God deeply loves the people in this world and has called us, both as individual Christians and as a church together, to reach these people with the Good News of Jesus Christ.
EWPC is in an extraordinary re-evaluation process called New Beginnings, thinking, talking and praying about what it means to be involved in ministry today and beyond.
When EWPC began reflecting on the church’s mission and future here in Whittier, a group of congregants began studying a dynamic book, “The Present Future…Six Tough Questions for the Church” by Reggie McNeal. Here are reflections on this thought-provoking novel by Marilyn MacLean:
“Assisted by a recently begun new program, New Beginnings, EWPC, is making a major change in viewpoint, rethinking the our church’s direction.
Through the years, beliefs, purposes and ideals presented in the Gospels, as they are handed down, modified and changed to suit our purposes (but not necessarily God’s) sometimes are distorted beyond recognition.
As centuries have passed the “Great Commission” has become blurred, and we have turned inward, facing and caring for ourselves only, instead of outward, facing the world which we are to recognize, help, show kindness, and share Christ’s love. We need to make a New Beginning.
And we are making a new beginning. Thus far, we have visited help sources and made arrangements to furnish meals; offered tutoring help for youngsters who need a boost in school; and planned events for the neighborhood around our church.
If there are sources of need nearby that you know of, please call ???? and let us talk with you about them. These are steps we are taking to become a Discipleship Church,
In The Great Commission we were told by Christ to go into the world and preach the Gospel to everyone. How many ways are there to “preach the gospel”? It has been well said that “I’d rather see a sermon than hear one any day.” If we only talk our Christian faith (How many of us do that?) And never act it out – if we never explain our Christianity, our faith, our fruits of the Spirit as we show it to others as a church, as well as individually, then our church will die. NEVER!
THEY WILL KNOW WE ARE CHRISTIANS BY OUR LOVE.