The theme for this retreat is “All In” based upon Philippians 3:7-9, “But whatever was to my profit I now consider loss for the sake of Christ. What is more, I consider everything a loss compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them rubbish, that I may gain Christ.”
For the first night I talked about our identity in Christ as being a foundational aspect of being able to be “all in” for Christ. Then this morning I addressed the importance of worship in learning and knowing God more.
The response of the people has been great so far. There really is a hunger to experience God.
It has also been encouraging to meet people from my past. There have been several people who mentioned that they saw me during my college days when I served in the praise band, Alpha Omega and also during my youth group pastoral days here in Chicago. Now some of these guys are in the ministry and helping out with various youth groups.
I had the opportunity to meet a Ghanaian who is a pastor at a Korean English Ministry. It is awesome to think that God is raising up people from the continent of Africa to minister to people here in the United States. We had a good discussion on the whole transformasphere movement and how is using various avenues to bring the redemptive message of God’s Kingdom to various nations.
You know it is a God-thing when there are people that you have never met before and they are talking about the same things.
Francis, the Ghanaian pastor working in a Korean church here in Chicago