If Jesus were walking in the flesh in your community today, where would you be? Where would you need to go in order to find Him? Where would He be ministering? Are you and those sitting next to you in the pew prepared to minister alongside Him?
As we pondered these questions at The Springs, we realized that as pastors we had a responsibility to help our people know the answers to those questions. After all, we are what we do. Our beliefs are evidenced in our walk. This is the foundation of Beyond the Walls Sunday.
Beyond the Walls Sunday is an opportunity to take church into the highways and byways of your community. It is about reaching out, serving others and building relationships with those outside the church walls. As our Lead Pastor Barry Briggs explains, “Being a church and ‘doing’ church is more than gathering for worship services. By serving our neighbors, we are worshiping and honoring the Lord.”
One of my favorite projects on Beyond the Walls Sunday is taking goodie trays to area restaurants and giving them to servers. I had heard a rumor that the servers hate working Sundays, because of the Christians who get out of church and show up for lunch. I was told that most are rude and don’t tip. When I heard this it broke my heart and motivated me to action. By bringing goodie trays, I hope that some will now see Christians and the church in a different way.
For two years now, our kids and students have gone to Metron in Cedar Springs. They play games, sing songs and visit with the residents. The testimonies of these kids and students are exciting to hear. We can see God softening their hearts to others through the experience. Some even made commitments to make return visits throughout the year.
It is difficult for me to effectively express the myriad of ways that God has used Beyond the Walls Sunday in those who are serving and being served. Each year I am surprised by the work of God through this event. In a nutshell, I can say that God has used this event to disciple our people and to soften hearts in our community to the church and the love of Christ through the relationships we are building within our community.
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