This week we discussed common barriers that we face as Christians in our personal walk as well as in the church as a whole. We also reviewed Times of Transition and how to reach out to those in transition.
Solomon, King David’s son, was a man filled with wisdom. He spoke about seasons of life in Ecclesiastes 3, which is also our verses to keep in mind this week.
There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens:
a time to be born and a time to die,
a time to plant and a time to uproot,
a time to kill and a time to heal,
a time to tear down and a time to build,
a time to weep and a time to laugh,
a time to mourn and a time to dance,
a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,
a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing,
a time to search and a time to give up,
a time to keep and time to throw away,
a time to tear and a time to mend,
a time to be silent and time to speak,
a time to love and a time to hate,
a time for war and a time for peace.
There are three types of barriers in reaching others that we will face. They are
- ____SPIRITUAL_____ BARRIERS
– simply people who don’t want to acknowledge or hear about spiritual manners
- __CULTURAL______ /___CLASS______ / ___LANGUAGE___ BARRIERS
-let’s take note of our Milwood community. How has it changed and how is it changing now? Pray about and ponder ways we can break through these barriers
- ____STAINED_______ – ____GLASS________ BARRIERS
-getting those who stand outside the church to come inside to hear the gospel being taught
-the physical traits of the church: location, parking, accessibilities, layout of the church, facility
TIMES OF TRANSITION: How can we provide “__MAINTENANCE_____ __MINISTRY____”
Maintenance Ministry proves different ways to engage with those who may be dealing with a period of transition.
Here’s some examples of times of transition:
- Death of a Spouse
- Growing Up and Departing Children
- Different Job or Changing Job Responsibilities
- Change in Resident/Schools
- Violating the Law/Jail/Prison
If we as the church body can focus a specific outreach towards people or families who are affected by these times of transitions, it can work well to grow not only our Telos group, but our church as a whole. You may be able to reach a person who has left the church for a time and be the one to encourage them to return.
Homework: This week pray and ask God to give you a person’s name you know who is in a period of transition. Encourage them to come to church. Ask how you can help to get them there. Do a random act of kindness, be there for them, or ask how you can be.
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Have a blessed week!