Every Thursday I’ll send a note to your inbox with a devotional thought designed to help connect you with God, information about what’s going on at The Church at Clayton Crossings, and some fun facts to help us get to know one another.

What I’m thinking
This morning I came across the following passage of Scripture. Check out the knowledge Paul dropped on the Christians at Colosse:

Colossians 4:2-6 “Devote yourselves to prayer with an alert mind and a thankful heart. Pray for us, too, that God will give us many opportunities to speak about his mysterious plan concerning Christ. That is why I am here in chains. Pray that I will proclaim this message as clearly as I should. Live wisely among those who are not believers, and make the most of every opportunity.  Let your conversation be gracious and attractive so that you will have the right response for everyone.”

Guess what? If you pray that prayer, God will do some amazing stuff in the life of our church. Extra bonus: It will revolutionize your life in the same way it revolutionized mine. We say things like this to God, “God, I will walk through every door you open. While I may be afraid and anxious, I’m willing, by faith, to walk through the door and walk on the wild side of the life you created me for.”

I’ve been to seminary. I’ve studied Hebrew, Greek, systematic theology, and hermeneutics. I love wrestling with tough biblical concepts. But do you know what stretches my faith more than anything else? Here’s a hint: it’s not what I learned through an academic study of Scripture.

I grow by seeing the results of Colossians 4 prayers. It amazing that God use a sinner like me to change someone’s eternity. Talk about the mundane becoming miraculous! Only God can make a visit to McDonald’s something miraculous. Only God can help you and me seize an opportunity to point someone to Jesus.

Let’s be a people who ask God to help us take advantage of every opportunity to talk about Jesus.

When you do, God will knock your socks off.  So many people are just one conversation away from becoming followers of Jesus.

We’ve worked hard to make The Church at Clayton Crossings to help you as you have these conversations with people.  It’s my goal to have The Church at Clayton Crossings be a place where you can feel complete confidence to invite anybody without fear of embarrassment.

Why? Because they will hear the truth about God’s grace offered through Jesus. Once you see someone who doesn’t yet know Jesus step over the line of faith, and you see the power of God hit them, your life will never be the same. It will mess you up! You’ll understand God’s plan for the church and watch as God does the miraculous.

So take the opportunity to leverage this Sunday’s two Easter services to help someone find and begin to follow Jesus.

What I need to remember:
WE STILL HAVE A FEW NEIGHBORHOODS TO DISTRIBUTE FLYERS We want to invite more than 5,000 people to church on Easter Sunday morning, and I need your help to make it happen. We still have a few neighborhoods that have not yet received flyers about our Easter service. Shoot me an email and I’ll give you the details. Thanks!
TWO WORSHIP SERVICES ON EASTER SUNDAY We’re going to offer two worship services this Sunday morning (9:00 and 10:30). We’ll have our normal programming for your youngest children (birth–5th grade)–your kids will have a blast.

What I’m listening to

  • My mother showed up at my house today talking about the Hallelujah chorus from Messiah. We gave it a listen–quite moving, as expected! Emma’s suggested that we follow Handel’s masterpiece with Jeff Buckley’s cover of “Hallelujah”. While good, it doesn’t hold a candle to “Hallelujah”. King George was right. BTW, my dad is here too…

About me
John Sanders is the non-stuffy pastor at The Church at Clayton Crossings. His primary mission is to help people find and follow Jesus. Additionally, he longs to write like the child of Aaron Sorkin and Dave Barry, preach like W.A. Criswell, look like Bradley Cooper, and eat like he’s seventeen years old. A more complete (and less snarky) bio can be found here.

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