Dear Friends,

Bill Hybels famously said, “Wherever two or more are gathered, there is friction.” Please pray that the bonds of affection will grow within the church and between churches.

Please pray for Messiah. Please pray that the bonds of affection will grow among those who call Messiah their church home.

Please pray for where Messiah gathers in worship on Sunday morning. The Ottawa Little Theatre is a secular organization, not a church. Our bonds of affection will be different, in some ways, with those who make up a secular organization than they will be within a Christian church. The bonds of affection between churches and between Christians is rooted in the koinonia, the spiritual unity, we already have in Jesus Christ. However, the Scripture tells us to live peaceably with all (Romans 12:8). As Christians, we are to seek the true good of our (secular) city and, by implication, secular groups like the OLT. (See Jeremiah 29:7). Finally, Genesis 10 reminds us that there is only one humanity. So, we rent space from the OLT Sunday mornings. Please pray that the bonds of affection will grow between us and all who are part of the OLT.

Please pray for where Messiah shares office and ministry space. We share upstairs with The Canadian Bible Society and Calvary Fellowship. We share the main floor with the C2C church planting network – and with them, as a ministry, with diverse church planters in need of space. It is always easy to have mistrust or competition grow. Please pray that all who come to 315 Lisgar St will have a clear sense that Jesus is present as Saviour and Lord. Please pray that the bonds of affection will grow among the churches and para-church groups that share ministry and office space.

Please pray that the bonds of affection will grow among the gospel-centred churches of Ottawa. No good local church is ever our competition or our enemy. They are our brothers and sisters in Christ. Please pray that the bonds of affection will grow among the gospel-centred churches in Ottawa.

Finally, please pray that the bonds of affection will grow between Messiah and the churches and missionaries far away from Ottawa. We have missionaries serving in Asia and Africa. We are part of a world-wide movement of churches (GAFCON). Beyond our own “confession”, every local gospel church in the world is made up of those who are our brothers and sisters in Christ. We are to have a heart for them. Please pray that the bonds of affection will grow! Please pray for me as you release me and pray for me as I minister in Angola this summer.

 

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