S.O.S [Summer of the Supernatural]
One day Jesus told his disciples a story to show that they should always pray and never give up. “There was a judge in a certain city,” he said, “who neither feared God nor cared about people. A widow of that city came to him repeatedly, saying, ‘Give me justice in this dispute with my enemy.’ The judge ignored her for a while, but finally he said to himself, ‘I don’t fear God or care about people, but this woman is driving me crazy. I’m going to see that she gets justice, because she is wearing me out with her constant requests!’
Then the Lord said, “Learn a lesson from this unjust judge. Even he rendered a just decision in the end. So don’t you think God will surely give justice to his chosen people who cry out to him day and night? Will he keep putting them off? I tell you, he will grant justice to them quickly! But when the Son of Man returns, how many will he find on the earth who have faith?” Luke 18:1-8
This summer at Groundswell Church has been named the “Summer of the Supernatural”.
Meaning, that many people see summer as a time where Church life slows down. Almost as a time of endurance before you get back into the swing of things in the fall. At Groundswell Church, we decided that we didn’t want that. So, we will have a summer of moving forward, expanding the reach and influence of our Church and ultimately making Jesus known.
Though summer is a time of rest for many, it is an incredible time to reach people. Firstly, because people are just happier. With the sunshine and relaxation, there’s not so much stress in life. Secondly, it’s not a billion degrees below zero. People are willing to get out of their homes to come to events, coffee date and community initiatives. We believe that if we press in and work hard, God will bring the increase.
I love this story of the “Persistent Widow” in Luke 18. I love it because it is the correct attitude and heart posture God wants us to approach Him with in prayer and faith. Of course it is easier to sit back and blame the slowness in Church during summer to people “being away” or “being busy”. But we have decided, just as this widow did with the judge, to come repeatedly to God saying “Give us souls! Give us souls!” I can tell you the past couple weeks in Church we’ve had more visitors than the past month, and there can be so much celebrating in that. But as we celebrate the wins, let’s not become content with little when I believe God wants much! Continually wherever you find yourself, day by day, by yourself or in prayer with your Church community, keep bringing your requests to God. Knowing that He is just and He is good.
I believe as a Church community if we are faithful in this, God will be faithful. We will look back over this summer and be able to say with all confidence and assurance that this truly was the “Summer of the Supernatural”.