This week has been good. The membership class went very well last week as well as today. Our topic has been prayer! As we came to the close of the topic tonight I could see how it has been edifying to those in the class. When they would pray you could hear the deeper understanding and sincerity of there prayers. I just pray that going further, that prayer would be a key part of there day as they and we strive to be more and more conformed to His will. E. M. Bounds wrote.. "What the Church needs to-day is not more machinery or better, not new organizations or more and novel methods, but men whom the Holy Ghost can use -- men of prayer, men mighty in prayer. The Holy Ghost does not flow through methods, but through men. He does not come on machinery, but on men. He does not anoint plans, but men -- men of prayer." This is my prayer for us and Monte Christo Baptist Church. That there would be men of prayer!!!
The sunday church service went well this past sunday. I preached on Acts 5:12-42. I love this passage because it is one of those times that God was glorified so much. I loved in this passage how when Peter responded to the jealous accusations against them, he just shared the gospel!(vs29-32) He shared the message that the religious leaders were condemning them for. It truly is the Gospel that is "the power of God unto salvation". At the end of the sermon I contrasted the religious leaders and the apostles. This week we will look at Acts 6:1-7-A call for servants! It should be a good one. But that is for next weeks post.
The house to house ministry went well this week. This week was the last week at Meme Ester's house. Next week we will meet at Tate Immanuel's. We continue to study the book of Ephesians. This week we studied vs11-14. Our study has gone into discussion of how Salvation is totally given by grace, worked out by all three persons of the Trinity(God the Father, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit). It really has sparked some good conversation. After our study we spend some time sharing various prayer requests or praises and then pray. Then we enjoyed a meal together talking and growing in community.
This week we have also been vary busy with leather bag orders. We had two unexpected orders this week, so in some of the evenings I have been busy with that. See all the bags I make are mostly custome made to the persons needs, so it requires much time to design the bag and then the actual making of it. Maybe some of you didn't know that we do leather work as a sort of "tent making". It is a way that sometimes God provides for our needs. We actually set up a website...www.buddybagsafrica.com. Check it out. Read the bio of us...It's the most important part!
Well I think that is all for this week. Tune in again next week!!(saying that in my head like a radio announcer). Please continue to pray that after we fix stuff on our car that it will sell. Hopefully, we will be able to get a more practical vehicle(double cab truck) for both ministry and family. Thank you again for reading!!!