Pastor’s Page – The Bible in Our Daily Lives

Two Key Truths to Keep in Mind

Deep and Wide

Deep and wide, deep and wide,
There’s a fountain flowing deep and wide.
Deep and wide, deep and wide,
There’s a fountain flowing deep and wide.

Have you ever sung that song? It was once a favorite among children in Sunday school classes and Vacation Bible School groups. It talks about the love of God through Jesus Christ flowing into people’s lives. Flowing deeply into people’s lives. And flowing broadly to influence and impact more and more people.

As the song progressed, singing the same refrain above, one word at a time would be replaced with a “Hum”. It would then be sung as “Deep and (hum), deep and (hum), There’s a fountain flowing deep and (hum).” Although the word would be replaced with a “hum”, the actions would still continue – as the word “wide” would be demonstrated with spreading one’s hands far apart. The next time around the “hum” would replace both deep as well as wide, with the corresponding hand motions. This would continue until the entire song was being “sung” with humming and hand motions alone.

Inreach and Outreach

Sometimes living the Christian faith is like this, no words just actions.

It can be powerful. It is often personal. But is it always meaningful to the one receiving the actions?

At our recent Elder Board retreat, we were guided by the Holy Spirit to consider what it means to be a local church and how best to lead (shepherd) people into this understanding more effectively. Two aspects became very clear – Inreach and Outreach.

The Inreach is when we are personally growing in knowledge and faith with Jesus Christ. It also includes vital growth in relationships with others who are themselves also growing in their faith journey with Jesus. The “in” of Inreach is sometimes referred to as Congregational Care or Peer Care. This is the glue that holds churches together, the love of Jesus Christ that deepens one’s roots into the soil of Christian faith and strengthens the bonds that knit hearts together in a local church community of believers.

And when the Inreach is going well, we might just say that it is humming along nicely.

The Outreach, on the other hand, is the sharing of God’s love in Jesus Christ by the Spirit’s power with those who are outside of the local church community. In the case of our Outreach as Chandler Bible Church (CBC), this is people who come to our Awana Clubs, those we impact through our ministries with KTA (Kyrene Traditional Academy) or “Feed the Hungry”. This also occurs through those who are supported by the CBC body – those missionaries and overseas workers who are prayerfully, financially and sometimes even physically partnered with who are doing God’s work in unique ways here in Chandler and the Phoenix Valley as well as around the world. And yes, our Outreach as a church also includes the many, many ways that each of the members of CBC are sharing and showing the love of Jesus Christ through their unique lives.

These Outreach dynamics and opportunities are our demonstrations as Christians that Jesus Christ is present in our lives and God’s love is flowing through our lives. These are the actions of Christian faith.

Rooted and Reaching

We hear from God through the Apostle Paul in the Bible (Colossians 2:6-7), “As you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in him, rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving.” And we discover that this supernaturally leads to humming AND acting, rooted AND reaching out, growing deep with Jesus Christ and others in the CBC family AND growing excited and better skilled as we widen our spheres of personal and corporate (“together”)  influence into people’s lives.

Wow! From singing and hand motions to living it out daily in the joy and delight of Jesus. Now that is the fun process of Christian growth.

Praying with you and for you, that you would delight daily in the Lord Jesus Christ.

~Pastor Sean