Ministries - Overview
At East Main we affirm the primacy of God's call. It is as we come to trust more fully in God's love for us that we develop a hunger to grow in our understanding of His ways. It is, as we believe in Christ, that we become sons and daughters of the living God. Only then do we begin to see that we also belong to all who likewise call upon His name as Savior and Lord. In this sense, community is not something we forge, but a gift that God gives. The fellowship of believers is a truth we live into. Sunday school, Bible studies, community groups, Open Door Community dinners, various care ministries, our mission program, even corporate worship are all ways we seek to awaken the truth that we belong to the Lord and to each other.
…But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. -- 2 Peter 3:18
|Hearing the good news of God's grace in Jesus invites our response. The Scriptures make it abundantly clear that to know God is to love Him and to love who and what He loves. We seek to grow as Christians primarily through this lens, and so we talk about becoming disciples of Jesus. We seek to be people whose lives are formed, informed, and transformed by the truth and power of God's Spirit at work in us.|
|We also affirm that Christian growth is not something we can engineer, but something we yield to by God's grace. Therefore, we engage in worship, Bible study, prayer, fellowship, and service in humility and with expectancy. Each of these endeavors becomes an occasion to address those often unexamined attitudes, habits, and aims that keep us from living into the new reality of God's kingdom.
|As we love and learn, we find ourselves entering into a new kind of life: whole life found in God. We are called to be sharing this new salvation kingdom life with others. To that end, we seek to equip and empower each person for life's purpose and God’s calling. We desire to serve the world with God’s love; able to extend and express the missional movement of Christ’s Church by incarnating the Gospel in our community and world.|
Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God's mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is true worship. -- Romans 12:1
Prayer for Sunday School Teachers
We thank You for the gift of Your Son as our Teacher. We thank You for these men and women who have dedicated their lives to educating the youth of this community, whether those students are just starting their education or whether they are young adults nearing graduation from high school or college. We know what a tremendous responsibility teaching is, and we know how difficult a task it has become in this age. These men and women battle every day for the hearts and minds of their students.
Help these teachers, Lord, to teach the truth that students need to make sense of the world around them. Help them to let students know that they are precious and that God has a plan for their lives. Help them to encourage the students for whom lessons are hard.
Help them to reach students who do not feel much encouragement from home. Guide them in working with students, parents and administrators. Give these teachers confidence as they explain and demonstrate what’s right, and what’s wrong. Let them be reminded that there are those in the congregation and in the community who are praying for them because we need them and their students to succeed.
Help them Lord, in difficult times to rest in Your strength and Your peace. Please give them knowledge, wisdom and patience as they plan and present their lessons each day.
Lord, help them to be a great witness to You in their role as a teacher through their actions, the attitude they portray and the words they say to their students. We ask for Your constant guidance and protection upon them.
Help them to be a walking testimony to the Truth found in You. We dedicate these men and women to be used by You in the ministry of teaching. In Christ’s Name we pray.
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