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'Joy Together - A Gathering of those compelled by Christ'

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작성일 : 2017.11.12
작성자 : Pastor Jane Kim

Pastor’s Column – by Pastor Jane Kim

            For the Bulletin of the KUMC of metro Detroit

 

Sunday, November 12, 2017

 

‘Joy Together- A Gathering of those compelled by Christ’

 

Greetings!

 

Each year our church emphasizes gathering our neighbors, friends, co-workers, and even acquaintances to what we call “Joy Together”. This year, our youth will be hosting our day of fellowship and worship on November 17, for our annual Thanksgiving Potluck.

 

It’s a day we set aside each year with a mandate to bring people to our church. I never thought this was an easy task. In fact, I always had a little bit of anxiety every time we were asked to create an event to bring new people into our ministry. The anxiety came not because I was afraid of inviting a friend, but the anxiety came with the pressure of “what if they come and hate it” or “what if they come and they don’t experience Christ?” I’m sure many who have been challenged to bring people to church have had those thoughts cross their minds.

 

However, with these different pressures and burdens on my shoulder, I realized this is the feeling we must live with each day of our Christian lives. To live as a disciple of Christ we need to have this urgency and burden for our neighbors who don’t know Christ not only be brought to the physical church but to have an opportunity given to them to encounter Christ.

 

A very good friend of mine explained it in this way: Believers and non-believers come in three different groups. The first—those who are curious about Christ. The second—those who are convinced that Jesus Christ died for our sins, and the Third—those who are committed to Christ and Christianity.

 

As I serve in the Jr. High ministry, a lot of our students are eager to bring the third group of people. The committed. They say, “Pastor Jane, my friend who already goes church is the one who I’m going to ask to bring to our Joy Together Thanksgiving Potluck”. Yet when I ask them about their non-believer friends, they immediately respond with “They don’t believe, so I’m not going to ask”. It’s easy to ask someone who will say yes, but the real challenge comes to us for those who have yet the opportunity to encounter Christ.

 

As committed Christians, let’s have this urgency in ourselves to be like Jesus who left the 99 to always go after the one. Maybe that one is a friend, co-worker, or even relative who has never been asked because of our own disbelief. Like it says in Mark 9:24, “…I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!”


   

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