I want to invite you to join us this Sunday as we continue in our series titled, Seven Letters to Seven Churches. This week, we will be diving into the church at Laodicea. Larry Annes will be preaching and I'm excited to hear how God speaks through him.
Prior to Larry's message, I will briefly address all that is happening in our country, but more specifically, what is happening right here in our own backyard. Just in case you are not able to join us on Sunday, below is what I will be sharing on Sunday...
What we are seeing in downtown Portland and in other cities across our nation cannot be ignored and we must continually ask ourselves, "What is my role in all of this? How should I be responding to those who believe and/or act differently than me?"
Rick Warren, in his book titled, The Purpose Driven Life, wrote these words...
"I'm looking for a second reformation. The first reformation of the church 500 years ago was about beliefs. This one is going to be about deeds. It is not going to be about what the church believes, but about what the church is doing."
One of our goals here at Parkside is to continually cultivate a faithful presence in our community. I believe one of the foundational truths to having a faithful presence, both as individual Christians and as a church, is to live out our faith with humility.
The priest Henri Nouwen learned humility on a mission trip to South America. He went expecting to pass on his wisdom to the poor and unenlightened. During his six-month stay, Nouwen concluded that a desire to save, whether from sin or poverty, is one of the most damaging motives in ministry. "Humility is the real Christian virtue," Nouwen discovered. From that point on, he shifted his focus from dispensing religion to dispensing grace.
Humility is a good place to begin engaging people who are far from God, not seeing them as converts to be won; but rather, as people that Jesus died for and has called us to love.
As you spend time praying, ask God to give you a heart of humility, that he would help you to see the protestors, politicians, those who commit vandalism, not as your enemy or as someone who is ungodly, but as thirsty people. Then ask God to give you the courage and compassion to offer Jesus, who alone can quench their thirst.
Again, don't forget to join us this Sunday at 10:00am for our online service, followed by our "after-church" zoom gathering at 11:00am.
There are two ways for you to join us on zoom.
Thank you for being a church that prays!
"See" you Sunday.
Doug Boyd - Sr. Pastor