Written by Scott Colburn
At the Church In The Margins and at the Jail Bible Study in the past few months we've tried to go back to the beginning and find core principles that will help us and our friends to go forward in personal piety and corporate ministry. At CITM we have shared Paul's letters to the Ephesians and to the Philippians as ways to see how our little dinner get-together can be church to those who need it. We saw that God gives us the gifts of the Holy Spirit, calls us to walk in sacrificial love so that we are the Light in a world of Darkness, and prepares us to battle in the spiritual war between God and the enemy. Look ma, we're discipling! We have been the beneficiaries of a lot of good donated food, so we have plenty of food and room at our table. Turk and Scott are ready for a continued ministry to a bunch of teens who were coming to the CITM but have not been in the past months. Pray for them, whether they are part of CITM or not.
At the jail, the men's side just finished a long study of Genesis. We see how long mankind has struggled to be in the light of God's presence, against its own desire to be master. Genesis is a rich book of repeating themes like brotherly conflict, the killing effects of a lack of hospitality, and the underdog winning out over the favored. Pray for the men and the women as we go forward with a study of Luke on the men's side and as the women work to prepare the women inmates for the gospel in their lives. The struggle is really old, and it helps to go back to the beginning sometimes and engage with the basic questions.
It was a warm evening, the food had been cooked, the music had been selected, and the guests had been invited. Like many fundraising banquets you may have gone to, there was food, and guest speakers with presentations based on the theme of the evening. But somehow this banquet was different. This banquet also included a memorial of sorts for the first Church Army USA National Director, George Pierce, who graduated to the heavenly choir, to join the great cloud of witnesses.
We were blessed to hear from several people who knew him and that was the catalyst for the theme of the evening, Be the Change. In the room were people that have been long time partners and others who, for the first time, were hearing about how God is using Church Army USA to bring His Kingdom to the least of these.
The other focus was on a new program that will be released in partnership with Trinity School of Ministry and the bases of Church Army USA where a person can get a certificate of Evangelism. This isn’t an ordinary certificate. It entails fieldwork right along with theory. It gives churches an opportunity to raise up someone in their midst to prepare the church for receiving as well as being a herald for the Good News to the broken and lost world. This is Church Army USA getting back to its roots.
If you missed this banquet, don’t fret! We have included the message of support from Bishop Jim Hobby and you can always join the movement. If you have any questions, thoughts or suggestions, shoot them over to me and I will do my best to answer them. Thank you and Blessings!