God in Your Neighborhood

Today’s Reflection

ALTHOUGH JESUS IS AT THE HEART of what we do at Union Coffee, “Offer them Christ” is not our guiding principle. We did not plant our church to bring God to the neighborhood or Jesus into the lives of those who walk in our doors. We believe that God is already at work in our neighborhood, that Jesus is already at work in the lives of the people who walk in our doors. our responsibility is to see what God is doing in our neighborhood and become a part of that. …

Church planting rooted in the omnipresence of God shifts the standard church planting perspective in subtle ways that significantly transform the community and the church. Our responsibility as the church isn’t to necessarily change the lives of individuals or our community. That is God’s work. Our responsibility, instead, is to set our imagination loose, open wide our ears, listen for the easily overlooked symphony of God that plays in the broken corners of our neighborhood, and join in God’s great work. I have consistently found that when I look for God, I’m rarely disappointed and always inspired.

– Michael Baughman
Flipping Church

From pages 9, 12 of Flipping Church: How Successful Church Planters are Turning Conventional Wisdom Upside-Down</em., edited by Michael Baughman. Copyright © 2016 Discipleship Resources. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Discipleship Resources. http://bookstore.upperroom.org/ Learn more about or purchase this book.

Today’s Question

What do you see God doing in your neighborhood? How can you become involved? Share your thoughts.

Today’s Scripture

“I will lay sinews on you, and will cause flesh to come upon you, and cover you with skin, and put breath in you, and you shall live; and you shall know that I am the LORD.”

Ezekiel 37:6, NRSV

This Week: pray for the growth of new relationships. Submit your prayer to The Upper Room Living Prayer Center or share it in the comment section.

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This week we remember: Isidore the Farmer (May 15).

Lectionary Readings

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