Summary: #3 in a series. God is pouring out a whole new level of city-wide cooperation amongst churches and church leaders. Prayer-Care-Share is a concentrated effort focusing on "Building Bridges to our Community"...loving our communities to Christ.
Here in Cedar Rapids, 30-plus churches are uniting together under ONE CAUSE, ONE PURPOSE.
Cedar Rapids has become a pilot-city with Mission America to see what might happen if a number of churches actually work together to fulfill Jesus’ GREAT COMMISSION and Jesus’ GREAT COMMANDMENT in Linn County.
TODAY, in all these churches you see listed (plus many more) we are choosing as pastors to pull our ministries together for ONE specific purpose of:
PRAYER. CARE. SHARE. Building Bridges in Linn County. Loving our Community to Christ.
God’s up to something really big, folks!!!
Today...over 30 churches in Cedar Rapids area
are celebrating BOOKMARK SUNDAY
Yes, it’s SUPER BOWL SUNDAY....but this could SUPER SAINT SUNDAY!
10,000 Christians picking 3-5 names to begin a PRAYER CARE SHARE covenant with God. Asking God to SAVE, DELIVER, bring MAJOR GOD ACTIVITY in these lives over the next 3 months.
You do the math. That’s 30,000 to 50,000 people! Being prayed for by 10,000 people! Do you think something just might happen??
But to see PRAYER CARE SHARE have a true impact...WE NEED YOU to STEP IN & PARTICIPATE...not as a program...but with your heart & faith.
WHO DO WE PRAY FOR? WHO does God want you to pick for your 3-5 names on your PCS BOOKMARK?
Here’s some critera...Who in your circle of influence..
Who needs Jesus?
Who needs more of Jesus?
Who would you like to see sitting with you here on Easter Morning?
Who would you like to see experience major God activity in their lives over the next 3 months?
Who would you like to see taking communion with you in three months?
My story of my five names. My struggle.
It’s hard to get my list…I work with Christians,,,my family is full of Christians…My life & circle of influence is already full. Oh God…if you’re serious about this…I’m in trouble. Who do I pray for? Oh God!
2 Family members
So…assuming you’ve picked your 3-5 names…what now?
As Sandy shared last week…
PRAY BIG! PRAY BIG PRAYERS
We’ll Marty, I don’t know HOW to pray. My best prayer is God BLESS that person. God save them.
That’s OK...especially if it’s from the heart. Particularly if it’s from the heart.
Go to God’s Word...pick put prayers that work for you. Pray the Psalms. Pray the Proverbs.
or..try praying Paul’s PRAYERS.
Ephesians 3: 14-21
For this reason I kneel before the Father, from whom his whole family in heaven and on earth derives its name. I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.
Wow…A HOT PRAYER for ANY & ALL on your BOOKMARK! Saved & unsaved!
OK...It’s time to DO IT!
Take out your PCS Bookmarks.
Take out your pen.
Let’s write down our 3-5 names.
Now…let’s PRAY BIG PRAYERS over these names…
Ephesians 3: 16
Strengthen ___(fill in name)________ with power through God’s Spirit in his/her inner being!
Ephesians 3: 17a
May Christ dwell in _________’s heart through faith!
Ephesians 3: 17b
May _________ be rooted and established in God’s love!
Ephesians 3: 18
May ________ have power to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ!
Ephesians 3: 19
May _________ know Christ’s love and be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God!
Now, in closing Let’s READ TOGETHER!!!
Ephesians 3: 20-21
Now to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us, to Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.
Bring your bookmarks with you weekly to church!! Don’t forget! Every week in February...we will PRAY TOGETHER over our bookmarks during our time together! On Sunday, March 5th...we GO TO THE WALL...taking our names to the PRAYER WALL...writing our names on the wall!
30-50,000 names throughout the city being brought together for MAJOR GOD ACTIVITY over the next 3 months.