Dear Faith Family,
One of my favorite Old Testament stories comes from Joshua 5-6. It is the story of Joshua and the battle of Jericho. I can still remember being in kindergarten and marching around our Sunday School classroom with my paper trumpet. Just like in the story, we marched around the room 7 times and then shouted out in a loud voice! I’m not sure how the other classes felt about it, but I loved it! It was fun to celebrate the ways that God had worked in a city!
As I think about that story, I am reminded of two things. First, the success at Jericho had nothing to do with military strength! This was a spiritual battle! The Israelites did not win because of their wisdom or strength! There were no arrows shot or swords drawn in the battle. It was not the talent of the trumpeter or the skill of the warrior. The victory came because they were faithful to do what God told them to do!
In the same way, I believe that God is calling us as a church into a spiritual battle for our city. The challenges may seem large and our size/skills may not seem to be suited for the task. But, I strongly believe God wants to do a work in our neighborhoods! It is a work that only He can do, but we must be faithful to do whatever he asks!
The second thing about the story that captures my attention is that it began by simply walking around the city. They were walking in the places where they believed that God would act. They were taking God at his word and trusting in Him to move!
Over the next couple of months, we are seeking to engage with our neighbors in very intentional ways. We invite you to join us on Sunday, October 25 @ 4 PM for our first neighborhood prayerwalk. If you have never been on a Prayerwalk, that is ok! We will take a little time to explain the simple concept and then go out into the neighborhood.
On Friday, November 13th @ 7 PM, we will have a neighborhood Drive-In Movie Night in the parking lot. This is a simple way to engage with our neighbors and fellowship together. The event is free and open to our entire community! If you’d like to help us, we are in need of about 8-10 volunteers. Please email Sam Johnson for more information or to volunteer!
Finally, we are seeking to actively engage with our neighbors! We’ve divided our city into 5 sections and are actively praying for God to raise up Neighborhood Coordinators and Neighborhood Ambassadors in each section. If you are interested, please email me and I can send you more information!
Get your trumpets ready! The Lord is on the move in our city!