august 2020 Newsletter
Pastor Jim Chapman
TURN THE WORLD UPSIDE DOWN
“Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world but be transformed by the
renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is-his
good, pleasing, and perfect will.”
Growing up, I attended First Baptist Church in Yucaipa, California. My church was the
quintessential Baptist congregation- preached hell, fire, and brimstone, salvation by faith, and supported missionaries all over the world. They also had a whole bunch of witty sayings like: “this heatwave is temporary, make certain that you don’t face an eternal one!” Or “We don’t change God’s message; His message changes us.” My favorite one -“When life is not a bed of roses, remember who wore the thorns!” My high school
friends use to chuckle whenever they drove by the church signage, but they heard the Gospel! My rock-solid Baptist friends were devoted to turning the world upside down for
Paul writes in Romans 12:2, that “we” are to be fully counter-cultural. Paul believed that
any God-inspired counter-cultural work began with each believer’s personal spiritual renewal. The word renewal is powerful. In the Greek language of the New Testament, the word for renewal is ananeoo, meaning a personal and powerful transformation of
one’s mind and heart by the truths of God’s Word, into a new and radical set of core personal convictions.
In his book, “The Lamb’s Agenda”, Pastor Samuel Rodriguez emphatically states that
our lives as believers are both “vertical and horizontal.” The balanced soul finds its home
at the nexus where faith meets action, righteousness meets justice, and the prophetic
intersects with the practical.” God’s Kingdom is always transformational, and it
germinates with each in the renewing of our mind in Christ. This transformation
empowers us to see and discern God’s will and how it’s lived out towards those in our world. It is a vertical and horizontal focus. It is by this God-process, that changing the world will occur. This is the heart of renewal and what it means to be counter-cultural as
a believer in a difficult world.
Being counter-cultural is our focus this month at Christ’s Body. It’s an everyday focus for us. The advent of the COVID virus has forced new ways of thinking and action upon all of us too. But that is a good thing! Being transformational and counter-cultural towards our
world in an intentional way is always evolving. With this in view, we are developing new ways to successfully accomplish our historic mission: to feed, clothe, heal, and share the Gospel 365 days a year with Denver’s homeless community. Over the last several months, our outreach teams have been sharing the Gospel, feeding the hungry and caring for the homeless all over the metro Denver area. We are going out to them! It's our way of being counter-cultural to a world that is dying.
We want to turn our world upside down for the Kingdom of God! Please pray for us.
mobile outreach update
As we look over the past month we consider it a blessing to be able to meet folks at camp, wherever they are in life. We can offer an opportunity to hear teaching from the Word, to let our friends know that we’d like to pray with them and to tell them that the God of this universe created them, seeks to have a relationship with them and that they can have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.
This month carries with it a few milestones that are a testament to God’s grace and His hand on this ministry: We are excited to see an increase in the number of times we are praying with people! Check out the prayer box (In the Picture, RIGHT). This little black box travels along with our street team anytime we are distributing clothing or at an event where tables and a larger team are present to minister to our guests. Now, a guest could always just fill out a prayer card, drop it in the box, and walk away...
a guest drops a prayer card in the prayer box (top right)
But more often this prayer box sparks a conversation with one of our staff or volunteers! As this new addition to our ministry had morphed – we, as a staff, have begun lifting these prayers up to our Heavenly Father together at our weekly staff meeting. Talk about a way to take a staff meeting and make it a lot more enjoyable and life-changing! Lastly, on the prayer box, we’ve just been able to add these prayer requests to a weekly email blast to bring you all in the loop to pray not only for us but for all who’ve added a request to lift up!
We continue to treasure your prayers for this ministry as well. Please pray for direction as we navigate mobile outreach during COVID. And let the Gospel, the Word, and the greatness of our Heavenly Father be our distinctive on the street. We want to turn our world upside down for the Kingdom of God! We are grateful for His protection and provision. And we are grateful for your support and prayers as well.
COVID CLOTHING CRUSADERS
We have a well-used clothing closet that, when running in normal times, blesses numerous homeless people. When the pandemic hit and we hit the road with our mobile ministry, we had to quickly figure out how clothing would be distributed. It took a couple of weeks, but when we started giving out socks, underwear, and summer clothing, we were greeted with grateful hearts for the much-needed clothing. Four months later and we have given out over 1500 pieces of clothing along with shoes, backpacks, blankets, pillows, and hygiene items in homeless camps across Denver.
peggy and jill hard at work
Jill Fockler and Peggy Moulton (PHOTO, LEFT) have volunteered countless hours to help sort, store and manage our mobile outreach clothing operation. Jill is not working during the pandemic and there is no better way to spend one day a week than to donate your time and talents for God’s Kingdom. She has spent many years working in retail and her expertise has helped us create a smooth-running operation. Peggy is our regular clothing volunteer who has never stopped volunteering for us despite these challenging times. Her quiet faithfulness is not to be overlooked! She also shows up early, before cueing the clothes that support our outreach, to help make the burritos that go out on the street. We could not have pulled this outreach off without both of these ladies and are thankful for their efforts.
If you would like to come down and help with clothing we can always use more hands.
If you have clothing donations or would like to help, please give Tiffany a call at 303-860-1272.
new partnership with mission arvada
God has led us in our new outreach efforts to work with another homeless day shelter located in Arvada. The Rising Church, who hosts Mission Arvada, has graciously welcomed us into their property each Wednesday evening to host a BBQ meal in the great outdoors and visit with homeless clients in the Old Towne Arvada area. Some clients even travel from Denver on the rail for the supportive community that Mission Arvada is so fabulously known for.
Over the last 4 weeks, our crowd of guests has grown and we have been able to enjoy great conversations, prayer, community, food, and the Word - together. As of late, Pastor Bruce has been sharing a few thoughts before we circle up to pray before dinner. One of the great things about Pastor Bruce is that if he is sharing his thoughts, well, he is sharing God's thoughts because Pastor Bruce is speaking the WORD and ties it beautifully to each of us. His passion for the Word is contagious, and how God has enabled him to share the Word, and proclaim the Gospel, gives our guests on Wednesday evenings a minute of peace and hope.
pASTOR BRUCE SPEAKS THE WORD
Before and after each Wednesday outreach we share time in a prayer circle - often with both staff and guests, where we lift up our time together and also lift one another up to the Lord. This may not be what our world may do when folks commune together, but this is the special privilege that we have in God’s kingdom - regardless of our race, economic status, or where we lay our head to rest.
grill-masters ebrom and jerry
We are grateful for our partnership with Mission Arvada and are excited to see how God will use this time together!
verse OF THE MONTH -
counter - cultural
“Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is-His good, pleasing and perfect will.” -Romans 12:2 (ESV)