Weekly Update | March 16, 2023
Weekly Newsletter 03/16/2023
Greetings, dear church!
Let us talk about evangelism and one interesting aspect of it: contagious Gospel zeal!
“…so that we may preach the gospel in lands beyond you, without boasting of work already done in another’s area of influence.” (2 Cor. 10:16)
This wonderful and encouraging passage should stir the heart of every Christian toward global mission work. The apostle Paul was a zealous and passionate promoter of what he believed in. Before his conversion, his zeal for the Law created a wave of persecution of the early church. When God turned him around on the road to Damascus, he instantaneously became passionate about spreading the gospel of Jesus Christ to the ends of the earth. But what is more exciting and encouraging is that his zeal spread like an infection to the people around him. It seems that many who interacted with Paul became zealous evangelists and missionaries.
We often get inspired for specific tasks by the zeal of others. We find the same to be true in spiritual disciplines. In 2 Corinthians 8:1-8, Paul provokes believers in Corinth to be sacrificial in their giving by the eagerness of the Macedonian believers. He invites those same believers to imitate him as he imitates Christ (1 Cor. 11:1).
The “we” in our passage, communicates that this vision for global mission work was so contagious that there were others who had become partakers in it. So it must be with us! Take time to pray for the preaching of the Gospel to all the people groups of the world. But also evaluate your own heart, and answer this simple question: Am I zealous for the Gospel to be preached to the ends of the world to such a degree that people around me are catching the same vision and passion?
Continue supporting the churches working among the people who have suffered from the war in Ukraine.
* This coming Sunday, during our evening family service there will be a child dedication prayer. If you would like to have your child be prayed over, please let our church secretary know at (916) 481-1001.
The Scripture memory text – Proverbs 16:32
Below are the services and meetings for this weekend:
- Thursday (6:30 PM) – Kid’s Bible School (open to all but required for parents), followed by Bible Study (Proverbs) for the whole church at 7:30 PM.
- Sunday services:
- Worship Service in Russian at 9:00 AM
- Worship Service in English at 11:15 AM
- Family Evening Service at 6:00 PM
On behalf of the elders of GFC