Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Sunday Recap

We had a special guest for Sunday. Enrique Ramirez, the pastor of La Red, spoke at Reveal. Enrique is a Hispanic church planter who was born in Mexico. He and his family moved to Rock Hill in January to plant a network of Hispanic churches in the area. Their first church began meeting at First Baptist in October on a monthly basis and will begin meeting weekly in January. His text for Sunday's message was Joshua 1:6-9.

Here are some of the highlights:
  • Joshua did not have an easy job. He was following a charismatic leader and he would be leading a stubborn people.
  • What made Joshua successful?
  • First, he stood on the promises of God. God's promise to the Hebrew nation did not change just because Moses had died.
  • When we don't stand on the promises of God, we are not satisfied with anything and we will blame others for conflicts and tough times.
  • Joshua was able to stand on the promises of God because he took God's word seriously.
  • Second, Joshua stood with the presence of God.
  • Third, he remained faithful to God's word. He did not turn to the right or the left.
  • Finally, he was successful because he started the process. He did not get discouraged. Instead he took action because he believed that God was with him.
  • Enrique closed by reminding us that the greatest promise we have is God's presence in our lives.
  • How does that promise change how we live our lives?
Enrique did a great job. Spanish is his first language so preaching in English was a somewhat new experience for him. We are already making plans to have him back at Reveal and possibly do a joint Reveal/ La Red worship gathering.

We had a good crowd Sunday even though a lot of our regular attenders were out of town. This Sunday we kick off our "Christmas 101: Lessons from the First Christmas" series. Steve will be back. Following Reveal this Sunday, we will have lunch in the Apex. Hope you'll join us.

-- Peace, Jamie

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