After hearing four women share their Agape Love Stories at our GATHER event, I had the privilege of sharing God’s Agape Love stories from Luke 15: the Lost son and the Entitled son both failed to embrace God’s Agape Love. Much like us, they both went after the blessings of God instead of relationship with God, and this set them on a fast track to being face down in a pig pen, and completely unsatisfied and void of joy trying to earn God’s Love. Continue reading “What The Prodigal and Entitled Sons Have in Common in Luke 15”
I loved getting to share about Advent in church this morning and what God is doing in our family lately. I LOVE Advent, and our family enjoys doing a Jesus tree every year, where we get to see Jesus in every story of the Bible, and how the Bible isn’t just a bunch of little, disjointed, moralistic stories, it’s actually one big story, the story of God and how Jesus rescues His people. Jesus is the true and better fulfillment of every promise and person in the Bible, and I’m so pumped my kids gets to learn this at a young age, because I wasn’t raised in the church, and didn’t hear this stuff until later in life.
Advent is a season of waiting for the celebration of the birth of Jesus & the return of Jesus- where He will finally come and wrap up His story with the total restoration of all things that are broken, putting them right again like He first created them in the Garden.
We all have things we are waiting on God to answer, to redeem and restore. This is why I love Advent, it’s an intentional time to point our hearts back to Jesus in these tensions. Continue reading “Advent: A Season of Waiting for Jesus”
Tonight was our first GATHER of many to come! We had an amazing time coming together as Agape Women along with new friends who came out for the first time. It was incredible to see many women use their gifts and creativity to bring together such a beautiful, memorable night! Thanks for building our women’s ministry together, brick by brick. Excited for what God has in store for us as we continue to GATHER God’s way from Acts 2:42-47!
Continue reading “GATHER: God’s Way!”
This fall has been an exciting time for me as the new Women’s Missional Director to get to cast the vision and launch the women’s ministry at the Chapel! My mission is to make women ministry first and foremost about the Gospel of Jesus Christ before it’s about women.
As the gospel takes root in our hearts and we begin to Gather God’s way as the early church did, we can observe their example of how the gospel changes everything. The Gospel goes beyond being just a good belief on paper, or just good news for us- it unleashes us into a lifestyle of giving it away, of loving God and others, while welcoming them into the family of God. This is where Agape Women’s ministry eclipses women with the gospel; God didn’t just save us from sin, He saved us for His purposes on earth, and He gifted us with spiritual gifts to all work together as the Body, as we move together on mission for Jesus.
But it’s only when we gather together that we can truly live out our new gospel identities; it is here in our new family with our new gifts and purpose that we finally belong. This is why it’s so important that we gather God’s way, instead of trying to reimagine our own ways. Let’s not reinvent, let’s just stick with God’s design!
To set the tone of women’s ministry at the Chapel, I wanted to give this call to “Gather God’s Way” from Acts 2:42-47. Continue reading “GATHER God’s Way: Acts 2:42-47”