We've reached the part in the Story of Scripture in which Jesus leaves his followers with a clear building plan: to be his witnesses to the entire world and build his church. Jesus wasn't talking about a building with walls and a roof, but a gathering of believers fully committed to living their lives in right relationship with God and others. And unlike Sarah Winchester who sought out the instructions of demonic forces, the Holy Spirit empowered and guided those early Jesus-followers - and does the same for you and me!
I hope you'll be able to join us this Sunday, April 12th, as we begin our look at the way Jesus' followers spread the Good News throughout the Roman Empire - which eventually reached through the centuries to all of us. And like the Winchester Mansion, the Holy Spirit's building project isn't finished. We've still got work to do!
In San Jose, CA, you can visit an extremely unusual mansion that was built by Sarah Winchester, widow of the inventor of the Winchester repeating rifle. Actually, she never finished building it. After the death of her daughter and husband, Sarah consulted a medium who told her that her only hope of finding peace from the spirit world was to never stop building a home for herself and the spirits of those who had fallen victim of Winchester rifles. As a result, she began a 24 hour a day, 365 days a year building project for 38 years until her death.
Being an incredibly wealthy woman with a daily income of $1000/day (the modern equivalent of approximately $23,000!), much of the mansion is magnificently beautiful and innovative. However, her instructions to the team of builders led to all kinds of random and wacky features including stairways that ended abruptly into a ceiling and doors to no where. There certainly doesn't appear to have been a logical, intentional building plan with a finished product in mind.
Mark your calendar and purchase your tickets for our CHIC fund-raiser! On Sunday, April 26, at 6:00 pm, our young people will host a south-of-the border dinner and dessert auction at the church. Proceeds will help to send our group of 10 high school students and adult leaders to the Covenant High In Christ (CHIC) conference at the University of TN this coming July.
Purchase your tickets from the students for $15 ($20 at the door).
Thoughts about living as a Jesus follower and life at Community Covenant Church