I just ended a very interesting phone call with a stranger named Elizabeth. She has lived in Denver for 13 years, presently residing in our church neighborhood. Tearfully, she told me that her father passed away six weeks ago, leaving a huge void in her life. She said that she was raised conservative Baptist, but in recent years has re-dedicated her life to the Lord.
The purpose of her call was to get information on our church, because she is looking for a church home. She asked me to give her a brief background statement, which I did as succinctly as I know how, including the new birth message of Acts 2:38, and the infilling if the Holy Ghost as evidenced by speaking in other tongues. I told her that following, adhering to, and teaching the same doctrines that founded the Early Church, is where we get “Apostolic” in our church name. She was very receptive and seemed to show great interest.
As we were concluding our conversation, she confirmed our service schedule, indicating strongly that she’d be our guest Sunday, then she dropped the lines that are still ringing in my ears: She said, “I was out for a walk this morning and passed your church, taking notice of the care you give for your exterior. Oh, I know it’s not all about what’s on the outside, but it is obvious that your church cares.” Her closing words were, “The way you keep everything so nice and neat is a testament to all who pass by, that someone really cares.”
Folks, is that not a perfect statement of holiness!? It’s meaning is exponentially powerful in its pronouncement, coming from a complete stranger.
It’s true. We show that we care by our “curb appeal,” both personally and corporately. Remember my statement that the lost “don’t care how much we know until they know how much we care?” We have the only saving gospel, we baptize in the only Name “whereby we must be saved,” yet, if we stick our nose in the air and avoid the hurting, hungry, wounded neighbor, we hold the truth in unrighteousness.
How many people have recently passed your way, only to lose you upon a sea of sad, lonely faces? Do something about it. Spiff up your outward radiance of Holy Spirit boldness, shine your Light, let love flow!
“But in your hearts set Christ apart as holy and acknowledge Him as Lord. Always be ready to give a logical defense to anyone who asks you to account for the hope that is in you, but do it courteously and respectfully.” 1 Peter 3:15 (AMP)
Another spiritually dynamic weekend is upon us. Even if you haven’t during the week, make it a point to befriend someone new, inviting them into your life, your circle of concern, your fellowship. It’s not too late to get the word out about a church that is the friendliest and most welcoming in metro Denver, who’s doors open to the public Sunday at 10 & 6:30.
If it helps, feel free to say, “We keep a pretty nice yard, too!” 🙂
A great big thanks to Sis. Rebekah Rathgeber and her team for their devotion to our flowerbeds and to the Men’s Ministry (led by Bros. Dominick and Russ) for the regular attention to lawn care.
We’re a blessed church to have such teamwork and unity as to keep a balance between internal and external beauty. Let’s keep it that way, on every level, and in every Ministry!
With shepherd love,
Pastor Don Haymon II
Tonight at 7:30 PM: YouthONE Fellowship
Saturday at 8:00 AM: Men’s Coffee and Bible Study, followed by a few hours of painting and miscellaneous remodel finishing.
Sunday, 10:00 AM & 6:30 PM: Worship and Evangelism