Loving on Sunday!

This past Sunday (8/26/18) we explored 1 John 4 and the radical idea of coming to church on Sunday to love one another!  Here’s a helpful prompt along those lines from Ed Welch:

And here is the prayer that I prayed over us during communion.  I hope it prompts your own prayers to be more loving!

A Prayer of Edward Pusey (1800-1882)

Good Jesus, Fountain of Love,
Fill us with thy love.
Absorb us into thy love;
Compass us with thy love,
That we may see all things in the light of thy love,
Receive all things as the token of thy love,
Speak of all things in words breathing of thy love,
Win through thy love others for thy love,
Be kindled day by day with a new glow of thy love,
Until we be fitted to enter into thine everlasting love,
To adore thy love and love to adore thee, our God and all.
Even so come, O Lord Jesus.

 

1 John 4.19,

Larry Trotter

You Matter

I got this from one of our NW far flung ones recently. It’s worth a thoughtful read. Your engagement with our sent ones is vital. Do you and your family engage and support one of our missionaries? You really should. If you’d like more information on how you can do that or with whom, contact Rob at Robc@northwake.com for more information.

Larry

Your Petitions are Desperately Needed

In Philippians 1 Paul is saying something notable, “Yes, and I will rejoice, for I know that through your requests and the help of the Spirit of Jesus Christ this will turn out for my deliverance.” I am still amazed that Paul the Apostle very clearly teaches that certain successes in his ministry are based on two variables.

  1. Your requests to the Father
  2. The help of the Spirit

Brothers and sisters please do not think that this newsletter is simply a casual nicety. Although I am thrilled to update my friends and family concerning my work I am not simply writing these newsletters as an friendly update. I am begging you along with Paul that you, “strive together with me in your requests to God on my behalf” so “that my service in this city may be acceptable.”

I do impossible work here. There is no natural way that I can raise the spiritually dead far less equip anyone else to do so (and in my second language). I am desperate for you to lift up the work here because I am desperate for the Son to come and work miracles in this city, mainly that of turning a heart of stone into a heart of flesh. Please do not underestimate the power of your requests to the Father on my behalf.

I thank you for your faithfulness and your support in lifting my work here before the Father. I cannot express how humbled and grateful I am for you, for my comrades in the fight for the lost.

Please ask the Father to give you and the others who strive alongside of me wisdom and persistence in lifting up the work here.

With sincere hope and love,
That the lamb might receive his just reward,
EP

 

l John Study Resources

As you study along with us in l John, here are some resources that you might find helpful:

If you want to buy a commentary, here are two that I have found helpful that aren’t too technical:

If you want a more technical commentary, this one by Karen Jobes has been helpful for me:

This online sermon series by John Piper is very insightful (and free!):

Acts 17.11

Gospel Sandcastles

Sundrenched mornings, filled with days at the pool, barefoot picnics with neighbors in the backyard, and refreshing time with family – this is what the best summers are made of. Have you considered how to redeem these priceless moments for the kingdom?

John Stott reminds us, “Every Christian should be both conservative and radical; conservative in preserving the faith and radical in applying it.” As you bring your daydreams of the perfect summer to life, consider how you can preserve what God’s Word commands us to live out in a radical way in your neighborhood, on the summertime road trip and at the local park this summer. Imagine what God can do as you lead your family to live radically for Jesus!

Set Realistic Expectations

Trevin Wax reminds us that “seeking first the kingdom comes after we have been sought by the King. The root cause of worry is not misplaced priorities. It’s misplaced faith. It’s a failure to grasp the gospel of a God worthy of our trust.” Consider how you can trust God to order your summer activities so that they bring Him Glory and lead your kids and neighbors closer in a relationship with our Savior. Welcome impromptu invites to summer suppers and rejoice at cul-de-sac meet ups. The dishes can wait – eternity is at stake. A simple pile of sidewalk chalk and a driveway can provide the perfect template for sharing the gospel story.

Be Christ Centered

Proverbs 22:6 tells us to “train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.” We have been entrusted to train up our kids in God’s Word. Consider how doing simple things such as driving to grandma’s house can be an opportunity to model Christ to your kids. Will there be unbelieving family there? Pray for them on the trip. Each time you see a new city name pass by on the highway, challenge your kids to pray for the kids in that city! Grasp summertime moments as an invitation to point to the Savior.

Have Fun!

Learning to love Jesus should be fun! There are countless ways to help the scriptures to come alive to your kids. Consider what your kids love. For our little one, he loves to sit next to me and watch me draw out the storyline of the Gospels. His eyes get wide as he watches my untrained hand draw two fish and five loaves of bread. He squeals with delight and says “again, mommy!” Find ways to help them love and treasure God’s word this summer in fun and unique ways. Sandcastles quickly beg for an epic tale – and what better epic tale could you share than truth adventures of our King Jesus?

18 short summers is all we get. Consider how you can use those 1674 summer filled days with your kids to win them and your neighbors to the Kingdom.