We have just completed a month of Saturday night worship services entitled REFUGE 7:1. Several of you have mentioned you have been praying for our REFUGE service and I promised an update on how things are going, so this post is dedicated to REFUGE and giving you some information regarding the service.
I am a little out of my element teaching in casual attire while sitting on a stool, but all will be thrilled to know I received a modern hair cut to go with the new image for Saturday night :).
The dress is casual. Our goal is to minister to youth, younger couples, singles and others who enjoy contemporary worship and praise and and a sense of community at church. We have been surprised at the age range of those who are attending REFUGE, and feel our community is all the better for the broad range of people who have turned out.
One of the things I have always believed is that when a church combines meaningful, personal praise and worship with the systematic teaching of God's Word, the lives of God's people are transformed. Our charismatic brethren have had powerful worship, but have fallen short on the exposition of the Word of God. I believe it is possible for a church to teach exegetically the Scriptures while at the same time enjoy the powerful movement of the Spirit of God in worship.
If you are ever in Enid America on a Saturday night, we'd love to see you at REFUGE.
Next Saturday night I'll begin a series entitled "A Rose By Any Other Name" where I will take Shakespeare's sonnet and show from the Word of God some of the names God gives to His children, and though you may not feel like a saint, or a soldier, or an heir, or a child of God, it does not negate the fact you are one by the grace of God in Christ Jesus.
In His Grace,