Most Saturday evenings at Vantage Pointe, people interested in the spiritual success of our church get together for an hour and do something that seems to be a lost art for many Christians: they pray (Acts 16: 13-14). Prayer is the process by which God’s people communicate with Him about things that are important to them. It’s amazing to me that the
Creator and Sustainer of everything we know (and don’t know about) would be interested in chatting with people like me on a Saturday night!
As I travelled to church last Saturday evening, it was dark and cold and I didn’t much feel like a spiritual influencer or one eager to go to church and pray. So as I drove through the streets of South Glens Falls, up the hill past Finch mill, and soon approached the Glens Falls roundabout, I flashed back to when I was a boy and pondered how many people used to walk the sidewalks of Glen and Ridge Streets. I could almost make out the figures of those long-ago shoppers, attorneys, moms, cherubs, shopkeepers and police officers as they strolled from one store to another some 50 years ago that night. “I wonder where they are now?” I questioned the air.
I’m becoming more and more aware these days of just how important it is that Vantage Pointe remain on mission (Matt. 9: 35-38). The old song from the Steve Miller Band captures my awareness today, “Time keeps on slippin, slippin, slippin into the future.” I wrestled last Saturday evening with the notion that most of the adults I remember seeing as I waited to
pick out my new shoes at Johnny’s Shoe Store have now passed on. They raised their kids, paid for university, cradled grandkids, and contributed to the betterment of our city. Then, the inevitable happened: life, in typical human fashion, made an abrupt change and they were caught in the grip of eternity and could not escape to walk those aging city streets anymore (Cor. 15: 22).
People like us who walk with Jesus, talk with Jesus, and really know Jesus should really become vigilant about watching the people who stroll our streets and neighborhoods. For you see, in the not to distant future, those same people will slip from our view and be gone for good. What then if they didn’t hear about Jesus’s deep love for them (Heb. 9: 27)?
This Week at Vantage Pointe
I’ll be continuing my sermon series we’re calling “Renovation: There’s Hope for Your Marriage.” A number of you have mentioned how timely and helpful this series is to you, even if you’re not married! We’ll also celebrate The Lord’s Supper – in an entirely new way. We really do work hard to make church as fun, interesting and spiritually enlightening as is possible for us right now. See you at 10 AM Sunday morning!
“Saving faith is an immediate relation to Christ, accepting, receiving, resting upon Him alone, for justification, sanctification, and eternal life by virtue of God’s grace.”