So often when we say the word church we immediately think of a building instead of people. We ask questions like, “what church do you go to?” and “where is your church?”. Without realizing it, we have confined the church to a building we attend once or twice a week instead of the truth that we as believers in Jesus Christ are the church. We must never forget that we may be the only church anyone ever attends when we go to work or school and they see our faith in action.
Each week we have Bible studies in BonTon with small groups of men and women in our ministry houses while the children meet at Velma’s house. These Bible studies are a tremendous example of the body of Christ as we pray, study the Word, fellowship and help meet the needs of each member of our study.
This past weekend a member of our group was so thankful that we were meeting for bible study in our ministry house where he lives since he cannot leave the house on Sunday as a part of his probation. He actually wears an ankle bracelet that constantly tracks his location. He is now a devoted follower of Christ and just completed our machine shop training and needed a place to live.
We have all witnessed the faith and faithfulness of our new friend and brother so we offered for him to live in our BridgeBuilder ministry house. He shared that he tried for 17 months to get into our ministry job training and kept running into road blocks until this last class. He said he kept praying and persevering and the Lord answered his prayers.
When he said he couldn’t leave the house on Sundays and that he was so grateful that we came to him to meet every Saturday I rejoiced at the joy of the blessing of being the church to our new brother in Christ.
Each day we discover more people in our community that are praying for someone to come and share the love of Christ with them and be a part of the body of Christ, the Church. Pray about joining us each Saturday at 11:00 in BonTon as we develop these house churches with Christians from across the city that join together to bring glory to God and advance His Kingdom.