Connexion Students relaunched on Wednesday night with Fuze. Our students did an amazing job of getting the word out and there were nearly double the number of people there, busting well over the 100 mark. There were tons of first time guests who got to experience it firsthand. We had a dj (Jon the Revalaytor) dropping fresh beats, inflatable bouncers (courtesy of Awesome Jumps) in the lobby, and I’ve never seen so many Chick-fil-a nuggets flowing freely like the land of milk and honey. (It was hard to resist those tasty morsels of heaven.) The student worship band rocked it out (thanks Rene!) and it was inspiring to be a part of the worship at full volume. Our Student Minister, Bobby Fraumann, brought the Word and 5 students took the step to trust in Jesus and give Him their lives! This was a huge night of victory for our Student Team. I’m so incredibly proud of Bobby’s leadership and all the work that the team did to make this happen. If you know of any students (grades 7-12), let them know that Fuze Students is the place to be on Wednesday nights.
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“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!
We’ve been planning and praying for The Presence Christmas Offering that is happening this Sunday, December 16th. Now, it’s finally here!
We’re so excited to be the hands and feet of Jesus in our world by showing His love to the people of Agua Zarca, Guatemala.
Through this offering, we will:
- Throw a big Christmas party in the village, complete with delicious & nutritious food & Christmas cake, Christmas gifts, and needed supplies
- Feed the 45 children in the village every day at school
- Establish a mission base where we can go and share the Good News of Jesus
- Be positioned to take the next steps God leads us to during 2013
I know it’s a busy time of year and some people may not be with us this weekend. We want to make it as easy as possible for you to be a part of the offering even if you’re not here. To make your donation now, click the link below and follow the instructions on the page.
You can give by clicking here today.
Please join us in prayer for this offering, as it’s a BIG step of faith that will make a BIG difference in our lives and the lives of those in another part of the world.
I hope you’ll take a few minutes to watch the video above where I just get to share my heart behind what we’re doing through “The Next BIG Thing.” Yes, we could just celebrate the incredible things God has done through The Connection Church to see atheists become missionaries. But we won’t slow down, let up, or back down from our mandate to lift up the name of Jesus and tell everyone we can about Him. And God has laid 4 specific next steps in front of us that we are excited about taking over the next year.
So listen in, pray up, and write down your commitment so you can fully be a part of this shared effort.
We have an awesome opportunity set before us to know God more intimately and see thousands of lives changed! And as we follow hard after God together, I know you’ll be better for it too.