Greetings in Christ!
Yesterday’s sermon gave us a lot to think about, especially as we cast vision into the future, so perhaps a summary would help. As we’ve experienced growth toward the future, some new opportunities have arisen for our church. We can serve the community through Operation Inasmuch, the Highlander Festival, and the Rough Draught Coffee House. We can grow together through starting new discipleship groups and through developing Ministry Coordinators for areas like fellowship and campus ministry. We can work to serve God and grow our community through the development of a new worship service.
Now, that’s a lot to think about, so one way to categorize those things, to simplify our speech, is to think about our relationships Up, In, and Out. Our Up relationship is with God. Our In relationships are those within ourselves and within our congregation. Our Out relationship are those with the community of the New River Valley. We’re called to ministry development Up, In, and Out.
What this means is that our worship is integrally related to our outreach and our congregational relationships. As we develop as a congregation, we should grow in our relationship with God (UP), in discipleship with ourselves as well as in unity with our church (IN), and in relationship with our community (OUT). As you hear more of this language, I hope that you will choose to try new things in each of these areas, taking risks in your Up, In, and Out relationships.
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