Hello Church Family,
We had a great start to our THE NEXT LEVEL Sermon Series this past Sunday at our Celebration Campuses as we celebrated friendships – our friendships with people and with Jesus. In our In-person services, we had a significant upsurge in attendance with many first-time guests, and we had 28 people in our worship services pray to receive Jesus as their Savior.
Some of the people who attended our in-person worship services were Celebration members who hadn’t attended since the Covid19 Pandemic began. One lady who attended for the first time in the past 2.5 years had had her son pass away during that time period. But through tears she shared with her Campus Pastor that the only thing that got her through these months and years has been the love and support she has received from our Church family. She thanked her Pastor that our Church never stopped reaching out to her even when she wasn’t attending.
Another one of our Pastors shared how his young son wanted to invite his friend from his t-ball league to come to Sunday services with him. So our Pastor and his wife invited the parents of their son’s friend to come with them to a Sunday service, and they and their son accepted that invitation. Afterward, the father of the boy shared with our Pastor how much he enjoyed the service and how he was moved to tears at several points in the service. Those first-time guests, along with many other guests, are planning to join us again at Celebration in the near future.
By the way, whether the friends you invited attended this past Sunday or didn’t attend for some reason (several of the friends I invited were too sick to attend), go back this week and invite them to come with you this coming Sunday or on an upcoming Sunday. One of my favorite bumper stickers of all time simply says Real Friends Tell Their Friends About Jesus. And real friends also are faithful in inviting their friends, relatives, co-workers, schoolmates, and neighbors to come with them to the worship services of their Church. Be that kind of friend to your friends.