The State of our Church (2016)
The three primary seasons we celebrate are Advent, Prayer Month and Lent. The anxious anticipation of Advent gives way to the hopeful response of God’s people in prayer and eventually to a sustained season of reflection upon the cross and resurrection of our Lord. During these seasons, we hope to leverage the opportunity we have to disengage from noise and distraction in our lives to corporately and individually engage the Lord, each other and the world.
God’s house is to be a house of prayer. The community of God is to be a community of prayer. It is a practice that is to mark the community of God, not just individuals within the community. Prayer has been called “the breath of the Christian.” As a body cannot live long without oxygen, so a child of God cannot thrive without communion with the Father. Without prayer, we grow sluggish, self-centered, lazy and apathetic.
January is a month of renewed interest in prayer at Soma. It is a time for us to replenish our passion for God and His word, the church, the lost, needy and broken. It is a time to reconsider our responsibilities and opportunities to engage the world with the good news of the glorious triune God Who has loved and lavishes grace upon us. The season of Prayer is our opportunity to repent of past prayerlessness and to turn again in humility to our Father, Who delights in hearing and responding to our requests.
The Big Idea for the Year: We are a people who are on Mission!
This is recording of Pastor Jon Nelson speaking at Soma Community Church in Jefferson City, MO on Sunday morning January 3, 2016. Released: January 8, 2016; Text: Matthew 28:16 - 20