Monday, December 27, 2010

Opportunities for Gospel outreach

Today, we went down to Mallory Square to invite some of the performers to our Open Casa Night at the chapel. It was a cold and blustery day (as cold is measured in Key West) and there were not many out for the Sunset Celebration.

However, the Carnival cruise ship "Freedom" was in port with its load of thousands walking all over town to shop, take in the local culture, and enjoy the local restaurants. I am reminded again today that we have endless possibilities when it comes to proclaiming the Gospel message.

We have many local folks who need to hear the message of eternal life through faith in Jesus Christ. We also are blessed with literally thousands of new tourists almost every day of the year. It has been said that Mark will preach the Gospel to a wall if you give him the chance, and we now have proof. The "lady" pictured below that Mark is talking to, and handing Gospel literature to, is actually a statue.

Though we are a pretty small group gathered to worship here at Key West Gospel Chapel, there are many local Christians with whom we have fellowship, pray, and encourage one another in the work of the Lord. This is part of our vision for the church in Key West at large, to see Christians working together to reach the lost, to truly love one another, and so glorify God in all we do and say. We have seen far too many places where churches won't recognize one another as brothers and sisters in Christ, but God's Word tells us that there is no division among the body of Christ, as Christ is not divided.

Bill Welzien preaching at Mallory Square
As we learn more about our new home city, we look forward to the full picture of what God planned for the church to be, a beacon of light and truth in a dark place. We want to be a true representation of the love of Jesus Christ, and we seek to break down any man-made barriers to true fellowship in the Lord's work. There are differences, and some things that we will not agree on, nevertheless, we must speak the truth in love for the purpose of edification of all other Christians, whether we gather in the same building to worship or not.

We would appreciate prayer for the Lord's wisdom in all these things, and welcome your thoughts as we labor together to reach Key West with the message of repentance toward God and the promise of eternal life for all those that will trust in the finished work of salvation that was accomplished on the cross of Calvary.

Grace and peace to you in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ,
Mark Cowperthwaite

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