Outreach – June 2015


Have you ever wondered why God draws people to a particular church? Have you ever asked yourself why God would draw people to RRC? Have you ever been apprehensive about inviting a friend or neighbor to church? Has it ever crossed your mind that God might actually keep people from attending a particular church, even Rockford Reformed Church?

The Outreach team has been studying the book Organic Outreach for Churches by Kevin Harney. During the last two meetings we have been discussing and contemplating these very important questions and how they relate to each of us personally and to Rockford Reformed as a church.

Matt. 22:37-40  To those who asked him what matters most to God, Jesus replied, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”

Loving God and loving others are the two big hooks on which everything hangs. When we think of outreach, love must be the foundation and our motivating factor. Jesus made it clear that love is our starting point for everything. “If we fail to love God, he will not draw people to our congregation. When we love God passionately, he will entrust people to our congregation so we can lavish them with His love and grace.” (Kevin G. Harney, Organic Outreach for Churches)

As a church we need to seriously ask ourselves: Does our heart, as a church, beat with the love and compassion of the living God? Can people see our compassion? Can they feel it? Are we fulfilling God’s call to lavish him, each other, and our neighbors with love?

SATURDAY, JUNE 13 we have the opportunity to invite our friends and neighbors to watch the fireworks from the hill at RRC. This is a non-threatening way for our church family to show the love we have for God and for His people. Please say a prayer and invite your friends! We hope to see you there!

A GREAT OPPORTUNITY FOR YOU: We have a great opportunity for the person or persons who has the gift of video-taping and editing. Our hope is to video-tape testimonies of God’s goodness and grace in the lives of our church family so that we can use them to encourage and inspire people within RRC and those outside our doors. Please email Lisa DeBoer at ladinteriors@hotmail.com or call 616-560-6220 if God is calling you to be part of this exciting opportunity.