I want to send out a big THANK YOU to all who made the 2015 Family Camp so great. From the workers to those who attended, you all allowed the Lord to work in the lives of so many people who we continue to pray will be forever changed. Please do not forget, these ground which we call the Pittsburgh District Campground and Retreat Center is more than some acres with campers, houses and buildings. These grounds have been dedicated and rededicated to the work of the Lord for His kingdom. Better yet, this district, from the north to the south, from the east to the west is dedicated to the work of the Lord for the building of His kingdom! As the Lord said to Moses in preparation for the children of Israel going to the Promised Land, "Every place on which the sole of your foot treads shall be yours (Deut. 11:24)." I would encourage you to read the context of this passage if you want to really get excited. Let's take this land for the Lord!!! Let's get out and do something for the kingdom. Praise be to the Lord!
J Bret Metcalfe, District Shepherd
Taking it to the streets!
From the rural dirt lane to the busy city street the Pittsburgh District is busy taking the message of the Gospel out into the streets. We do this because that is our mission, to make Christ-like disciples. We can't do that if we are huddled safely in our church buildings. In fact, Jesus said in His parable about the great banquet "Go out to the roads and country lanes and make them come in, so that my house will be full."
We are learning that in a culture saturated with choices regarding religion that we have to make the message relevant to where people are at today so that the Holy Spirit can bring them to where He wants them to be.
As we read the Gospel we learn that Jesus didn't hang out in the Synagogue all day and hope that people would come to him. He went out to where the people were, the city streets, the wedding banquets, the lake and even a cemetery. He went to those places because that is where the people were and that is where he could meet their needs.
The challenge for us as Christians it to be obedient to Jesus, to take up our cross daily and follow him out to where he is working, out in the streets. From our 38 cities, 428 boroughs and hundreds of towns and villages the message of the Gospel, the message of holiness needs to be told. Won't you join us in this journey? Are you a lay person living in one of those places without a Church of the Nazarene, won't you begin a Bible study in your home and invite your un-churched neighbor to be a part of it? Board member won't you prode your pastor to step out of their comfort zone and identify a ministry that they can begin and then join with them? Pastor won't you challenge your church to adopt the borough or town next to yours and identify a need there and begin meeting it so that you can establish a preaching point?
Join with us as we take the message to the streets.