Park Church, Aldershot

Gods Love and Power Flowing Out

  • Church Lane East,
  • Aldershot,
  • Hants,
  • GU11 3ST

01252 327235
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Leadership Focus 

This devotional thought appears on the front page of the September 2018 edition of Park Life magazine.


  Community Outreach
COmmunity

'Lord Jesus, may I know You and make You known'

This is the simple prayer that Dave Andrews, an inspirational Australian author, speaker, social activist, community leader, prays each day as he seeks to see God’s Kingdom come in his community and build bridges from the church into it.

 Our church vision, as Peter reminded us last month, is to see Gods power and love flowing out and I’m adding, for this article, the implied addition .... into our community.

 But how? lt can only be through us - and as Dave’s prayer says, only through us if we know Jesus and make Him known.

 Church is designed to be for the welfare of the community, the worshipping community and the wider one. We ourselves of course are the church; therefore we are designed to do each other and our community good.

The church is the yeast in the dough of the community. So, as in the parable the leaven leavens the lump, we are to be entirely mixed into our community, indistinguishable from  it, yet remaining clear about who we are and whose we are, staying immersed within the community so that together we rise up.

 So how do we get so immersed? We can do it in two ways.  We can seek formal Ways to get involved, we can join groups, committees, volunteer and get involved in organisations so that we help and connect with people. And, we can find informal ways to help and connect by schmoozing, hanging out, sharing, building friendships and developing reciprocal relationships. In this way we find out what people need by connecting with them, loving them and being loved back. 

We can be brothers and sisters with Christ, working with Him to see His Kingdom come by doing small things with great love.

Jesus served his community - he did people good wherever and however he could He found out about them and their need and did what was in His power to do. By copying Him, by looking around us or actively seeking people to help and doing it with great love We become fellow workers with Christ building His Kingdom and His Church.

 Jo Emett    

 


 Past Focus Items

 July/Aug 20118 -Mission Impossible

 

 June 2018 - Barnabas

 

 May 2018 - Living Bricks

 

 April 2018 - Togetherness

 

 March 2018 - The Beauty is in the Present Moment and in the Seeing

 

 February 2018
 Love, What Are We Going To Do With It?

 

 January 2018 - Moving On

 

 December 2018 - Christmas Lights

 

 November 2017 - Autumn

 

 October 2017 - The Red Box

 

 September 2017 The Way Ahead - Part 2

 

 July/August 2017 - Summertime

 

 June 2017 - Steering the Boat

 

 April 2017 - Change Ahead

 

 March 2017 - One Way - Jesus

 

 January 2017 - Beyond the Fog

 

 December 2016 - Be Still and Know that I Am God

 

 November 2016 - Autumn

 

 October 2016 - Questions

 

 September 2016 - Olympic Values

 

 July/August - Follow the Leader?

 

 June 2016 - Passports and Priorities

 

 April 2016 - The Power of Love

 

 March 2016 - Giving Up For Lent

 

 February 2016 - What's At The Core?

 

 January 2016 - The New Year

 

 November 2015 - Back to the Future

 

 October 2015 - Autumn

 

 September 2015 - Standing in Their Shoes

 

 July/August 2015 - Summertime

 

 June 2015 - Free Gifts

 

 March 2015 - Another Brick in the Wall

 

 February 2015 - Distance Management

 

 January 2015 - Changing Perspectives