By Pastor Doug
Our God does indeed love the world and as imitators of God, we are to also love the world not desiring the things of this world but to love generously all made in God’s image.
Our theme for the 46th Missions Conference is “For God so Loved the World” from John 3:16. With this theme in mind, we begin with God’s Word from John 3:16 and all the ways God loves the world. Yet such love does not presume that God is loving each person in a saving manner.
Indeed, the love of God does flow from His goodness and is designed to bring individuals to repentance. “Or do you despise the riches of His goodness, forbearance, and longsuffering, not knowing that the goodness of God leads you to repentance?” (Rom 2:4)
The morning services will focus on our theme verse which is further elaborated on in 1 Timothy 4:10, “For to this end we both labor and suffer reproach, because we trust in the living God, who is the Savior of all men, especially of those who believe.”
Our Sunday School March 7th, Josh and Anacari will give their report on the College Ministry. On Sunday evening, ESOL with Liz and Jonathan Rumbaugh will report as well as Debra Smith on the Afghan ministry. We are grateful for how these ministries adjusted to the problems of Covid-19 restrictions to ministry. The Word of the Lord is not bound by the pandemic.
We welcome Dr. Dominic Aquila to Sunday School and to preach at the morning worship service on March 14th. Our Savior provides gospel reaping to minister to the fields white for harvest. He will report on the ministry of New Geneva Seminary particularly in Egypt as well as preaching God’s Word during the worship services.
On the 21st, Jim Melnick, Frank Sindler, Tracy Dager, and I will be telling the story about the Lord’s work in Israel and Palestine since 1995 to the present during morning worship and Sunday School. We will conclude Sunday evening to celebrate what our Savior has accomplished by His grace.
During our concluding Sunday, Jim Melnick will exhort us to continue our efforts to love the world so that the goodness of God might motivate people to trust our Savior. During Sunday School, Billy and Yashmin Clark will testify and report on their ministry for the future in Colombia. We will celebrate their time with us before they leave next week.
Please pray for our Missions ministry that the Lord would encourage us by what God has done, and that He may motivate us to continue faithful ministry of the love of God to our community, nation, and world.