I hope you are having a great Friday!
I woke up today and for reasons God only knows I was reminded of a time while I was in Albania that I had the chance to hear John Stott preach. If you haven’t heard about him, pause right now and google him, then continue reading. I remember his sermon very well. It was a sermon on the necessity of biblical preaching. It was a sermon on the importance of sermons. Here was a preacher talking about preaching to a bunch of pastors and missionaries. Above all else, it was stirring and foundational in my own purpose and mission as a Christ-follower.
He referenced Acts 2:42-47 in his sermon. It says, “And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. 43 And awe came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were being done through the apostles. 44 And all who believed were together and had all things in common. 45 And they were selling their possessions and belongings and distributing the proceeds to all, as any had need. 46 And day by day, attending the temple together and breaking bread in their homes, they received their food with glad and generous hearts, 47 praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to their number day by day those who were being saved.”
That day in Albania in 2005, as well as in his book he wrote later in 2007 called The Living Church, Stott talked about what the church should look like. Among other descriptions, he said that a living church is a group of Christ followers who enter into other people’s worlds just as God entered ours and bring the gospel message in word and deed. He proceeded to walk through each element of this section of scripture starting in verse 42. He says this in The Living Church, “The first characteristic Luke selects is very surprising; I do not think we would have chosen it. It is that a living church is a learning church.”
I love this! We see in Acts the formation and daily workings of the early church and the first thing Luke mentions is their commitment to the Apostle’s teaching, which today we find in the Bible. I also think Stott hits on something here in that this may not be the first thing we today would describe a living church to be. How would you describe a living church?
We hope to see you this Sunday as we continue through the story of Esther together.

Current Preaching Topic – We are beginning a new study through the book of Esther this Sunday. Read Chapter 2:5-20 before Sunday and come ready to dive in!

FCA Worship night  – Fellowship of Christian Athletes and UNITE, a local ministry organization, are teaming up together for one great event! It is a Christian concert, Rise Up to Victory, on April 27th from 7-9 p.m. in the Greehey Arena. They will have great speakers and awesome local worship bands coming out to play. The concert is free for anyone and everyone. Look for “RiseUpToVictory” on facebook.

Baptisms on May 6 – Have you been thinking about being baptized? We will be doing a baptism service after church on May 6 at the Galt’s house. If you would like to sign up or if you have questions about it, please email info@theparksa.org and put Baptism in the subject line.

We are moving! – on June 3rd we will start meeting at Huebner Elementary School.

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