Yesterday, Allie and I visited her friend, Austin’s church. Austin has been to our church several times and his family came not very long ago. The church is out in Waynesville. It is actually the old Ferry Church of Christ. They have changed their name to Crossview Christian Church. They have three services, a big sanctuary, a coffee bar, a band, and many other nice things about the church.
I wasn’t sure what the church was when I first went in. I only knew one song that was performed and sang. That doesn’t bother me too much because I love to learn new songs. I was relieved to find out that they do have communion every Sunday. I was happy to be among other like-minded people. It was a good experience. Allie likes our church better. But it was she is use to. Change is not a big priority on her list at the moment.
The one surprise to me was that there were three services and the one we were in wasn’t even half full. I don’t know about the other services. Was it worth having that 3rd service? I don’t know. But I am happy to report they seem to be thriving just fine. Crossview Christian did announce that their VBS was going to be a big turn out (over 200 hundred kids had pre-registered). What a wonderful outreach for them. God’s love is growing in Waynesville, I am happy to report.
I feel a little like Paul, telling you about a church in our brotherhood. But that sometimes is a good thing. I am glad they are thriving and doing well. I hope you feel the same way.
Philippians 4:8 -13 says Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you. I rejoice greatly in the Lord that at last you have renewed your concern for me. Indeed, you have been concerned, but you had no opportunity to show it. I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do everything through him who gives me strength.”
Remember these words as you remember those all over that are preaching and teaching the gospel of Jesus Christ. Prayer strengthens them and us as we go along this journey. We are not in competition with other churches, but striving with a goal that should be in unison with God’s plan. Reaching the lost, telling the Good News, and loving each other. That is a big part of it.