New Series: Lifelines
We welcome Pastor Joel Smith as our Transitional Pastor. He will begin officially on Sunday, May 1, 2022 with the series, Lifelines. Read on for a description of how Pastor Joel will help us begin this season of transition and change…
Throughout the Bible we see the people of God engaging in spiritual practices that help them develop intimacy with God that gives them the ability to clearly hear His voice and follow His guidance for the next leg of their journey. One example of this is found in Acts chapter 13:1-3 where we see the early church at a crossroads due to a ministry transition. What did they do when they were in transition? Acts 13 tells us that five people engaged in four spiritual practices to hear one voice, the Lord’s.
Among the prophets and teachers of the church at Antioch of Syria were Barnabas, Simeon (called “the black man”), Lucius (from Cyrene), Manaen (the childhood companion of King Herod Antipas), and Saul. 2 One day as these men were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, “Appoint Barnabas and Saul for the special work to which I have called them.” 3 So after more fasting and prayer, the men laid their hands on them and sent them on their way. Acts 13:1-3 (NLT)
They didn’t act until they had prayed, fasted, and worshipped in the context of community. The four lifelines these church leaders engaged in nurtured their intimacy with God and enhanced their ability to hear His voice in unity. We are asking that you do the same throughout this transitional journey so that you too develop an appetite for that same kind of intimacy with God along with your brothers and sisters in Christ. As you progress through the transitional time you will need to involve additional leaders and church members into these life giving, intimacy nurturing, spiritual practices so you experience and hear God together.
God gave us these lifelines from Heaven (prayer, fasting, worship & community) to help us navigate transitions in ministry well by following his leadership together.