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Uncommonwealth: Uncommon Love - Tuesday


Posted on Tue, Jan 10, 2017

All the believers devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching, and to fellowship, and to sharing in meals (including the Lord’s Supper), and to prayer. A deep sense of awe came over them all, and the apostles performed many miraculous signs and wonders.
 
 
One mark of a healthy church is its devotion to God. We see this in the life of the Early Church. We also see and experience that in our Church. Recently, I was reflecting on some significant moments in the life of our Church around prayer, worship, and God’s word. I wanted to share a few of those with you today:
 
  • Prayer: In June 2013, we began an experiment at 608 with an idea called a Prayer Text. We have had over 4,100 prayer texts so far this year. And, over 14,000 texts since we began. 
  • Worship: This summer we had a vision to create a space for a unified gathering of our 4 campuses -- to proclaim His worth in a public space and see people come to be baptized. It was an incredible night. We all witnessed this happening as God made a way through some unpredictable weather. We saw 25 people come to be baptized. Unplanned, unexpected, and only possible because of God’s hand.
  • God’s Word: Daily Devos have been running for about 5 years.  There are approximately 3,000 people a day reading them. 
 
One way the early Church could love in “uncommon ways” was because they had an “uncommon” devotion to the Lord. As a community, they were consistent in meeting together to hear the teaching of the Word, they took part in corporate worship, they worshiped through communion, joined in prayer together, and expressed gratitude. 
 
We are a part of something special here at Southland. We have so many opportunities to grow in our devotion to God. Let’s commit to growing like this in 2017. As we do so individually, it will radically impact us corporately!
 
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Michelle Frank
Staff Development