Cornelius both, really, take some huge risks to meet, talk and accept one another. I’m excited to dig into it on Sunday.

But before you even get to that story, it’s important to see the foundation - God at work in the hearts, minds and lives of two different people who didn’t know each other at all.

God at work.

When we think about the risks that Abigail, David, Esther, John & Mary took, we often focus on their work, their choice to speak up, step out and put themselves in a vulnerable position. We see how they did it and we ask the question “How can I faithfully emulate them? What risk is God inviting me to take?” And it can be pretty weighty.

What we can’t miss though, is that behind every single story, every single risk - every. single. one. - is the amazing, loving, God of the Universe, who prepared them and that situation.

God at work.

In the past couple of days I’ve had several encouraging conversations with different individuals of our church and community. Nothing earth-shattering. No front-page news to share. None of them big enough to send the Dow Jones or NASDAQ for big jump. But each of them, in their own little way, markers of God’s work, behind the scenes, quietly preparing our church and community for exciting things ahead.

None of us know more than our own little piece of the story. But be encouraged, because God is at work in each of us and in many people and situations we haven’t yet heard about, to weave something brilliantly beautiful together. And I can’t wait to see some of it with you!

Welcoming You to Grow in Jesus,

Pastor Don

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