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Cory Illingworth – Thanksgiving 2015
This past Sunday we had Victor Rao guest speaking at our church service.
Victor is our field partner for the ministries we are part of in India – specifically Vijayawada and Kolkata.
As our field partner, Victor is responsible for overseeing the ministries that Celebration has been committed to. Victor is the feet on the ground for the work that we are consistently raising money for through our India Dollar Mission Sunday.
It was great to hear an update this past Sunday of how God has moved and grown the ministries in India. The orphanages, the children’s ministry, the prison ministry, the parent ministry – God is moving and growing up leaders in India.
As we do every Sunday, the message is recorded and is available on the Website or on iTunes. I encourage you to listen to it and hear the update of what God is doing through Victor, his team and through Celebration’s ministry there.
A special thank you to the ministry team who assisted Victor in his presentation this past Sunday. Thank you for your flexibility and willingness to serve.
Victor Rao – Impact India
God designed us to connect. From the very beginning (Genesis 2) God says, “It is not good for man to be alone”. We need connection. We need community. We need meaningful relationships.
So much of our lives, our world is about separating us; isolating us. Even though our lives are so busy and often surrounded by people, we feel alone. We thrive on being able to do life on our own, not needing anyone. But this is such a dangerous thing.
It is through connecting that we grow, that we develop, that we do what we are called to do. The greatest commandments are love God and love others. Truly to connect with God and to connect with people. These 2 flow together. As we connect with God and as we follow the great commission to make disciples, we MUST connect with people.
Connecting with people though isn’t always easy. There may be disagreements, annoyances, or even fights. But how do we choose to handle those situations.
John 13:35 – “Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples.”
Christ is not saying if you do this miracle or that miracle, people will know you are a disciple – no, he is saying if we love each other the world will know we are his disciples.
Connecting with a small group can make a big difference in your life and even in the world. When we meet as a small group we truly are being the church. It is not about going to church – to a building – but rather about being the church wherever 2 or 3 are gather in God’s name.
On Sunday, I had shown a video of Francis Chan explaining the power of small groups, the power of discipleship. For those that missed it, you can see it here: http://www.churchleaders.com/smallgroups/smallgroups-videos/158087-francis-chan-why-small-group-discipleship-is-important.html
Small groups also create a network of care and accountability. As you begin to connect on a deeper level with those you are connected with, you naturally begin to care about them and them for you. As you connect, you also begin to keep each other accountable, and challenge and encourage each other because we see the potential that each person has and we want them to be the person that God is calling them to be.
It isn’t only about the “small groups” we have at the church, it is about connecting with fellow believers and journeying together. Our church “small groups” simply provide an opportunity for that type of community. If you are interested in joining a small group, talk to me (Cam) and I would be happy to find a group that you can connect with, grow with, journey with.
We also have a brand new group that is beginning on October 14th called Starting Point. Starting Point is an 8 week commitment to a group that wants to have a conversation about faith. This is not a class where you are being taught, this is a dialogue as we discover some of the foundations of spirituality and faith. This small group will be about 10-12 people in size (only a couple spots left) and will run from October 14th-December 2 from 6:30pm-8pm every Wednesday. This is a great opportunity for new believers, non-believers or returning believers to have a safe and comfortable environment where they can ask any questions they have about faith and spirituality. If you are interested in joining starting point, contact Cam at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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