This is what it’s all about! 5 people went public with their faith last Sunday! It never gets old!
Archives For Evangelism
Do you notice the signs that you see all around you? I read that we see up to 5000 signs every day. That’s a lot of messages that are trying to get through.
But one of the most important signs you will see is the sign of baptism. Baptism is an outward sign of an inward changed life. It happens when someone says, “I’m choosing to trust Jesus with my life, both today and forever.”
I LOVE baptism because it takes guts to stand up, get in that water in front of hundreds of people and go public with your faith. And I love that we see so many people taking that step at The Connection Church!!! It never gets old!
This weekend, we went out to Rio Vista Falls at the San Marcos River and celebrated 17 people who took the plunge! You should see the looks on people’s faces as they float by in their tubes! It’s also amazing to see our people lined up across the bridge to watch!
Thanks to everyone who serves & gives at The Connection Church for playing a part in every changed life! Thanks to Mark Torres and Dave Douglas for grilling up the burgers & hot dogs! The pictures below tell the story much better than I can, thanks to Charity Estrada for the great shots!
Did you know that how we perceive smells is tied to our emotions and what we associate with those smells? For example, if you have a fond memory of your pet skunk PePe, you might just love the smell of skunk spray. I’m not sure why, but I love the smell of the ocean and rain.
When it comes to leadership, I was talking with a friend one time who said, “That guy WREAKS of leadership.” After I contained my laughter, that thought stayed with me. Every leader has a smell. What is yours like?
2 Corinthians 2:15 says, Our lives are a Christ-like fragrance rising up to God. But this fragrance is perceived differently by those who are being saved and by those who are perishing.
Which brings to mind a couple of questions.
1) Is my life a pleasing aroma to God? Or do I need some air-freshener?
2) How do those who are far from God respond to my aroma? Are they being drawn to Jesus, or are they being pushed further away?
While I make sure to wear enough deodorant and some cologne everyday, I hope that people would say about me, “That guy smells like vision for changed lives!”
Get Ready to Grow:
Here’s an online daily devotional that you can use as a guide to draw closer to God during this season: Crosswalk Easter Devos
Also, make plans to attend the Good Friday service on March 29 to remember and reflect on Jesus sacrifice on the cross.
Get Ready to Invite:
Stats consistently show that 9 out of 10 people would attend a church if they were invited. God has placed people in your life for a reason. So, step up and invite them to be with you on Easter Sunday.
Get Ready to Serve:
Our service strategy is very simple: Attend a service and serve a service. (Of course, it would be great if the service you attend is the 9 or Noon to make more room at the 10:30.) If you’re not already on a ministry team, you can go here to let us know you want to serve on Easter Sunday: Volunteer . Just fill out the form at the bottom of the page and we’ll get in touch with you soon.
Get Ready to Give:
We’ll be receiving a special Easter Offering to fund 2 specific opportunities: expanding our current facilities and caring for those in our own community. Be praying about what God would have you give over and above your regular tithe to invest in our shared mission. If you want to give online, you can do that here.
As we get ready together, I know we’ll make a huge impact this Easter.
“Or! What is it good for? Absolutely Nothing!” The Coke Zero commercial nails it! Why do people think “or” when we should be thinking “and“? If you’re not careful, people will try to back you into a corner, making you choose between two alternatives, when both options are true. Of course, the result is that you end up with only half of something that’s meant to be an incredible whole.
Paul dealt with this very issue in Galatians 3:28 where he wrote, “There is no longer Jew or Gentile, slave or free, male or female. For you are all one in Christ Jesus.”
Why choose between one or the other, when God says yes to both?
One example that really hits home for me is Quality or Quantity. Some people think when it comes to a church, you have to choose one or the other. They ask, “Do you want a lot of people to be a part of your church, or do you want to have just a few, but those few are spiritually mature?” That’s a Stupid Separation! Why not both? Those aren’t mutually exclusive.
Do you want the church to be Deep or Wide? Why not both?
At The Connection Church, we want to see as many people come to know Jesus as Savior and Lord and we want them to grow to become fully devoted followers of Jesus.
Another Stupid Separation is between Attractional or Missional. This is a question of whether or not we invite people into the church to tell them about Jesus or send people out into the world to tell them about Jesus.
I say, “Why not both?” In the Gospels, you hear both of these statements: “Come and see.” AND “Go and tell.” So at The Connection Church, we do both. We bring ‘em in and send ‘em out.
We have zero tolerance for divisiveness. Why make a Stupid Separation when God says it’s both? I’m done with “or.” Say it again!