Two weeks ago, we preached Jesus’ parable of the Good Samaritan. I confessed to our community that we are an immature church when it comes to being merciful and compassionate like Jesus. Part of that is because we are only weeks old. But part of that is because I am immature when it comes to being merciful and compassionate like Jesus. While I have worked hard to sow into the DNA of our church being missional through evangelism, I have not worked as hard at sowing mercy into the soil of our church. But in His mercy, God has cut my heart through Luke 10. And moreover, in His mercy, God has given Seven Mile Road a bunch of people who do have a passion for ministries of mercy.
This week, St. Marks Church (the church that is housing Seven Mile Road, where I preach on Sunday mornings) is giving us an opportunity to take a baby-step towards being a people of mercy and compassion. For years, they have participated in Operation Christmas Child by Samaritan’s Purse. They have invited us to join them. So this week, we’re calling our people to take a baby-step in loving and serving those outside of our church like Jesus.
Seven Mile Road, you can find all the instructions here as well as more information about what Operation Christmas Child does. Take your children with you as you shop. It might be a great teaching moment for them. More, it will be a great teaching moment for you.