BY: Pastor Tim Ahlman
There is no such thing as neutral. There is only progression or regression. No movement or no growth inevitably leads to regression. This principle is true individually and communally. Are you progressing on your journey with Jesus? Is your prayer life intensifying? Is your time in the Word increasing? Is your eagerness to serve and lead growing? If not, ask Jesus boldly for help for you to DISCOVER YOUR NEXT! Jesus loves to answer this prayer!
There is no such thing as neutral in the church. There is no time for complacent corporate worship, lackluster discipleship or small dreams. We passionately believe Jesus’ words from Matthew 16:18, “And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.”
Do you understand we’re in a war? Sin, Satan and the world are offensively attacking the church. They yearn to dampen your faith and daily witness in your vocation. They are whispering, “Just set your faith in neutral. Don’t serve at church. Don’t step outside your comfort zone. Just go to church, but don’t become a Jesus freak.” Don’t believe the lies! The gates of hell will not overcome the church! The kingdom of God is advancing and we are waving the banner of the resurrected Jesus.
As we begin our series, “Discover your Next,” please take our invitation to either engage, connect, serve or lead. Your CGLCS leadership staff has spent countless hours striving to understand where each of you are on your journey with Jesus. We are all at different places on our journey. Yet, neutral is not an option. Please take your next step with Jesus.
MILD BRANDING RE-DESIGN
One of our NEXT steps as a leadership staff is a mild brand re-design. We are excited about our new, bold font. We are also pumped about our new 3E Journey colors, EXPERIENCE (green), EMPOWER (red), and EXPAND (blue).
We are also taking active steps to increase our presence on social media. Thank you to all who weekly (or daily) check in on Facebook! You’re making a big difference! Be watching for CGLCS to show up on Instagram and Twitter with greater regularity soon!
LIVE STREAMING COMING SOON!
Finally, we will begin live streaming in a couple months. We are excited to welcome the newest member of our staff, Todd Freeman, as A/V director. Todd brings 15 years of experience as an independent film producer from the Portland area, filming, editing and marketing 9 full-length films. Todd will help film and produce high quality videos for the CGLCS community. He will also help CGLCS with external marketing. Todd is the husband of our new 4th grade teacher, Sarah Freeman, and they have three children attending CGLS.
There is no neutral at CGLCS. Jesus is obviously on the move. My prayer is there is no neutral in your life as well. You have been empowered by the Holy Spirit to passionately follow Jesus as the kingdom of God advances!