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.
Soon Christians around the world will celebrate the glorious fact that our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, suffered, died, and rose triumphantly so we might “have life, and have it abundantly” (John 10:10b). Hundreds of thousands of those who will join in this incredible celebration are Nazarenes, and these Nazarene worshipers will gather to praise our risen Lord in at least 159 world areas.
How is it possible that the Church of the Nazarene has had such enormous outreach among the lost around the world? The answer is simple—our people are known for sacrificial giving to missions. From our earliest days, in obedience to God, Nazarenes have been committed to make Christlike disciples in the nations.
We share His life with others out of gratitude for what He has done for us!
SAVE THE DATE FOR PALCON - June 17-19, 2014 at Eastern Nazarene College
Eastern Nazarene College is gearing up to host hundreds of pastors and lay leaders on its campus for PALCON on June 17-19, 2014. Yes, you read that correctly. This year, at ENC, registration is open to lay leaders. Housing is limited so early registrations are encouraged.
SDMI Rally is scheduled for Saturday July 26th from 9:30am to 12:00 noon at the District Center. The speaker is Rev Kerry Willis.