May 2015 - Coastlands Community Church

Capture, Communicate, Connect
May 2015
Build Bridges Not Walls
For the Son of Man came to
seek and to save the lost.
Luke 19:10
I grew up in a tight knit
religious community where our
norm was to “build walls” of
safety to keep out the lost who
believed differently than we
did. This way of thinking proposed a significant problem when
it came to obeying the Great Commission and sharing the
Gospel because we were cloistered in our own community with
likeminded people. Our influence was limited to the outside
world. Then I met a few bridge builders and began to see the
importance of building bridges to cross into other cultures.
I have to admit that I still get a bit nervous about building
bridges to people groups that are different than me and who do
not believe in the truth that I see in the Gospel. I have no trouble
crossing bridges that take me to people who believe differently
than I do but there is something about reaching out with a
bridge that makes me feel vulnerable. Perhaps somehow they
will come back over the bridge and infect my side of the bridge
with lies or something. Where is the power of God in this
reasoning?
As our culture challenges the truth every day, I have
made a conscious decision to try building bridges to people
who are very different in their view of the truth and societal
norms. Although you and I may call some of those “norms” sin
because they do not align with the truth of the scripture, it is
important to understand where people are coming from and
then decide how to minister to those you are seeking to
understand.
Church on the Lawn
Sunday, May 24th
10:30am
Join us for our annual
Church on the Lawn service!
Service will be followed by a
potluck picnic!
Please be sure to sign up to bring
something in the lobby!
The church will be providing
hamburgers, hotdogs, and drinks!
For more information contact
Heather Bollinger 757.304.2079
May 2015
Serve The City
June 22nd-26th
To find out how you can
partner and serve contact
Ed Bass
757.619.6176
Monday Evening
June 1st, 8th, 22nd & 29th
7pm –9pm
Fellowship Hall
This is for anyone who is interested
in growing in their leadership abilities!
May 2015
May 2015
Sun
Mon
3
4
Tue
5
Communion
6
Staff
10
11
12
Prayer Cards
17
19
Staff
Missions
25
Church on the
Lawn
Thu
7
Spontaneous
Worship
Fri
Sat
1
2
8
9
EXT Team
NextGen
Training
Conference
13
14
15
16
20
21
22
23
29
30
Staff
18
24
Wed
26
Staff
Spontaneous
Worship
27
Council
28
Foursquare Connect International Convention
31
Family
Sunday
Save the Date ~ June 2015
Save the Date ~ July 2015
June 1st, 8th, 22nd, 29th
Summer Leadership Series
June 21st
Father’s Day
June 15th-21st
Linefork, KY Mission Trip
June 22nd-26th
Serve the City
July 4th
Independence Day
Women’s
Botanical
Garden
Trip
May 2015
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Pastor Durant’s Letter
(continued from front)
How do we love the unlovable on the other side of the
bridge? How do we hold onto our convictions that are based in
scripture and converse with people who are believing things that
are in direct contradiction to the truth between the pages of the
Book?
I certainly do not have all the answers. Matter of fact, I think
I may still have more questions than answers. What I do know is
this, I will not build walls out of fear and I will at least look for opportunities to build bridges with the hopes that the truth of the
Gospel will somehow take root in the hearts of those I meet as we
cross the bridges of connection together.
Building Bridges,
Pastor Durant