Grace Weekly | June 19, 2014
Scripture for the day: “In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.” Genesis 1:1
Grace Received: Last Sunday we saw from Genesis 1-2 that God brings order out of chaos (Gen 1) and provides what is lacking (Gen 2). In his great grace, God continues to work with the chaos (Gen. 1:2) that is often us and to fill the lack that sin has created.When it was time to respond to the Word, many invited God to continue His re-creative work by bringing order to their chaos, or filling what was lacking in their life. It was beautiful. I am looking forward to being together this coming Sunday and the new experiences we will have of God’s great grace. Bring someone with you!
Grace Shared: We have district assembly next week (annual gathering of Nazarenes on the our District). We will worship together, hear reports (a time for accountability and celebration), and a historic vote will take place. Next Thursday morning the assembly will vote on a proposed merger with the Mississippi District. (Their district voted in April an overwhelming 96% in favor of merging with the TN District). The new district will be called the Midsouth District . The reasons for the merger are many but ultimately it is for missional effectiveness and maximized resources. We believe we can accomplish more together than alone. It reminds me that the relational nature of our faith calls us to share the grace of God not only on a local level, but as part of the larger Church of the Nazarene family and the wider Body of Christ. Disciples are made and the mission accomplished when we work TOGETHER.
Grace Extended: Since the fiscal year ended May 31 we’ve been doing a lot of reports. One statistic I’m VERY proud of is $100,540. This is what we gave for others (not including what we did for local benevolence). Because you give, missionaries are in the field in 159 world areas; churches, hospitals and orphanages are built around the world; teams have the resources to respond to natural disasters in the US and globally; Trevecca Nazarene University, Nazarene Theological Seminary and Nazarene Bible College can continue to train leaders for the future; retired pastors receive a pension; and our district and international church can function effectively. Thank you for extending grace not just in Clarksville, but literally around the world. You guys are awesome!