Over the past few months we have been sharing lots of great information with you about cells and how they function. In my last post, we talked about Planting, Watering, and Reaping. In this post I am going to share about Cells Being Intentional.
If cell groups are specifcially designed for both Edification and Evangelism, if prayer is what empowers the cell in the spiritual and physical realms, and if prayer is us planting and watering spiritual seed. Then, where does the reaping come in. I want to suggest that without a degree of being intentional, reaping will simply not take place. Just like a farmer who plants the seed in faith, sees the seed grow in faith, and then is intentional about preparing for and taking in the harvest. We as the Church of Jesus Christ need to learn more about being intentional in our actions that take us beyond just prayer and into the fields for harvest. Whether it is in a Sunday morning Celebration, during a cell meeting, or just as an individual, if we want to be involved in reaping for the harvest there needs to be a degree of intenitionality on our parts to reap that harvest. Evangelism doesn't happen by accident, it happens when we the Church of Jesus Christ become intentional about what we are doing and how we are doing it.
Look at what Jesus said in John 4:32-35.
But he said to them, "I have food to eat that you know nothing about." Then his disciples said to each other, "Could someone have brought him food?""My food," said Jesus, "is to do the will of him who sent me and to finish his work. Do you not say, 'Four months more and then the harvest'? I tell you, open your eyes and look at the fields! They are ripe for harvest."
I am excited to share with you something very awesome. The current cell leaders here at CCM (both men and women) have been working together through a process of being intentional, and they have created events that will give each of us opportunities for reaping a harvest of souls (evangelism). These events have been designed purposely so that each of us would not only have opportunity to fellowship with each other, but as well to meet new people and build new relationships. Tomorrow night, June 24th, the men will be going together to a Caveman baseball game in Hannbal. There are a few tickets left so if you don't have one contact your cell leader today to make sure you get one and as well one for someone you want to bring. The tickets are free and everyone is welcome. Tomorrow night, June 25th, the ladies will be going together to go bowling at the Tangerine Bowl in Quincy. Like above to find our more information contact a cell leader so that you dont' miss out on this great night of fun and fellowship. There are also events planned for July and August that you will not want to miss so contact your cell leader to make sure you have it marked down on your calendar for the next two months. Then finally, we will conclude this season of beign intentional with our annual Missions Fall Festival on September 26th here at the church.
I am so very proud of our cell leaders for taking the initiative to be intentional about working together to plan events that create opportunities for each of us to invite others to be involved in so that we can begin buidling relationships in a way that allows us to have a postive impact on their lives for Jesus Christ. John 4 coming to life here in our midst. I hope that every person in our fellowsihp will take advantage of the hard work the cell leaders have put in and that we will all not only attend these events, but that we will also bring someone with us and introduce them to our church family and then to our Lord. To find out more information about these events contact your cell leader today, and then make plans to get involved in being intentional about serving Jesus for a Kingdom harvest.
In closing, I want to say thanks again to all of the Cell leaders. You have done a great job with these events, and I am thankful for you all. I am looking forward to seeing what the harvest will be from you being intentional about serving the Lord. Thanks so much!
Pastor Marty & Mary