What a joy it is to look around on Sundays and see all the faithful attendees at Immanuel Baptist. Thank you for your faithfulness. You have been a great encouragement to the staff and to each other. It takes so many people to make our church minister effectively and it’s wonderful how many of you “step up to the plate” to volunteer. Hopefully, you have learned that you can’t, out give the Lord. Thank you so much – it is great to watch.
As we have tried to do through these Churchwide letters, the Book of Hebrews teaches us to “stimulate one another to love and good deeds.” I want to share one of the most important activities we found as missionaries that could be done to help an “emerging” church to thrive. It is not necessarily a hard thing but only took time and commitment. It makes a healthy new church and can revitalize an older church. Have I got you guessing? One of the most important things you can do is visiting with each other.
This took many forms on the mission field but it is important for the life of a church to get together to eat, picnic, walk, and etc. outside the walls of the church. I know we enjoy the fellowship while we are at church, but there is something very special about a meal or time in each other’s homes. So, maybe the Lord is prompting you to invite someone over. Go ahead, let’s get it on the calendar. It is a perfect place to practice, “Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing.” (I Thes. 5:11)