Wow! Well done! Outstanding! I couldn’t be more impressed! We did it y’all!
It took everyone working together as a team: dozens of small group facilitators, the choir, the worship team, AV folks, decorators, artists, office staff, carpenters, potluckers, deacons, elders, organists, youth, children, high school seniors and super seniors, prayer warriors and even a pastor or two!
Together, we finished 40 days of prayer and faith sharing using Martha Grace Reese’s book, “Unbinding Your Heart!”
We distributed over 320 Unbinding Your Heart books and our Unbinding Small Groups posted attendance numbers of over 250 people from ages 18 months to 80+ years.
That’s remarkable considering our average worship attendance on a Sunday is 250. This means we are one of the MOST committed churches to ever attempt this study. Very few other churches have been able to match our level of commitment and involvement. That’s because this study is so demanding. AMAZING WORK!
So, I’ve been saying it for 40 days now…
I can’t wait to hear what happens next!
That’s how I concluded all 40 of my daily devotional videos (available on Covenant’s YouTube page). But I really mean it. I can’t wait to see what God does next in our midst!
Are you ready to take things to the next level?
Are you ready to follow where Jesus leads us next?
I feel like a kid on Christmas morning. I just know that we are going to see God do powerful things in Huntsville in the next 12 months.
So let’s keep it up! Take some time today and review the “Evangelism Pyramid” from page 78 in your Unbinding Your Heart books (reproduced below). Take a pen and mark the highest level where you are already sharing your faith.
For some it may be talking about the difference Jesus makes in your life with youth and children. That’s the most approachable layer to begin practicing sharing your faith (layers 1 – 2). For others, you may be comfortable talking about your faith or inviting someone who is already close to church (layers 3 – 5). For others, you may be comfortable having conversations about faith with people who are not involved in church right now (layers 6 – 9). Each level becomes a little more challenging as you move up the pyramid.
After marking the highest level you are comfortable with today, I want you to do two things for homework every day for the next 4 weeks:
- Do your current level one step better. Ask the Holy Spirit to help you at the start of each day!
- Pray that God would give you the courage and the opportunity to move to the next level. Again, ask the Holy Spirit!
What might that look like? If you’re not talking to someone at a level, start a conversation! If you’re not inviting someone to Covenant at that level, invite someone! If you haven’t shared the difference that Jesus makes in your life with someone at that level, share with someone!
If you need encouragement or direction, keep praying your favorite prayers from your Unbinding prayer journals – or watch one of my seven Unbinding sermons, all available on Covenant’s YouTube page and our website.
Don’t forget our theme verse for this study:
Jesus says: “whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you unbind on earth shall be unbound in heaven.” (Matthew 18:18)
And the clarifying verse in John’s Gospel: “You may ask me for anything in my name and I will do it!” (John 14:14)
Jesus has his fingers on
-the knots in our hearts,
-the knots in our church,
-the knots in our neighbor’s hearts.
If we ask him, he will unite these knots so that his transforming grace can flow freely.
So, let’s ask him every day!
I can’t wait to see what happens next!