1 Corinthians 9:19, 22
"For though I am free from all, I have made myself a servant to all, that I may win more of them. I have become all things to all people, that by all means I might save some. I do it all for the sake of the gospel, that I may share with them in its blessings."
Today's Prayer Focus
- For the run-up to the Relational Wisdom 360 seminar with Ken Sande: vision among our whole congregation; logistics of running the event; promotion in the community.
- For the vision and planning lunch tomorrow; for all the pieces to fall into place.
- For Ken’s ministry to our congregation on the topic of relationships, with application to family, business, church, and other relationships.
- For our outreach to the community, through personal invitations, networking with businesses, and media outreach.
"Free From All, a Servant to All"
Recently I was having lunch with a business leader in our city. Though he does not profess faith in Christ, he has a favorable view of Lake Baldwin Church. I’ll never forget one of the things he said to me: “Mike, I like that Lake Baldwin Church does intermediate events.” He was referring to his family’s positive experience with Kids Camp, an event where over 50% of the kids came from families outside our church.
I think that the apostle Paul, writing in 1 Corinthians 9, would love the idea of common ground events and relationships. Without letting go of the truth of the gospel, Paul worked to find common ground with people for the sake of the gospel. There was even an element of personal sacrifice: “I have made myself a servant to all.” This reminds us of the Lord Jesus Christ, who put on flesh to “move into the neighborhood.” He came “to serve, and to give his life a ransom for many.”
The upcoming Relational Wisdom seminar (RW360) with Ken Sande is one of those “intermediate events” when the people of LBC build a bridge to the people around us on the basis of the common ground topic of relationships. Let’s unite as a church to bathe this event in prayer—for logistics, promotion, personal invitations, and the day of the event itself. It will take place on Friday evening and Saturday morning, October 9-10.
Mike Tilley is the senior pastor of Lake Baldwin Church, and has lived in Orlando since 1994. He and his wife, Molly, worked with a core group from the Baldwin Park community to plant Lake Baldwin Church in 2006. Mike loves teaching the Bible in a way that relates to real life. In his spare time, Mike enjoys good movies, long dinner with friends, snow skiing, hanging out with his kids and two granddaughters, and travel.