Thursday, 07 May 2020 18:03
Prayer Call!Written by Jeron Parkins
Dear Living Water Family and Friends,
On this National Day of Prayer, may we seek the Lord and call on him to heal our land!
If you are interested in participating in prayer this evening for our country, there is a national broadcast / live program. Visit this website for more information: https://www.nationaldayofprayer.org/
Well Done Church!
One of the positives that has come out of this Virus Crisis that I’ve seen is that a lot of Christians are being more vocal about their faith and more active in sharing Scriptures with others. I’ve noticed that my social media stream has been dominated by Christians sharing Bible verses and seeking to encourage others with God’s Word. As a pastor this really, really makes me smile! Why? When the whole church is involved in ministry and making disciples, there you have a healthy church! Now some of you might not have realized that you were involved in making disciples when you shared a Bible verse. And some of you might say that sharing a Bible verse on Facebook or Instagram doesn’t go very far in helping people grow. But God’s Word in impactful and life changing! I was saved by reading John 3:16. And because someone was faithful to put John 3:16 on a cardboard sign that I read, I heard Jesus’s call and was changed, and I’ve been able to influence others for the gospel for about 25 years now.
This gets to an important understanding of how the church is supposed to work. Lot’s of churches depend on the pastor to do everything and to disciple everyone. I’m thankful that isn’t Living Water Bible Fellowship! It’s a strategy that is unbiblical and doomed to fail. God has designed his church for everyone to play a role in the transformation of people. We are all called to make disciples for Jesus. A church that depends on one man to disciple hundreds or even dozens of people will be an unhealthy church because discipleship happens best through personal relationships and the pastor simply can’t know everyone or spend time with everyone and still fulfill his preaching and oversight functions. The biblical model of coming to maturity in Christ is through relational training. Biblically, training is the impartation of one’s life and values and character. Paul trained Timothy and Titus and they were expected to train others (2nd Timothy 2:2). Classes and seminars can help in the transfer of doctrinal truth, but God’s word is learned best through the example of watching other believers live it. What’s supposed to happen is that I spend time with a few people, instructing them, training them, teaching them and then they do the same in others lives. We all need a Paul in our life and we all need a Timothy and a Titus – in other words we need someone mentoring us and we need to be mentoring others.
When I came to Christ my development was slowed because I didn’t have a spiritual “parent” who was there for me to ask questions of or to counsel me or to correct me. I didn’t have a person or people to speak into my life. Frankly, all things being equal, I think I could have been a much better disciple-maker if there had been people around me to train me on how to live as a Christian instead of having to figure it out for myself.
This is where you come in. This is why your sharing of Scriptures is such a healthy sign. If we can share God’s word with each other, we are involved in each other’s growth – this is what we were called to do! Hearing the Word of God can be done in a sermon or it can come through a friend or through a Bible study or a Community Group. However it happens, we are to bring God’s word to bear upon people’s lives so that they will grow in their relationship with Christ. If you’ve started with sharing verses on Facebook, I encourage you to take the next step and share your life with others. Pour into others the biblical wisdom and knowledge you’ve gained, as God has poured it into you. Be a spiritual parent or a mentor of an individual or of many – show them how you live and how you apply the Word. You are called to ministry to others and serving others just as much as a pastor or missionary is - your ministry just takes place in a different setting or venue or arena.
“Simply by virtue of being a disciple of Jesus and filled with the Holy Spirit of the new covenant, all Christians have the privilege, joy and responsibility of being involved in the work God is doing in our world, the “work of the Lord.” And the fundamental way we do this is by speaking the truth of God to other people in dependence on the Holy Spirit” (Colin Marshall and Tony Payne, The Trellis and The Vine). Ask the Lord to use you more and more in the lives of others.
9:00 and 10:45 a.m.
WHEN CAN WE MEET AGAIN?
Hopefully we will be able to meet again soon! Our Alamosa County Commissioners are seeking a variance from the state to give our rural county some more leeway regarding the Safer-At-Home public health order. This should affect churches as well as businesses – regardless, we are still planning on having a phased in approach in terms of numbers of people that can be present. We’ll see if the variance is accepted because there has been an “outbreak” at the mushroom farm of several Covid-19 cases. When we do move beyond the “less than 10” requirement we will likely do some worship nights and / or prayer nights. Depending on how large the crowd can be, we will seek to reinstate Sunday morning worship as well. Please be praying!
NEW BUILDING PROGRESS
The playground has been taken down. It will be reinstalled to the south of the Sprung Building after dirt has been moved in and compacted. Pastor Greg is working on preparing the Reign Building for demolition, filling out forms to get all the utilities shut off. The Reign Building should be gone by May 15. Site prep work will proceed and construction will begin soon after. The city is requiring us to pave the entire parking area. We had hoped to just pave part of the parking areas initially, but we have it in our budget to do the whole thing. This might be a blessing in the long run however, as bids have been coming in below budget and what we could save will pay for the additional paving. Low oil prices are also helping paving bids! Also wanted to report to you that financial giving has been strong. Our 3 year fundraising goal for the Bringing Life Project is to raise 1.8 million dollars (total project cost on the high end is 3.8 million). Year one goal was to raise 60% of the 1.8 million (60% of 1.8 million is $1,080,000). 7 months into Year One we are at $1,004,992, so we’re right on target for reaching our year one goal! Thanks for the fantastic giving! Our goal for year two of the Bringing Life Project is 25% or $450,000. Year three goal is 15% or $270,000. Of course we are praying for God to provide all of the money so that we wouldn’t have to take out any loan – he can do it! Feel free to get the word out about what God is doing at LWBF and invite people to contribute to the construction of the New Christian Education and Community Building. We have packets of informational material in our lobby.
VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL
VBS has been rescheduled to the week of July 27-31
EAGLE LAKE CAMP
Eagle Lake Camp is happening at Living Water July 6-10! The First 100 kids registered get 50% off. It’s $100 (instead of $200)!
Online Registration: www.eaglelakecamps.com/livingwater
TECH TEAM FORMING
FOOD BANK SUPPORT
The Deacons have decided to discontinue the food bank that has been available at church. Instead, we want to encourage members to support and donate to the Alamosa Food Bank which is operated by La Puente. Their office is located at 513 6th Street in Alamosa, across the street from the Alamosa Visitor Center. Call them at 589-4567 for more info.
TITHES AND OFFERINGS
Thanks everyone for continuing to give faithfully to our general budget so that we can continue to do ministry and be on mission. If you are out of rhythm with not being able to bring your gifts to a worship service, you can easily give electronically through our website (www.livingwateralamosa.org) or by texting GIVE to 719-298-3401. Don’t forget to save the number in your phone as LWBF GIVING. You can always text EDIT to update your information, set up a recurring gift, and check the status of a gift. You can also drive by the church and drop your check in the church mailbox, or send your donation to Living Water Bible Fellowship 2910 Clark Street Alamosa, CO 81101.
“Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain” (1 Corinthians 15:58).
Thanks for reading!