As we prepare to move from Portland and a church we love to pursue ministry and new community in the Tri-Cities, I have been reflecting on out time at Door of Hope and the commitment to preach the gospel to a city. Tonight was a reminder of the glory of that commitment and gospel.
We have just begun a month-long series on the gospel covering the reality of God, man’s rebellion in sin, the arrival of Christ and his sacrifice for us and the restoration of we have in Christ. Tonight while working through the reality of a God that created us and who we are accountable to, Josh (our pastor) gave a clear presentation of the true gospel. This is the provision of Christ as our sacrifice and new life.
At the end of the service as I praying with people, I met Nick. It was his first time in a church, and more importantly, his first time hearing the gospel. In that moment Nick recognized the worked of Christ and accepted that love. He is now a believer and is in the process of figuring out what is next. Both Josh and I encouraged Nick to read the book of John (Josh even gave Nick his bible) and continue to get plugged in to community. I introduced Nick to our discipleship leader who will pair him with another guy to meet with weekly to discuss the basic of the faith and I think he will be baptized at the end of the month.
Nick is no longer the guy he was yesterday. He has new life and a new perspective in Christ. This is beautiful and it reflects the power of the gospel. It is significant that we preach the gospel. It is the good news that defines us and is our only purpose. I am so thankful that I have the honor of meeting and praying with people like Nick. This is what it is all about. Restoration to the Father.