I hope you enjoyed reading the Haiti blogs. God continues to challenge my heart. How do I allow my experience from Haiti to catalyze me towards living “on mission” for Christ each day here at home? How do any of us “press on” towards our eternal calling when the demands of the day-to-day continue to stack up? How do we equip ourselves to effectively engage with the people we rub shoulders with each day, our community, and people we meet wherever we go? Paul writes in 2 Corinthians that God makes his appeal to the world through us.
I think about our brothers and sisters in Christ all over the world, choosing to live for Him every day, even if the cost is great persecution or death. In the news, we hear about the beheadings and those imprisoned for their faith in Jesus. Yet, they are relentless. Can you picture them?…even now, they continue to meet together in secret, hungry for the Word of the one true living God. In 1 Corinthians, Paul writes of the body of Christ: “when one part suffers, every part suffers with it…”
Let’s be thankful for our freedom but may we never take it for granted. We have much to learn from the devotion of our persecuted brothers and sisters all over the world. And on April 24th, we have the great privilege and opportunity to join together with other believers in our community to devote ourselves to an intense time of bible study and prayer for the persecuted church. Here’s what you need to know.
Location: Lancaster Evangelical Free Church- 419 Pierson Road, Lititz
Time: 6:45 pm- 2am
Please Register Online. We are so excited that we get to coordinate with a neighboring church for this event. LEFC is providing the location AND the food, so we’d love for some of you to take this opportunity to be a volunteer at this event so show them our appreciation. Sign up to volunteer HERE.
What is Secret Church?
Secret Church is a ministry of Pastor David Platt. The Secret Church Simulcast is a time of intense Bible Study, worship, and prayer. It is called ‘Secret Church’ because it mimics how many persecuted Christ-followers around the world meet for hours of study, prayer, and fellowship. These Christians often face great difficulties to meet together, so when they do, they often stay as long as they can to hear God’s word and to study the truth. Often they meet in secret places or house churches, worshipping in hiding, practicing their faith behind closed doors.
While we do not have to meet in secret, we can, like them, meet with fervor and desire to learn, to grow, and to go forth and apply what we have learned.
Christ, Culture, and a Call to Action
The culture around us is constantly changing, and successive changes are often accompanied by significant challenges. So how does the call of Christ compel us to respond to these challenges? How does a Christian respond to the rapid rise of so-called same-sex marriage and the increasing acceptance of homosexuality? How does a Christian live in a world of sex slavery and rampant pornography, a world where babies are aborted and widows are abandoned? How does a Christian think in a culture of pervasive racial prejudice and limited religious liberty? What does a Christian do in a church that exalts prosperity amidst a world of extreme poverty? During this Secret Church, we will explore biblical foundations for answers to these questions and come to significant conclusions regarding how Christ calls every Christian to engage culture with a firm grip on the gospel in the church and a fervent passion for God’s glory in the world.
Are you ready?
Know His Word. Know His Persecuted.