One of my favorite stories in the Bible is found in Acts 9. It is the story of Saul’s conversion experience on the road to Damascus. The story begins with Saul “breathing our murderous threats against the Lord’s disciples,” and ends with Saul being identified by God as a “chosen instrument to proclaim [God’s] name to the Gentiles.” It is a story that resonates with many of us because we see the incredible power of God’s grace through a life-changing experience with the risen Lord!
Saul’s story reminds us that God can take the worst of us and transform us into something amazing. Shortly after his encounter with Jesus, Saul teamed up with the disciples (whom he had been trying to kill earlier) and helps turn the world upside down. His name is later changed to Paul, and he ignited the spread of the early church and wrote 13 of the 27 books in the New Testament.
I believe God continues to transform our lives in the same way when we encounter the risen Lord! There are people in our community that God wants to hear about Jesus, and God invites us to partner in this mission. We GET the opportunity to share about Jesus with others — how AMAZING is that? As we continue this Easter season, I want to invite you to join me in praying that God will knock us down and reveal to us powerful calling to proclaim the gospel. Let’s pray that we can experience resurrection through our testimony and our witness to others, and that our church will be known as THAT church that loves Jesus and loves others. Have a great weekend and I look forward to being back with you in worship on Sunday at 8:45 and 11:00!
Together with you,
P.S.We are thrilled to welcome to our 11:00 service this Sunday the Hart County High School Chamber Chorus, under the direction of Josh Bryan. The Chamber Chorus is an auditioned women’s choir made up of 16 voices. They travel and perform in the community frequently throughout the year, and recently had a performance in Central Park in New York City. They perform a range of music, from small chamber ensembles to vocal jazz. I hope you will join us on Sunday for this wonderful gift of worship through music. There will be no sermon or Communion at the 11:00 service this Sunday.