I don’t know if ever a pastor has received such a warm welcome of love to a church community. My family and I are truly blessed to be part of the FAC Family. And your welcome as a church didn’t happen in just a weekend or just a week, but for the last six months the FAC Family has shown the Smith family, ‘one blessing after another.’
Many of you have shared your own personal experience of how difficult it is move and how God’s provision provided exactly what your family needed at exactly the right time for the sake of His Glory being known and a deeper experience of His love could be experienced. For your expressions of love to me and my family, I am truly thankful.
And as I look to the scriptures I see the act of welcoming another person as not just a good idea for the sake of building stronger relationships with one another, but welcoming and accepting another person into a faith community shows the on-looking world the love of Christ and brings glory to the Father. Romans 15:7 states, “Accept one another, then, just as Christ accepted you, in order to bring praise to God.”Christ has accepted us because of His grace; we accept and welcome one another as an overflow of this grace and this brings glory to God!
So, how could we extend the welcoming and accepting grace of Christ to others so God gets greater glory? Consider the following three suggestions:
Look for the person who needs to be welcomed on Sunday. Each Sunday as we gather there will be several people who come along your path who may need to hear a kind word, need help to find a place to park, or need their kids to be cared for. Such acts of kindness could be the practical welcome that will make the difference in that person’s life.
Invite someone to coffee or lunch. An invite to coffee or lunch creates room in our lives for God to use us in the life of another and for Him to encourage us through the life of another. Never underestimate the power of an invite!
Invite someone into your small group experience. If the timing is right, take the risk and invite someone you know who is on the fringes to your small group experience. It could be a new life-giving relationship for your group and a life-changing welcome for them.
I love being your pastor.
Grace and peace,
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First Alliance Church • 2201 Old Higbee Mill Rd • Lexington, KY
First Alliance Church
2201 Old Higbee Mill Road
Lexington, Kentucky, 40514