In any great revival there is first the unity of believers that ushers in a very special moving of the Holy Spirit. I remember years ago having dinner with Jim Cymbala, Pastor of Brooklyn Tabernacle Church and Jack Graham. Pastor Cymbala made a very powerful statement that the Spirit of God moved when the believers were all together in one place and were devoting themselves to prayer. Their unity ushered in the moving of the Holy Spirit. He, the Holy Spirit is freed to work when we, by faith, join together. The book of Acts shares this ongoing working of God when it describes the many miracles that were taking place as they gathered together daily in each other’s homes with the apostles teaching, fellowship, breaking bread and prayers.
There is a powerful ministry of blessing and favor from God when we look past our differences and take part, working and praying together to bring glory to God and to be His witnesses in our city. Each Saturday we gather house to house like the early church of Acts to study the Word, fellowship, break bread (normally Velma’s cooking), and pray. It is a beautiful sight to see these men, women, teenagers, and children join together in the city and worship God. There are many times that I have seen my children pour the word of God into their friends in the inner city. I have seen them give their own money so that the ministry could continue. Why? Because they love them as their own family.
I am humbled by the Adams, a family from Prestonwood who help lead the children’s ministry every Saturday with Regina. David Adams comes down every Saturday and clears lots and debris so that drug dealers can’t hide out and deal drugs, while his wife and children help with the kids activities. This family has blessed me beyond words as I see them love others with the love of Christ. About a year ago the Lord led them to purchase a home in Bonton for our men to meet every Saturday. This is now a beacon of hope for the men on the streets. One of our City Ministers, Rick, lives in the home and works with Rodrick and Von to reach the men of our city.
This past Saturday 21 men from across the city gathered in this house. One young man, Brian, used to live in Houston and would drive up every Saturday to be with his brothers from the hood. These men are discovering authentic community by breaking through all the lies of the enemy and building relationships with brothers in Christ. It is a step of faith for men of diverse cultures to trust each other and model the love of Christ. The Word is clear that they will know we are Christians by our love. Miracles are happening in these Bible studies, souls are being saved and lives are being transformed. The Community is seeing a true picture of the Christian life and God is being glorified by these Jesus relationships. We need each other and we are sharpening each other. Pray about joining us on Saturday at 11:00 am for our Bible studies. Come and see what God is doing in our city. You can contact Von Minor for information about our Community ministry opportunities. His contact information is located on our website at http://www.hisbridgebuilders.org.
Thank you for your love and prayers. We go to Baylor this Thursday to get a biopsy and will get the results in several weeks. God is able to heal! Join us in being a part of the greater works He has prepared for us. Eph. 2:10