It’s important for New Hope Church to be a body of believers in Jesus who cares about those around us right here in Douglas County, Oregon. Part of that care is blessing others with the blessing of the good news in Jesus that He has given to us. Finding good life rhythms is an important part of this, and not just compartmentalizing telling the good news to big events or events that occur in our church building. Like the Thessalonians, may New Hope people be those from whom the gospel message sounds forth.
“4 For we know, brothers loved by God,that he has chosen you, 5 because our gospel came to you not only in word, but also in power and in the Holy Spirit and with full conviction. You know what kind of men we proved to be among you for your sake. 6 And you became imitators of us and of the Lord, for you received the word in much affliction, with the joy of the Holy Spirit, 7 so that you became an example to all the believers in Macedonia and in Achaia. 8 For not only has the word of the Lord sounded forth from you in Macedonia and Achaia, but your faith in God has gone forth everywhere, so that we need not say anything. 9 For they themselves report concerning us the kind of reception we had among you, and how you turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God, 10 and to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead, Jesus who delivers us from the wrath to come.” 1 Thessalonians 1:4-10 ESV
This life of sharing the good news with others is about sharing more than words, but also not less than words too. Paul describes how they lived as they brought the good news to the Thessalonians:
“7 But we were gentle among you, like a nursing mother taking care of her own children. 8 So, being affectionately desirous of you, we were ready to share with you not only the gospel of God but also our own selves, because you had become very dear to us. 9 For you remember, brothers, our labor and toil: we worked night and day, that we might not be a burden to any of you, while we proclaimed to you the gospel of God.”1 Thessalonians 2:7-9 ESV
This is a rhythm of working and sharing ourselves with others AS we share the message of God’s grace.
The book “Surprise the World” by Michael Frost provides one approach to creating weekly rhythms where the gospel permeates our lives. Modify and practice this in your life as the Lord leads you. The following is a link to a pdf version of that book. May Jesus help every local body of believing people bless the communities they are a part of with His good news.