In Touch June 25, 2010
Posted on June 25, 2010 by under Touché,

“167 Was My Idea”

 I appeal to you therefore, brothers and sisters,  by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual  worship.  (Romans 12:1)

 This Sunday, June 27, at 10 AM under the tent at Hopewell all six of our worshipping communities will be introduced to our 167 Vision which states: We seek to be a 167 church, putting our faith into practice every hour of every day. Being a follower of Christ is not simply about an hour on Sunday, but a life lived every moment for the glory of God.

 Mike Reynolds will begin the message and he is going to tell you: “167 Living was my idea.”   Much like the Windows 7 commercial, you can picture Mike dreaming mid-sermon one Sunday:  “How do I put this into practice, not just one hour on Sunday, but every hour of every day?”  167 Living was born, but the goal of the vision is that every follower of Christ will end up saying: “167Living is my idea” because the way we live this is applied to every life by every individual follower of Christ.  We hope to have over four hundred people worshipping together on Sunday and the challenge is for everyone who is present to scratch their head and say: “How do I live this every moment of every day.”

 The truth is 167 Living is God’s idea (sorry Mike).  Paul makes the plea for every Christian to present their bodies as a living sacrifice, that is our spiritual worship.  Worship is not for an hour in the tent, or an hour in the sanctuary. It is a life lived fully surrendered to God’s purpose in everything we do.  Jesus says the law is summed up simply with the call to love God with everything that you have and are, and love your neighbor as yourself.  That sounds like 167 Living to me.

 We will explore this from up front on Sunday, as well as in small groups after fellowship time.  I ask you to invest from 10 AM to 12:15 PM Sunday to explore with others what 167 Living may be for your life.  We will have music groups from most of our services represented:  Glory Bound, the Odyssey Choir, the Chancel Choir and Elev8 will all participate.  Park at Croniser lot if you are able so we will have plenty of parking for those with special needs and those that are new to Hopewell and may not know where Croniser is.  It will be a great day.  I have been looking forward to this all my life.

 In Christ,