The Apostle Paul wrote to the church in Rome these words:
“For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes: first to the Jew, then to the Gentiles.”
These are deep and meaningful words. The Gospel is truly the power of God. Our theme for 2019 is HOPE: discover it, experience it, proclaim it. The reason we have hope is because of the Gospel. It is the message for all time for all people.
So, we are seeking to faithfully proclaim the Gospel here in Arlington. We are sharing the Good News of Jesus Christ with our neighbors. We know this is the message they all need. Through Mission Arlington, each day, we are sharing this message with hundreds of people in our community. We are building a new Preschool/Children’s Building that will house ministries rooted in the Gospel to influence generations of children to come.
We distributed almost 3000 DVD’s of the Jesus Film in multiple languages over the Christmas holidays to our neighbors here in Arlington. We continue to pray for God to speak to our neighbors through this powerful story.
We now have workers sent out by our church in Europe, Asia, and Africa. Each of these teams is busy sharing the message of Jesus with people who desperately need to know our Lord.
In fact, I am away from you for these two weeks. I am in Sierra Leone, West Africa – working alongside one our families we have sent from our church. I am so glad to have the privilege of joining Gabe and Sada in this important work. Our church believes in this Gospel. We believe in sharing this message of hope with a thirsty world.
I will also be in Rome – leading our annual Church History tour of Rome with about 30 of our church members. We will witness the power of the Gospel firsthand. We will trace the steps of Paul and Peter in Rome. We will trace the history of how the Gospel spread across the Roman Empire in such a short time.
I am grateful to God for the Gospel. I am grateful for the fact that it is sturdy enough to cross borders and it is good news everywhere! I am grateful to be a part of a church that believes in the Gospel so much.
The Gospel — it is still good news! It is still filled with hope!