The hands & feet of the Body of Christ at South Church. The horizontal mission of the Church must be rooted in vertical love & knowledge of the Lord. As Jesus said, "Out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks." Restore families seek to live out what is learned through Proclaim & Sustain.
Followers of Jesus, linked in arms, facing outward: living on mission, sharing life together, growing in Truth.
"Be watchful, stand firm in the faith, act like men, be strong. Let all that you do be done in love" (1 Corinthians 16:13-14).
Men, I challenge you to step up and lead! Lead yourself, through training in righteousness. Read God's word. Read the Puritans. Read the time-tested classics of the Christian faith. Ask Matt or Blake, and we will outfit with the good stuff. Get some face-to-face discipleship going with another spiritually-hungry dude. Lead your wife, by laying your life down for her. Cherish her. Cultivate her. Equip her to flourish. Lead your family, by speaking words of grace and truth to them. Pray for and with your family. Lead your friends, neighbors, and co-workers, by inviting them to South Church gatherings and groups. I believe in you! You can do it! By God's grace: reject passivity (1 Corinthians 16:13-14), take responsibility (Philippians 2:5-8), lead courageously (Ephesians 2:10), and expect God's greater reward (Matthew 25:21). Let's man up and do this!
"Brothers, we ask and urge you in the Lord Jesus, that as you received from us how you ought to walk and to please God, just as you are doing, that you do so more and more. For you know what instructions we gave you through the Lord Jesus. For this is the will of God, your sanctification: that you abstain from sexual immorality; that each one of you know how to control his own body in holiness and honor, not in the passion of lust like the Gentiles who do not know God; that no one transgress and wrong his brother in this matter, because the Lord is an avenger in all these things, as we told you beforehand and solemnly warned you. For God has not called us for impurity, but in holiness. Therefore whoever disregards this, disregards not man but God, who gives his Holy Spirit to you" (1 Thessalonians 4:1-8).
Are you teachable? Are you open to correction? As Christians, we realize that we are all sinners and in need of training in righteousness. This is why we pursue personal, daily discipleship, and disciple others. We all need to have a mentor, and be a mentor. Do you have someone speaking into your life? Who really knows you? Are you speaking into the life of your disciples? Friend, this is so crucial! Don't settle for a private life of loneliness, sin, and isolation. This is not God's best for you! Pursue others, like Jesus pursued you. Care enough to confront and correct. Let's do this together and pursue holiness and sanctification. Can we count on you? Are you a disciple-making disciple? Please pray today for our Guys BBQ, Ladies Gathering, and Friday night Restore Group. Pray that God will deepen us in this ministry of correction and disciple-making ... for God's glory and our joy.