I’VE BEEN A MEMBER OF Calvary Temple Church in Sterling VA FOR OVER 25 YEARS. WE ARE PASSIONATE ABOUT REACHING THE LOST AND ENCOURAGING THE BELIEVERS IN OUR COMMUNITY. WE HAVE MANY Events THROUGHOUT THE YEAR TO SPREAD THE GOSPEL. I HOPE YOU FIND THE FOLLOWING TO BE A BLESSING.
Can a Christmas season ever truly be complete without caroling? I think not! It was strongly on the hearts of one of our men, Mark, to gather a group of carolers so they could share the love of Jesus this year. A number of our families, choir and band members, and Young Adults were able to minister in this manner last Saturday.
“And he said to them, “Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation.” (Mark 16:15, ESV) Bible Gateway
Despite the cold weather, the group met at Mark’s house for brief instructions and received a red or green caroling booklet with the lyrics to Christmas songs.
The carolers headed out as one large group, and broke into small groups of two or three as neighbors wanted to talk.
A highlight of the night was how the Lord ordered their steps to meet another strong believer, a glamorous, godly woman named Jane. After our carolers stopped by her house, a couple Young Adult ladies, Kristy and Lindsay, stayed behind to fellowship with Jane. They learned that Jane was a believer whose husband was an evangelist! They traveled the world sharing the Gospel. Jane took a job at the CIA, and her husband kept traveling to share the Gospel. Unfortunately, he passed away several weeks ago.
My friend, Lindsay, was able to meet with her neighbor, Jane, again today. They fellowshipped for a while, and Jane shared how she used to teach teenagers about the Lord. Lindsay was very encouraged to see Jane’s Bible and an E. M. Bounds book on Prayer in the house. Lindsay was also blessed to see a picture of a family in the Philippines that Jane and her husband used to pray for.
Isn’t it wonderful how the Lord orders our steps? Jane, Lindsay, and Kristy were very encouraged to meet each other. Who knows what good fruit will come from the carolers willingness to go out on a cold night to preach the Gospel?
“Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful. And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.” (Hebrews 10:23-25, ESV) Bible Gateway
Overall, a lot of Gospel seed was sown. Our carolers were able to minister the Gospel to a number of believers in the Sugarland neighborhood. What a blessing to show the love of our wonderful Lord Jesus during this Christmas season!
P.S. I was personally blessed by the willingness of our photographer, who though being extremely busy in directing the props for our church’s annual Christmas Play the following day, still made time to take several photos for my blog. Thank you, Shelly!
About Calvary Temple
Calvary Temple is an independent church which holds to all Assemblies of God tenets of faith. Calvary Temple ministries include Discipleship Training, adult Bible college, media ministry, and an aggressive missions program.
Pastor Star R. Scott is Senior Pastor of Calvary Temple in Sterling, Virginia, where he has ministered since 1973. In addition to the pastoral gift, Pastor Scott functions in the five-fold offices of apostle and prophet. He has planted churches, and currently oversees the pastors and ministries of numerous satellite churches.