Yesterday, I told you I would share one of the things God stirred me up to think about concerning our shared ministry at Laurel Hill. One of the things that served as a prompt was the 11th Annual Choir and Music Festival that we will be a part of this weekend at Bupyeong Methodist Church. The other catalyst to these thoughts is the expected recording of Hymned in by Grace in December and the music we will produce and release in 2015. Churches everywhere consider it a ministry to provide a special music program and invite people to come and share in it. What if, instead of inviting someone to have to come to a particular place at a specific time, we could have that special music program be presented where that person was and as many times as they wanted to experience it, they could?
What if once or twice each year, we offered musical experiences on a CD for anyone to enjoy? What if through that experience they could learn how to share their testimony and witness of faith? What if they could better learn to pray, intercede, or express their praise to God? What if they could learn the steps to know the Lord and grow into His ways? What if they could better celebrate the Lord’s salvation? The incarnation? The passion of Jesus? The power of the Holy Spirit? Experience God’s peace? Or, better know the songs of faith?
The Apostle Paul twice tells us in both the letter to the Ephesians and to the Colossians that this ‘what if’ should be a normal occurrence in the pursuit of a holy life. Laurel Hill can be a storehouse out of which treasures of the gospel are drawn and distributed. Let us pray about how we will fulfill the scripture: “Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. Let the word of God dwell in you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom, and as you sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God. And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.”