Peter and John had just been arrested. They had gone before the rulers, elders, and scribes of the Sanhedrin and preached the Gospel even in the face of imprisonment. The Sanhedrin ordered them to stop speaking and teaching in the name of Jesus. These two men of God responded, “Whether it is right in the sight of God to listen to you rather than to God, you must judge, for we cannot but speak of what we have seen and heard” (Acts 4:19-20 ESV). When they were released, they immediately went to their fellow believers and told the story of what happened. And then they prayed together. Do you know what they prayed for? MORE BOLDNESS!!! Can you imagine?!?!
I am so excited that this attitude is the theme of our GLOBAL IMPACT CELEBRATION this year! As we gather together to report to one another and praise God together for all of the things He has done all over the world through St. Andrew, we are going to continue to pray that the Lord would make us bolder, that He would further equip us to continue to spread His Gospel message across the street, and around the world. While we have seen some amazing things in this last year alone, we know that the Lord has more for us, and we know we will need Boldness from Above to accomplish His work.
We will be sending out a lot of information over the next few weeks about each of these specific events going on, but let me first just ask you to clear your calendar for October 25-29. We will be having something going on every day, with a new opportunity to hear about God’s work.
This is a big week in the life of our church, and I can’t wait for it to get here! I know you and your family will want to be a part of this celebration! is will also be a great opportunity for you to bring friends from your neighborhood, work, and school, so they can see how great our God is, and what He is doing in His name all over the world. For His Glory, Thomas
•Wednesday, Oct. 25, 6pm This is is a new event we are calling our Neighbor’s Night! On this night, we will be celebrating what God has done in our own community. We will also be looking forward to what we are asking Him to do in the future.
•Thursday & Friday, Oct. 26-27, 6pm We will be meeting around the city in different homes with the different missionaries coming into town. This is the best opportunity for you to hear in depth and in detail what is happening in specific locations around the world. If you are considering going somewhere in 2018, this is a great opportunity to get to know the missionary you may be going to serve. Be on the lookout for signups for this event!
•Saturday Morning, Oct. 28, 9am This will be our Mission Partners Panel Discussion. All of our partners will be talking together about what God is doing, how the work is different from place to place, and how God’s work ultimately transcends location.
•Sunday Morning, Oct. 29, 9am This morning we will forego our usual LCG classes, and all meet together in the Worship Center to hear from our global mission partners. They will be sharing reports of how God has been working on the field, as well as sharing what they are asking of God in the future!
•Sunday Morning, Oct. 29, 10:30am Our worship service will be a celebration of the Lord’s work around the world. We will sing of God’s faithfulness to the nations, and Bro. Mike Crawford will be preaching on our theme, “We Cannot But Speak.”