Creek's End Family & Friends,
On August 17, 2017, cars packed the interstates surrounding Houston as people scrambled to evacuate. Hurricane Harvey was headed in, and millions were headed out. The next morning, a picture went viral. It was a line of trucks pulling boats. These vehicles also crawled, bumper to bumper on the interstate, but what the internet slowly realized was that these trucks weren’t headed out - they were heading in. Upon hearing the evacuation orders, these people ran into the storm to help.
Ever since that moment, I’ve been haunted by a question: is this a picture of the American church? Are we the kind of church, who, like the Savior we proclaim, walks into the storm? Or, when the storm comes, do we gather our own and flee?
One of the primary postures of a Christ follower is outward. Our salvation means that the curse of sin is broken, and we’re now free to turn outward - to love God and neighbor.
From plagues in the Roman Empire to cholera in 19th-century London, the church is replete with examples of rejecting fear and embracing neighbor love - even when it means self-sacrifice and risk. This is the church’s moment to rise to its call. This is why we trudge on in the middle of a global pandemic. Even if we don’t know exactly how all this will pan out, we certainly know that fear is more viral than any virus.
Of course, we must remind ourselves that we have nothing to fear. But it’s equally important to remind ourselves that we don’t drive out fear by wishing it away - we drive out fear by acting in love. Love is what replaces fear (1 John 4:18), and love is always outward - to God and neighbor.
So we must continue to walk into this storm. We must know that we have been equipped, by faith in Jesus, to have the metaphorical trucks and boats necessary to do so. This is why our “How To Neighbor” series is so important. I pray that you are growing through this campaign and that God is using your truck and boat to love your neighbor.
Here is what is happening at Creek’s End…
“HOW TO NEIGHBOR” SERIES CONTINUES
The Good Samaritan not only chose to love his neighbor, but he exhibited compassion in astounding ways. Compassionate people do not only sympathize and empathize but they also actively help alleviate the sufferings of others. In other words, compassion is not only about thoughts, feelings, and emotions, but also about actions and solutions. Join us on campus or online at 11:00 AM for Compassion For My Neighbor.
ONLINE RESOURCES FOR SUNDAY
On our website we have made it easy to access materials that are available for Sunday for those sho still cannot worship on campus. This link SUNDAY RESOURCES will take you to all the links you need – Sermon notes, Bible Study video, Live Stream, prayer requests, online giving and a Connection Card.
UPCOMING EVENTS IN THE CREEK STUDENT MINISTRY
Mark your calendar for the following:
Fasting and prayer are a necessity for Christians, to enable them to seek the face of God wholly. We deny our carnal nature in order to fulfill the desires of God. What He wills for our lives can be found through fasting and prayer. Our next First Wednesday Fasting & Prayer day is October 7. We invite you to join us to fast and pray from 6:00 AM to 6:00 PM. A guide will be available online to take you through specific topics for which to pray for.
COMING SOON IN "HOW TO NEIGHBOR"
In this four-week series we are looking at
Jesus’ example, as we ask the question,
“What does neighboring actually look like?”
Here is the remaining schedule…
OCTOBER 4 – “CROSS CULTURE NEIGHBORING”
Using Acts 1:8 as a template, we will explore how we can be neighbors to those who live in our communities but are not like us. North Harris County is becoming more diverse every day, and the vision of God’s kingdom is for people from every tribe and tongue to hear the Gospel and be saved. From Jesus’ encounter with the woman at the well, we will learn how we must reach to those who are near us but not like us.
Secret Church 20 – GOD, GOVERNMENT, & THE GOSPEL - will explore how the gospel transforms the way followers of Jesus relate to governing authorities in any nation for the glory of God in all nations. The purpose of this Secret Church is definitively not to advocate for a political position, party, or candidate in any particular country. The purpose of this Secret Church is to establish biblical foundations for understanding how the character of God and the content of the gospel totally transform the way Christians relate to government. Along the way, we will examine how these biblical foundations help Bible-believing Christians promote love and preserve unity even when we disagree on policies and politics. Ultimately, we will encourage one another to live faithfully as citizens of heaven while we’re citizens on earth.
MEET CREEK’S END
We are excited to see all the new faces that have joined us since we opened back up. All guests and new attenders and families are invited to join us on Sunday, November 1 at 9:30 AM and hear what Creek’s End is all about. This is your opportunity to join our family and be a part of what we are doing in our community and in the world. A special breakfast will be provided as well so come meet us and find out more about how you can be involved. You will be able to sign up online soon at www.creeksend.org or on the Connection Tab on Sundays.
LITTLE CREEK THANK YOU
See you this weekend,