Further to my previous post in whic I outlined my identity crisis, I'm thankful to God for reminding me what this is actually all about!
Last Sunday I preached at the evening youth service. My message was entitled "Are We There Yet", which was about being "close" to the Kingdom of God but not quite "there" yet, and how we can only get "there" through the saving grace of Jesus. After the sermon I extended an invitiation to those who wished to commit their lives to Christ, and two youngsters responded to the call.
Then on Tuesday I visited a young lady who had submitted an application to have her baby baptised. She had not been worshipping regularly, but this was mostly due to the fact that our church is not particularly "baby-friendly" at the moment with no facilities for infants. (The proposed new building that has just been started incorporates a cry-room, which is a huge step in the right direction, but more needs to be done to help parents with small babies feel welcome in our churches). I suggested that she join one of the home groups in the interim, so that she can be part of a fellowship and have some outlet to worship and hear God's Word. This she gratefully accepted; she came to the cell on Wednesday, enjoyed it immensely, and has stated her intention to come each week from now on.
Thank you, Lord, for reminding me that ministry has nothing to do with me, but is all about drawing people into a closer relationship with You.
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