As we continue in our sermon series: Freedom: “Now What?” here’s how you can be praying this week:
READ: 2 Corinthians 5: 16-21 (NIV) “So from now on we regard no one from a worldly point of view. Though we once regarded Christ in this way, we do so no longer. Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation. We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God. God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.”
● Thank God for being a good, loving and faithful Father. Praise God that he has reconciled our sins through the final sacrifice of his only begotten son Jesus Christ. Ask God to help you regard everyone not through the world's point of view but through the eyes of the Heavenly Father.
● Reflect on relationships of significance in your life that are in need of forgiveness and/or reconciliation. Pray to God for guidance and obedience regarding the process of reconciliation. Ask God to change your heart and the hearts of others so that God's good and pleasing will can be done. Ask God to remind you that YOU are HIS ambassador of reconciliation in Jesus.
● As we celebrate Father’s Day, thank God for fathers. Pray that they teach love, leadership and compassion and point their children to Christ. Pray for men who have been father-figures and mentors to others and that they recognize their significance. Pray for fathers who may have lost children, who may feel they haven’t or don’t measure up, and for whom being a father has just been hard. Pray for children of all ages mourning the loss of their father. Pray for children of all ages without fathers, that they know they are loved and treasured by their Holy Father God. Ask God to pour blessings of love, refreshment and healing upon all these dear souls today!
● Pray for the PCUSA (our denomination) General Assembly that is convened this week. Pray for wisdom and discernment for all commissioners and pray God’s will be done.
● Thank God for BAC Vacation Bible School beginning this month! Thank God for the devoted families and children BEING the CHURCH with faith in action! Praise God for the faithful staff members and volunteer leaders dedicated to serving others in this ministry! In Jesus’ name, ask God to let the children's light, joy and laughter remind us of the pure goodness of God and the love that Christ has for us.
“Here we see the infinite love of God that he has been pleased to think of us poor creatures from everlasting and make it His work to reconcile us to Himself. And here is the foundation of the sweetness and comfort of all the mercies of God to those who are reconciled to Him: they are the fruits of the eternal love of God for us.” (Jeremiah Burroughs)
“The church is not a theological classroom. It is a conversion, confession, repentance, reconciliation, forgiveness and sanctification center, where flawed people place their faith in Christ, gather to know and love him better, and learn to love others as he designed.” (Paul David Tripp )
LISTEN: Forgiveness by Matthew West - https://youtu.be/h1Lu5udXEZI
PLEASE JOIN US FOR THE MONTHLY PRAYER NIGHT - TUESDAY, JUNE 19, 7:30 PM, PRAYER CHAPEL INSIDE THE SANCTUARY... HOPE TO SEE YOU THERE!