Sunday, August 21, 2016

The Lost Community of Grand Forks

Last week I quoted a statistic from Corporate Chaplain America. Let me give you that quote again, “80% of Americans aren’t meaningful connected to a church.” Let us see what that means for Grand Forks. In the census taken in 2013, the population of Grand Forks was 54, 932. We know that the population now is more. But, what is 80% of that population total? It is 43, 946. That means that 43, 946 are not meaningfully connected to a local church body. So, we can say by statistics, that Grand Forks, North Dakota is a lost community.

The question is what do we as a church do? The Bible says in Ephesians 2:10, For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.” Look at these lyrics by Matthew West in his song called, “Do Something.”

I woke up this morning, Saw a world full of trouble now. Thought, how’d we ever get so far down? How’s it ever gonna turn around? So I turned my eyes to Heaven, I thought, “God, why don’t You do something?” Well, I just couldn’t bear the thought of People living in poverty, Children sold into slavery. The thought disgusted me. So, I shook my fist at Heaven, Said, “God, why don’t You do something?” He said, “I did, I created you” If not us, then who, If not me and you, Right now, it’s time for us to do something. If not now, then when. Will we see an end? To all this pain? It’s not enough to do nothing. It’s time for us to do something. I’m so tired of talking, About how we are God’s hands and feet, But it’s easier to say than to be, Live like angels of apathy who tell ourselves It’s alright, “somebody else will do something” Well, I don’t know about you, But I’m sick and tired of life with no desire, I don’t want a flame, I want a fire

I wanna be the one who stands up and says, “I’m gonna do something.” We are the salt of the earth, we are a city on a hill, but we’re never gonna change the world, by standing still, no we won’t stand still, no we won’t stand still, no we won’t stand still!

Outline: So, what are we at Calvary Community Church going to do about the 43, 946 persons who are not connected to a church?

 

  1. We are going to invite them to church.

Luke 14:23

23 And the master said to the servant, ‘Go out to the highways and hedges and compel people to come in, that my house may be filled.

 

  1. We are going to pray for this city.

1 John 5:14-15

14 And this is the confidence that we have toward him, that if we ask anything according to his will he hears us. 15 And if we know that he hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests that we have asked of him.

 

 

  1. We are going to ask them to come to Bible study.

2 Peter 3:18

18 But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be the glory both now and to the day of eternity. Amen.

 

  1. We are going to encourage them to come to future events that are being scheduled.

Hebrews 10:24-25

24 And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, 25 not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.

 

Conclusion: Let me end with another song by White Heart, “We are His Hands.”

We are His hands

We are His feet

We are His people

Children of the Lord

We share the hope

We share the dream

Believers in Jesus

Children of the King

 

As far as I am concerned, Calvary Community Church is the only hope 43, 946 people have, today.