A widower and widow had known each other for a number of years, being high school classmates, and having attended class reunions in the past without fail. At the 60th anniversary of their class, the widower and the widow made a foursome with two other singles. They had a wonderful evening, their spirits high. The widower throwing admiring glances across the table. The widow smiling coyly back at him.
Finally, he picked up courage to ask her, "Will you marry me?" After about ten seconds of careful consideration, she answered, "Yes..........yes I will!"
The evening ended on a happy note, but the next morning he was troubled. Did she say Yes or No? He couldn't remember. He went over the conversation of the previous evening, but his mind was blank. He remembered asking the question, but for the life of him he could not recall her response. With fear and trepidation, he picked up the phone and called her. First, he explained that he couldn't remember as well as he used to. Then he reviewed the past evening. As he gained more courage, he inquired of her, "When I asked if you would marry me, did you say Yes or No?" "Why you silly man, I said Yes! And I meant it with all my heart." The widower was delighted. He felt his heart skip a beat. Then she continued. "And I am so glad you called because I couldn't remember who asked me!"
Ephesians 2:19-22: “Now, therefore, you are no longer strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, 20 having been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ Himself being the chief cornerstone, 21 in whom the whole building, being fitted together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord, 22 in whom you also are being built together for a dwelling place of God in the Spirit.”
Too many of us are about like the couple I mentioned earlier, but our problem is less about memory and more about not knowing each other! We should be involved in building relationships with each other for the Glory of God! That’s one of the reasons why we have Growth Groups. I want to share our Focus for the Fall Growth Groups:
Fellowship: Grow by making an effort to get to know members of this body.
Outreach: Grow by being intentional in inviting the unchurched to the group.
Discipleship: Grow in our relationship with God through study and listening.
Ministry: Grow by ministering together as a group.
The Growth Group information will be sent to you via email and will be in the foyer on information wall. Please respond via email or complete the form and turn to the office as soon as possible.