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Mercy Project Sunday 2018 - Recap Video

By Heidi Shirley-Hawes in Mercy Project 3 months ago | 593 views Link: https://goo.gl/knHX4E

This video is a celebration of how we as a church have been involved in our local and global communities. It is an appreciation of how the people of Crossroads church have made sacrifices of their time, skills and talents, finances, and been willing to respond when a need is revealed. As John Wesley, one of our founding theologians, said “Having shown that you have a regard for their bodies, you may proceed to inquire concerning their souls.”  By meeting people where they are at, in the situation they are in, we earn the influence – the ability to speak about spiritual things. That is the intent of the Mercy Project.

The Mercy Project presents a variety of opportunities for us, as a like-minded group of people, to make a greater impact as a group then we ever could alone. It is one way in which we use and apply what we know. It is not enough for us to KNOW what we know. If God had stopped at knowing we were sinners in need of a sacrifice, where would we be?

We cannot be content to be like Sodom in the Old Testament book of Ezekiel 16:49 where Sodom and her sisters are said to be – “arrogant, overfed and unconcerned; not helping the poor and needy.” We must remember the love of Christ, and how He physically and spiritually met us at our point of need. We must remember His provision of our daily bread and all the extras we have surrounding us. We must acknowledge His patience with us as we learn, fail, repent, and try again. We must truly appreciate His sacrificial love for us, and look for ways to give from these gifts which He gave us to share – loving our neighbor as ourselves, as Jesus says in Luke 10:27.

The Mercy Project is not an end all and be all of acts of mercy. It’s not intended to be the only ways in which we as Christ followers live out Christ’s sacrificial love to us. But it is a way to get us thinking about what we do with what we know. The Mercy Project partnerships and engagement opportunities are our church’s way to live out Micah 6:8 – to act justly, love mercy, and walk humbly. The Mercy Ministries that were represented at the tables in the church entrance on Sunday, and are ongoing throughout the year, are some ways in which we can feed the hungry, welcome the stranger, clothe the needy, and care for the sick and imprisoned as Jesus instructs in Matthew 25.

God invites us to participate in His work in the world. Today we celebrate the ways in which we are participating! We express praise to God for using us to reveal the character of God; for using these acts of mercy as means of grace in our lives, and we also ask God for the guidance of the Holy Spirit in the year to come – to increase our sympathy for the afflicted, increase our thankfulness, and increase our love for God and neighbor.

Thank you to each of you who have given of your time, skills, talents, finances, and other resources for living out what the church is intended to be and do.

Thank you,

Heidi

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