017: Churches Collectively Giving Thanks
Spurgeon writes in the February 1865 edition of The Sword and the Trowel that “it is the duty of a Church collectively, to declare what God hath done for ‘their souls’.” So “what God is doing for good in one Church ought therefore to be made known to other Churches, that thanks may be given by many on its behalf and others may be provoked to love and good works.” One way he sought to do this was by sharing information about the Metropolitan Tabernacle, the church he pastored.
The FIEC have sought to facilitate this through their Get to know… videos as a way of helping churches know what God is doing in other churches in the fellowship. At Banstead Community Church we have shown each video that has been produced in our Sunday morning service and spent time praying for the churches featured.
The current COVID crisis has also provided a new opportunity to do this in ZOOM prayer meetings. It has been great to have previous trainee pastors now in different parts of the country join our prayer meeting and share about what God has done in their churches. We’ve been able to have joint prayer meetings with other churches. I’ve also been invited to attend the prayer meeting of another local church and make known how God has blessed the church I paster and hear them give thanks to God.
Is there a leader of a local church you could invite to your church prayer meeting “to declare what God hath done for their souls… that thanks may be given by many”?
(Photo: Julia Joppien)