In my last post I shared a dream of mine. A dream of reaching a lot of people with the love of Christ. A dream that can only happen if God does what only God can do.
Most of the time when God moves, he does it through ordinary people. The Bible is full of stories of people God did big things through. Surprisingly, other than Noah in the Old Testament who God said was a righteous man (Genesis 6:9), we have no reason to believe God chose to use the people he used other than his undeserved grace.
People like Abraham, Moses, and Joseph. In the New Testament we look at Jesus’ disciples, and if you were around that day, you would ask yourself why? Why did Jesus choose them?
One of his disciples, Matthew, was even a tax collector. Which in that time meant that he stole from his own Jewish people to give money to the government so that they could oppress and rule over his family and those he grew up with. Why would God use him? It certainly was not because he deserved it.
Because God is gracious toward us, he allows us to be a part of his mission of saving people. Not because we deserve it, and even though we usually get in the way, but because of his grace.
In Wake County, the area in which we live, 88% of people do not attend an evangelical church on a given Sunday. In fact, the Barna Group recently ranked Raleigh as the 69th most post Christian city in America. What this means is that Raleigh is increasingly moving away from the Gospel.
This isn’t some other country or a traditionally non-Christian part of the county we’re talking about. For those who like me live in this area, it’s here, right in our own backyard, and in our own neighborhoods.
But this isn’t about statistics, it’s about people. People for whom God cares for and loves. People like your family, neighbors, and coworkers. People who don’t know what they are missing, many of these people willing to admit that there has to be more to life, but they just aren’t sure what.
So we are going to gather together to pray. To pray for our area and for us to reach more people with the Gospel. Pray that would God use us and allow us to be a part of what he is doing.
Tuesday, January 5th, at 7 PM we are going to do just that. If you’re on Facebook, you can find the address by clicking here and let us know if you are interested in being a part. We hope you’ll consider joining us that night as we pray together.