Story Saturday- Celebration

Dear Christ Church,

What a wonderful opportunity many of us had at the Celebration Conference this past week.  It truly was a highlight of the year so far for me and I am hoping to use whatever influence I have within our family of churches to make sure that we do this again soon.  For those of you who weren’t able to make it, Celebration was a gathering of all the Sovereign Grace Churches in the Northeast Region. There were 13 different churches represented and over 1,000 people in attendance.  We heard 5 outstanding sermons:  The Church’s Priest and King (A Reciting of the Letter to the Hebrews), A Holy Church, The Gospel and the Church, The Triumphant Church and the Enduring Church.  You can find all these sermons online at https://www.celebrationnortheast.org/messages.

By God’s grace there are many different conferences that we can go to and hear tremendous preaching and powerful music.  However, what made Celebration unique and special was that it was with our extended family.  There is something unique about people coming together who share a common DNA in our theology and values.  It was great to meet old friends, make new friends and hear reports about God’s work all over the Northeast and the world.  There was the church in Reading that is planting a church in Croatia.  The church in Glen Mills that started a orphan care organization that is now in Uganda, Zambia and Ethiopa.  I got to catch up with a friend of mine whose daughter just got married.  What was remarkable about the story was that 5 years ago she didn’t know her future husband, she wasn’t even in a relationship, but she felt God leading her to start praying for the salvation of her future husband.  That very same week (there is a journal entry to prove it!)  God sent a missionary into a jail cell in Bucks County to share about Jesus with a young man who had recently been shot and also arrested during a drug deal.  That young man accepted Christ, was released a few months later and become a devote follower of Jesus.  He started going to my friend’s church and after a few years of clean living, he started dating this girl and they were married 2 years later.  They have now started a recovery ministry at my friend’s church and they are seeing many people be freed from addiction through putting their faith in Jesus.  I could go on and on with stories.  However, my favorite part was being able to gather together at the end of the conference with most of the people who went from Christ Church and share how God had been meeting us over the past few days.  It brings me so much joy to see God at work in each one of your lives!

May the seeds that were sown through this conference bear much fruit in our church for the glory of God!

Grace and peace,

Pastor Jeff

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