Reach, Gather, and Grow. Over the past few months, these are terms that have been used constantly as we move forward in our unification process. It is an exciting time for us as a body of believers. We are now joining together across multiple locations and counties to share one message, the Gospel of Christ.
Gather by definition is, “to get or take from different people or places and bring them together.” One thing that I love about The River, is how diverse our family is. Pastor Jim describes it best, bikers to businessmen and everything in between! As funny as that statement is, it’s the truth. Our family is filled with people from all different jobs, backgrounds, and stages of life. Yet, we gather together every weekend because of one truth that ties us all together, our Savior.
In Acts 2, Luke records the events on the day of Pentecost. It was during this gathering that the Holy Spirit entered into the lives of the Disciples. People from various nations had all gathered together in the city of Jerusalem, to celebrate the day of Pentecost. After Peter’s sermon, over 3,000 had heard the Gospel message of Christ and devoted their lives to Him.
I love this passage because it paints such a beautiful picture of what it means to gather together. In Acts 2:5 Luke writes, “Now there were dwelling in Jerusalem Jews, devout men from every nation under heaven.” They were not all businessmen or construction workers, nor were they all teachers or soldiers. It says they were men from every nation.
When we gather together every weekend, to worship and hear from God’s Word, there is no separation. We are all brought together because of one common interest, the Gospel. We were not meant to experience this life alone. That is why, I love the diversity we have here at The River. We are just a bunch of people from all over this crazy state of Michigan, with different stories and backgrounds. Yet, just as believers gathered from every nation over 2,000 years ago on the day of Pentecost, we too are gathering together to worship and grow closer to our Savior.
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