The question of when we will be gathering together again has been the subject of much prayer and discussion by our church’s leadership. We are asking God for wisdom as we attempt to follow the guidelines of New York State and New York City regarding the timing for reopening our church campus. At the same time, we are making plans and putting protocols in place to ensure your safety and well-being when we are able to meet again. Stay tuned for updates as more information becomes available.  

In the meantime, we hope that you will continue to join us for Tuesday Prayer Onlinebeginning at 7pm; Sunday Worship Online, beginning at 9am; and weekday Devotions Onlinebeginning at 10am. We also invite you to check the Churchwide Announcements on our home page to learn about additional online events for each member of your family.

Special Assignments for Everyone – Part 1

Wednesday, March 11, 2020

“[Joshua said,] ‘Go through the camp and tell the people, “Get your provisions ready…”’” (Joshua 1:10-11 NIV)

God has a work assignment for every Christian, not just those of us who are ordained to pastoral or preaching ministry.  The apostle Paul wrote to the Ephesian congregation, “I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received… To each one of us grace has been given as Christ apportioned it” (4:1,7).  Later he adds, “From him [Christ] the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work” (v. 16).

Receiving Christ into our lives is not the end of something, but the beginning.  The next step is to receive and carry out our special assignment.  Unfortunately, in too many places Christianity has been reduced to mere mental assent to a list of doctrines.  Others have had a genuine salvation experience, but their daily Christian life is now little more than attending a service once a week.  Jesus has far more in mind for us than this.

When Joshua organized the invasion of Canaan, he didn’t just speak to the priests—the religious leaders.  He didn’t just call a meeting of all the men ages 18 to 35.  He included the entire community, “the people” (Joshua 1:10).  No one was exempted.

Not even the fighting men of Reuben, Gad, and the half-tribe of Manasseh got off the hook.  These tribes had already received their homesteads east of the Jordan following a previous victory.  They could well have begged off from having to join any additional campaign.  But in Joshua 1:12-15, the commander said to them, in essence, “You too!  Come on with the rest of us.  You have a part to play here.  Once we take possession of this territory west of the river, then you can go back home.  Not before.”

To be continued…

-Pastor Cymbala (excerpted from You Were Made for More)

Read Joshua 1:10-15.

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