God is at work in and through us
Life is bursting at the seems at our Christian community church in Peoria, AZ. Why? We believe that every person that calls the Reunion Church home has been uniquely gifted by God, and is called to use their gifts in serving so that the Body of Christ is complete, with all of her parts fully functioning. There are plenty of ways to serve, all you have to do is ask. You can click HERE to send an e-mail to ask where you can connect and use your unique gifts in service to our Lord.
You’ve probably heard the saying, “For such a time as this…” It is exactly what we believe at the Reunion Church – the return of our Lord is growing closer and the world around us is growing darker. At this juncture in history, we are pushing deep with great intentionality into God’s Word, then we are hiding it in our hearts and applying it to our lives. We are being disciples and making disciples. And, we are welcoming the Holy Spirit to move in our midst, empowering His people for His purposes.
People at our Christian community church in Peoria, AZ are equipping themselves for ministry, rising up to serve in leadership roles, and engaging in serving. We are witnessing the Holy Spirit at work as prophesied in Acts 2:17, “And in the last days it shall be, God declares, that I will pour out my Spirit on all flesh, and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams.”God is clearly moving in our youth. In August nine young men gave their lives to Christ and were baptized at Kickoff Sunday. Then, in September, another three youth and two men proclaimed their faith in Jesus and were baptized. Please pray for these new believers to be rooted in faith, grounded in God’s Word, and bold in their witness.
We are beyond excited about The Reunion 40 where the Reunion Church celebrates 40 hours and 4 events of Prayer, Worship, Word, and Spirit. All are welcome to join our Christian community church as we kick off on Friday, Oct. 27th at 6:30 pm with The Reunion 40 “As For Me and My House” Ministry Call-Out. On Saturday, Oct. 28 at 8:30 am, we will gather for The Reunion 40 Prayer Breakfast. Then, at 6:30 pm, we will gather for The Reunion 40 “United” Prayer and Worship Gathering. The Reunion 40 will culminate at our worship gathering on Sunday, Oct. 29th at 10:30 am with “Giving Witness” Prayer and Praise Gathering, and then we will celebrate together at our 5th Sunday meal together after church.
Can you sense the Spirit of God moving? October is going to be filled with faith, joy, and fellowship. Don’t miss a single moment. Let’s love God, teach His Truth, pray for one another, and move forward this October in fellowship, communion, and ministry!
By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out to a place that he was to receive as an inheritance. And he went out, not knowing where he was going. 9 By faith he went to live in the land of promise, as in a foreign land, living in tents with Isaac and Jacob, heirs with him of the same promise. 10 For he was looking forward to the city that has foundations, whose designer and builder is God. 11 By faith Sarah herself received power to conceive, even when she was past the age, since she considered him faithful who had promised. 12 Therefore from one man, and him as good as dead, were born descendants as many as the stars of heaven and as many as the innumerable grains of sand by the seashore.
Abram/Abraham took a “leap of faith” when he gathered up his family and left his people (except Lot) and home to answer God’s call, and his faith shows that initially, he feared God and fully trusted Him enough to follow through on His promises made. His faith however was quickly tested when he arrived in the land of promise and was immediately faced with famine. Not only did Abram feel compelled to leave the land he was promised, but he also foolishly and unfaithfully lied and deceived the Egyptian pharaoh, putting at risk his wife Sarai/Sarah’s life and the promise given to him by God. Abram’s lack of trust and unfaithful behavior in Egypt should encourage us to question not only how much he fully trusted God, but also push us to have spiritually healthy and honest conversations about how Abram’s story can also provide us evidence we need that God remains faithful even when our faithfulness and trust in Him struggles and fails us during some of the most critical and challenging times. Let’s dig a little deeper to see just how Abram got to his place of compromise and fear.
First, let’s look at how unrealistic it is to regard Egypt as a forbidden territory to God’s people at this stage in history when it was soon to be expressly allotted to them as a place of favor and refuge, and that their presence there would not nullify or damage their claim to Canaan. The reality is that Abram had to feel his way forward (verses 8, 9) without a moment-to-moment revelation or personal daily instruction at every step, guided often-times largely by physical and natural circumstances. Secondly, It was a common practice in ancient history for people groups to be nomadic when in the circumstance of providing food, water, and shelter for family and people. In the region of Canaan where famine had hit hard it might well seem a providence or even provisional that Egypt was nearby, plentiful in crops and livestock, watered by the flooding of the Nile. We can see that Abram greatly feared his ability to provide for his family, enough to abandon God’s promise, plan, and purpose.
The fear of Abram’s circumstances overshadowed his ability to be faithful to the promised blessing and favor of God – provision. Some would say “You can’t eat a promise.” But others would say, “Yes, but you can live by faith while being faithful to what God has promised.”
What provision did Abram have available to help him to stay the course, overcome his natural fear, and remain faithful in a faith-defining moment?
The Call of God – leave all behind and go to the place I show you.
The Promise of God – generational blessing and favor.
The Purpose and Place of God – worship and dwelling in Canaan.
When he left his homeland in Haran, Abram was no longer living life under common rules or circumstances. His life was set apart, a life of calling, promise, and purpose – there is nothing common about that. He was called not only to live and walk by faith but to do so in the fear of only God, moving forward in faithfulness and complete trust in the ONE who called him. It is clear that Abram had placed His faith in God. It is also clear that He had not yet learned how to be completely faithful in trusting God during those faith-defining moments. Trusting God for all that He had called him to, and then faithfully walking in all that He had promised to him. Sound familiar? Of course, it does. Here is what we see Abram do in the critical faith-defining moment of famine.
(Verse 10) Abram leaves Canaan for Egypt.
(Verses 11-13) Abram conspires with his wife Sarai to lie to Pharaoh. “Tell him you are my sister.”
(Verses 14-16) Based on a lie, Abram accepted the goodwill and gifts of Pharaoh in exchange for what he thought was Abram’s sister.
(Verses 17-20) Abram keeps silent and continues to hide the truth while Pharaoh endured plagues and hardship for taking Sarai. There is nothing faithful about Abram’s behavior.
What Can We Learn
Could Abram not trust God enough to provide food and provision, even in the land that he had specifically selected for him and his people? All the indications are that Abram did not stop or stay long enough to find out. Instead, he went on his own initiative, taking everything into account but God’s call and promise. His faithless and trustless processes are doubly revealing, both of the duplicitous natural character of this spiritual hero and patriarch and of the sudden transition that can be made from the righteous place of faith to that unrighteous place of fear. Caught in the trap of his deception, Abram found himself unable to refuse his questionable earnings (16), if indeed he wished to, and unable to answer Pharaoh’s stinging rebuke. Yet if this experience lay behind his powerful reply to the king of Sodom in 14:22, then there was something worth salvaging from it.
The crucial importance of the story, however, is its bearing on the promise of land and people. This is the true theme of these chapters, with Abram’s vision under constant challenge. Here, at the first touch of hunger, fear, and opportunity for riches, the vision was lost and the whole enterprise put at risk: it would need plagues to restore Sarai to her destiny (17), and deportation (20) to get Abram back to Canaan.
THE RIGHTEOUS FEAR OF GOD WILL ALWAYS DELIVER US FROM THE UNRIGHTEOUS FEAR OF MEN – BUT AN UNRIGHTEOUS FEAR OF MEN WILL ALWAYS HOLD US CAPTIVE, NEVER ALLOWING US TO FULLY TRUST GOD, THEREBY KEEPING US FROM THE RIGHTEOUS FEAR OF GOD. IN THIS TENUOUS POSITION WE ARE INCAPABLE OF FULLY TRUSTING HIM AND BEING FAITHFUL DURING FAITH-DEFINING MOMENTS OF OUR LIVES.
Our “quantum moment” comes to us as we learn to use the Word of God to manage and regulate the forces of fear that rush in when we resolve ourselves to push back against the evil and the manipulative intimidation of men. The righteous fear of God keeps us covered in grace and not crushed in the disgrace of failing and falling one more time during those critically significant moments of life where faith is more than required – it is our only way through.
God’s Peace to You,
Dr. Stephen Isaac – The Reunion Church
Join our Christian community church as we dig in deep to Scripture, learning about faith, how to grow in faith, and how to step out in faith, responding obediently in the faith tests that God allows in our lives.
NEW EQUIP COURSE
THE GOSPELS IS ONGOING
CLASS START DATE: Sun., Aug. 27, 2023
TEACHER: Pastor Steve Merryman
TEXTBOOK: Jesus and the Gospels by Craig Blomberg
This 16-week course digs deep into the four Gospels to equip students with a more complete understanding of who Jesus is, the historical background of his earthly ministry, and the varied insights gained through the eyes of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. This course is an incredible opportunity for those hungering to know more about Jesus.
CLASS START DATE: Sun., Oct. 22, 2023
TEACHER: Brian Vales, Gary Buckingham
TEXTBOOK: Evangelism: How to Share the Gospel Faithfully
All believers are called to be His witnesses. There is an urgent need for the gospel in today’s fallen world. This insightful course will ignite your passion and equip you to spread the gospel faithfully to those around you. You’ll learn theological principles of sharing the gospel and practical approaches to incorporating outreach into your every day life.
UNLESS OTHERWISE SPECIFIED
Sun. Oct. 1, 1 pm – Reunion 500 Pinewood Derby & Community Lunch
Sat. Oct. 21st, 8:30 am – 12pm – Love Our Schools Community Outreach – Learn More HERE and RSVP to serve!
Sat. Nov. 11th, 6 pm – Thanksgiving Dinner @ Pioneer Community Park
Led by the Spirit: The Reunion 40
40 Hours and 4 Events of Prayer, Worship, Word, and Spirit
October 27 – 29th, 2023
Fri. Oct. 27th, 6:30 pm – “As for Me and My House” Ministry Call-out
Sat. Oct. 28th, 8:30 am – Prayer Breakfast
Sat. Oct. 28th, 6:30 pm – “United” Prayer and Worship Gathering
Sun. Oct. 29th, 10:30 am – Giving Witness Prayer and Praise Gathering
Sun. Oct. 29th, 12 pm – 5th Sunday Community Meal
REGULARLY SCHEDULED EVENTS
10/3, 10/17, 7 PM – ROOTED COLLEGE GROUP, DM @reunionrooted ON INSTAGRAM FOR LOCATION
10/14, 8 AM – EVERYMAN – BREAKFAST @ CHURCH
9 AM – 10 AM
EQUIP ADULT BIBLE CLASSES
MOVEMENT YOUTH GROUP
CHILDREN’S MINISTRY (NURSERY-6TH GRADE)
10 AM – 10:20 AM
GRACE’S CAFE ON THE PLAZA – FRESH BAGELS, MUFFINS, PASTRIES, COFFEE
COMMUNITY WORSHIP GATHERING
CHILDREN’S MINISTRY (NURSERY-6TH GRADE)
WEDNESDAYS – 6:30 PM
CAMPUS COMMUNITY CARE GROUP. THE FALL STUDY FOR ALL CARE GROUPS IS IN 1 TIMOTHY, AND IS TITLED “WISDOM FROM GENERATION TO GENERATION”. LEARN MORE.
MOVEMENT YOUTH GROUP
REUNION KIDS CLUB (NURSERY-6TH GRADE)
OFF-CAMPUS COMMUNITY CARE GROUPS
MEET IN VARIOUS HOMES ON DIFFERENT WEEK NIGHTS AROUND THE VALLEY. CONTACT COMMUNITY CARE FOR MORE INFORMATION.
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