What a great summer thus far! Many families and individuals have travelled and vacationed, some have stayed around Zug, some have had to work (but their day is coming) and some have had guests and/or family come visit them. Even at LIFT on Sunday mornings we have been blessed to have grown over the summer with new families moving into the area, guests visiting and our issue of not having enough space at Vorstadt has continued to be a “problem”, but a good problem to have. Our seasonings of various Servant Leaders sharing the Sunday messages has been such a blessing as well, hearing great Words of the Lord through different communication styles, but yet still bringing out the real God flavor (salt) in content.
I just wanted to share and highlight a few things going on in the near future and I pray you consider being part of what the Lord is doing around Zug here at LIFT!
LIFT “SUMMER OUTING” EVENT: A first ever for LIFT in regards to gathering for an afternoon of fellowship, food and fun.
Sunday- August 24th (31st in case of bad weather) 12:30-16:30 after the morning service
Bring & Braai (Potluck and/or Picnic) – At Lake Zurich- Freienbac h. Park & Play area and even swimming nearby. Contact Bedros & Seta for info.
SPECIAL BAPTISM SERVICE: Sept 14th, 2008 -8:30 a.m. at Bröggli (Lake of Zug)
“Believer’s Baptism”: As most of us at LIFT come from various church backgrounds, for some including infant baptism, we look forward to another first at LIFT, a baptismal service is being planned September 14th. Believer’s Baptism? Baptism is not an act to join our church, nor is baptism “required” for salvation or eternal life with God. Salvation is by God’s grace and faith, but what a beautiful and obediant act of showing others that you have believed and received Jesus into your life and that you desire to share and show an outward expression of this inward decision. If you are a Follower of Jesus and have not been baptized, or if you may have been baptized as an infant, but would also as an adult desire show your faith in Jesus through baptism (or simply desire more information about baptism) please contact Corey or Ken by Sept. 1s t, 2008.
LIFT “K-GROUPS”: LAUNCHING IN OCTOBER ’08 AT A HOME NEAR YOU!!
A fresh and relevant way to say LIFT is launching SMALL GROUPS or CELL GROUPS in October. What’s the K? “Koinonia” is Biblical Greek for “fellowship” and we feel that alongside Sunday morning services that getting together in homes is a wonderful way to strengthen our relationships with one another as well as our relationship and faith in the Lord. There will be several strategically planned groups launching in Zug, Edlibach, Huenenberg/Knonau and even on the Zurich lake side! More info to follow but if you are interested please click reply as to helping us coordinate groups and locations. For the 2008-09 school year, meeting every other week, the groups will dig into “3:16 -A Max Lucado Study”. Whether married, single, young adult or old, male or female we hope you will begin this journey with others in fellowship and faith building!
So, there you have a few highlights of “Lot’s Going On”, not to mention that September is just around the corner when the A-Men Retreat takes place, Club LIFT launches on the 14th, the Ladies continue their Daniel study and the various other happenings as well!
It is so exciting to see LIFT- The International Church continuing to grow up from a simple church plant meeting in a living room a couple years ago to a developing community church with many ministries to the body and community around us. As I set out to write these things ahead in LIFT’s near future, I recalled a great passage from ACTS 2 regarding how the early church was just being formed. Acts 2 took place just a short time after Jesus died, rose again and ascending into heaven when Peter stood up to preach how Jesus was of course alive and well, (as was the Holy Spirit) and Peter shared what the church was to be about. Note the underline points of teaching (Biblical), fellowship, Lord’s Supper (Communion), Prayer, meeting together in a church setting as a group and in homes. Praising God is included as is baptism.
Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. The promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off-for all whom the Lord our God will call.”
With many other words he warned them; and he pleaded with them, “Save yourselves from this corrupt generat ion.” Those who accepted his message were baptized, and about three thousand were added to their number that day.
They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. Everyone was filled with awe, and many wonders and miraculous signs were done by the apostles. All the believers were together and had everything in common. Selling their possessions and goods, they gave to anyone as he had need. Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved .
Looks like LIFT is right on track, even 2000 years later from when Peter stood before that church crowd in Jerusalem and delivered this message! Thank you God in Heaven, Jesus Christ and Holy Spirit that you are alive and well today, still leading and building your church, right here in Zug and amongst the nations!
In His grip and grace,