It’s Time For Harvest ! Part 2
It’s May 2016 and I’m excited about the future. In my January newsletter article I wrote, “At this time of the new year we make all sorts of time related statements and ask time related questions.” One of the main questions for Community Covenant is, “I wonder what we are going to do to make a difference this year.”
As we push into the new year we are reminded of the call and command of Christ on our life and the opportunities to fulfill the mission of Christ. The call to tell the story of Jesus to the tri-county area that God has placed us in. To plant, cultivate, water, and harvest for Christ, is the direction we continue to go. It started in 1888 and we never want to lose that vision.
I then reflected on Harvest Time. I wrote,” Ever since I moved to the country I have loved harvest time. There is something special about the crops being brought in after all the work that the partnership of God and the farmers do, is done. Truthfully, I prefer watching the big machines as they combine the golden grains. I love the newer S series John Deere because it has a futuristic look that reminds me of Star Wars. I half expect to see Luke Skywalker stick his head out of the cab. The action of the harvest tells the story of a great purpose of the body of Christ, the church. There are key passages of scripture that encourage us to consider our life and purpose as it relates to harvest. Jesus speaks of his when he tells of the need for all of us to get involved in telling the good news of the Gospel. 35 Do you not say, ‘There are yet four months, then comes the harvest’? Look, I tell you, lift up your eyes, and see that the fields are white for harvest.” (John 4)
The desire to make a difference and the passion for evangelism is taking a newer form for our church and community. It’s newer in it’s structure, not in it’s intent. For since the days of the revival of 1898 and the conversion of Whiskey Pete and his compatriots, evangelism has been in the hearts of the Upsala Community.
On January 24 we had our first meeting at Word of Life Lutheran Church to investigate a community partnership in evangelism. Since that first meeting we have prayed, discussed, trained and formalized the direction of this evangelism partnership. The name “The Bridge” was given to the team of men and women who are a part of this harvest team. The name comes from the plan of God in Christ, in which the cross became the bridge from death to life.
Pastor Clayton Wilfer from Word of Life has given great leadership to us as we have moved forward in this intentional and strategic evangelism movement.
We now have completed the preparation phase of this movement and are heading out to meet, share the Gospel and pray with many of our neighbors in this area. We currently have 9 teams of 2 and 5 individuals who are committed to going out to meet people at their homes and in the community. If you would like to join in and be willing to share the good news of Jesus, please let me know.
As a team of believers sharing Christ we are trying to keep track of the number of conversations we are having with our friends, neighbors, co-workers and strangers. Every one is called to make disciples so if you have a conversation let me know. If God is talking to you about sharing to your neighbors about Christ don’t wait to join the “Bridge”, go and tell the story.
Paul explains it best in his letter to the Corinthians .
5 What, after all, is Apollos? And what is Paul? Only servants, through whom you came to believe—as the Lord has assigned to each his task. 6 I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God has been making it grow.7 So neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but only God, who makes things grow. 8 The one who plants and the one who waters have one purpose, and they will each be rewarded according to their own labor. 9 For we are co-workers in God’s service; you are God’s
field, God’s building.(1 Corinthians 3)
We praise God for what he is doing among us. I invite you to join us in this harvest adventure. Call if you have questions.