Thoughts from Our Pastor

Washing Windshields for Jesus?

Sharing the love of Jesus by meeting the needs of neighbors. Jesus said to love God with all that we are and to love our neighbors as ourselves. Because our neighbors either don’t trust churches or fail to see the relevance of churches, we have to find ways to meet them in order to share Jesus’ love by meeting one or more of their felt needs. For years, Car Care enabled us to do just that as we freely changed oil and cleaned cars in Jesus’ name.

On Saturday March 16th from 11 to noon, we will have the opportunity to meet a small need, but one that will make a “clear” impression. We will take our spritzer bottles of Windex and rolls of paper towels to the Kroger gas pumps on the corner of Bell Road and Mt. View Road where we will clean windshields in Jesus’ name.

When we did this a few years back, it was so well received. People tried to pay us. Others bought us bottles of water. So many wanted to know why we did such a thing, to which we said we did it in Jesus’ name. One person asked me why, and I said that our church wanted to do something nice for our neighbors. He replied, “No one in Antioch does anything nice for their neighbors.” Ah, but we did, to everyone’s surprise.

Join us on the 16th, and share Jesus’ love by cleaning neighbors’ windshields. It will be fun. A signup sheet will be on the table in the church foyer.

 

TO OUR WARRIORS IN THE SUNDAY SCHOOL

Someone once compared a pastor’s sermon to Joshua leading the children of Israel in the Battle of Jericho. He said the sermon went round and round in a circle – and then everything fell flat. How can we make sure that our Bible Studies are going somewhere worth going? One way is to use something called a proposition.

A proposition is a sentence that sums up the content and direction of the study. It should come straight out of the text you are teaching, and it should point the class toward a transformational truth. The Adult III Ladies class and the Adult I class use teaching materials that include “The Point,” which is essentially the Bible study in a single sentence. Everything we teach should grow out of that sentence and relate back to that sentence which of course grows out of the text. The more biblical and laser focused that sentence, the less likely we will wander around until everything falls flat.  Last Sunday, the point in the lesson was, “Truth is grounded in the reality of who Jesus Christ is.” The trouble I had with that proposition was that the text never made that claim. Rather, it said that false teachers deny that Jesus is the Messiah. So I amended the point to say, “We will not be misled by false teachers if we know the truth about Jesus.” Then we spent our time looking at what the Bible says about Jesus and how that compares with what various other religions say about Jesus.

It has been said, “If we aim at nothing, we are sure to hit it.” The proposition gives us a target to aim at so that our studies will get where they need to go.