Weekly News from Living Hope – 2/11/18
Reflecting on Living Hope Men’s Retreat 2018 – Reject Passivity
Something incredible happens when men gather together in common pursuit of God. I mean actually coming together to be in each other’s physical presence, occupying the same room, gathering to open God’s Word, to worship, and to sing praises filling the room with deep tenor, baritone, and bass voices – so strong in unison that you literally feel it in your core. The power of God — present, tangible, impactful, motivating. The 2018 Living Hope Men’s Retreat was exactly this kind of experience.
It’s no wonder that the enemy works diligently to keep men from gathering together in common pursuit of God. Using distraction and busyness the enemy keeps men isolated from one another, feeding them shame-fueled lies that build barriers to authentic friendships with other Christian men. In this isolation, men are numbed into apathy, ineffectiveness, and passivity. Combined with the enemy’s current cultural attack on authentic Christ-like masculinity, the result: Men suffer. Families suffer. Communities suffer. Culture suffers.
On Friday, January 26th and Saturday, January 27th, roughly 80 men from Living Hope gathered at The Country Place in Moscow, TN for the 2018 Living Hope Men’s Retreat.
Living Hope Pastor of Preaching & Vision, Gib Gibson and guest speaker Elliot Grudem, founder and President of Leaders Collective, both offered insight from God’s Word into how men slip into the destructive pattern of passivity and outlined key strategies for men to win this battle by rejecting passivity, accepting responsibility and initiating and actively pursuing life-giving connection and friendship with other Christian men.
I had the special experience of participating in this incredible event with my youngest son, Kyle. We came early to help with set up and registration and Kyle jumped right in. It was so good to see my 19 year old son interacting with Living Hope men of all ages who were relating to him as peers — in a way welcoming him into the fraternity of masculine Christian fellowship. It was especially rewarding on our drive back home to Collierville to talk about the experience and to find that we were both impacted by many of the same things that were said or done during the retreat.
More opportunities like this are in the works. Be on the lookout for more information.
1. Small Group Connection: February 18 and 25 at 10:45am at LH:Piperton
2. One Night Membership Intensive: March 22, 6-9pm (sign up at lhmem.ch/membership-night2018)
Year End Contribution Statements
It’s that time of year again! 2017 contribution statements are now available in CCB. To login, you’ll need to go to lhchurch.ccbchurch.com and use your email address as your username. If you are not sure what email address we have on file for you or if you have any trouble logging in, please contact the church office at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 901-313-0007. Once you are logged in, you will need to click on the Financial tab and then click on Giving Statement. It is recommended that you select “Family” from the Type dropdown and select the quick date range of “Last Year” then click Run Report. That’s all there is to it!
Small Group Connection, Feb. 18 & 25
Small Group Connection is a friendly and easy, two Sunday event. You’ll have the opportunity to meet our new small group leaders and others who are looking for a small group. Ultimately you’ll choose which small group you want to connect with and join as a community on mission. We hope you’ll plan to join us for our Connection on Sunday, February 18 and 25 at 10:45am in The Hub room just across from the Worship Center.
This year marks the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King here in Memphis. The Gospel Coalition and the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission are hosting a special event in Memphis, April 3-4 to provide an opportunity to reflect on the state of racial unity in the church and the culture. Key speakers include Matt Chandler, Jackie Hill Perry, Eric Mason, Russell Moore, John Piper, John Perkins, and many others. Get more information at mlk50conference.com; sign up at the Mission Workshop or email Greg Jackson (email@example.com) if interested so that we can get a group rate, experience the event together, and discuss the implications for us personally and for Living Hope. There is also an opportunity to host some friends from out town in our homes for the two-day event.
Engage Global 2018
Are you ready to join God’s global mission in 2018? Grab a flyer at the Mission Workshop today or click on Engage Global on the front page of the website (lhchurch.com) for info about this year’s mission trips. Please prayerfully considering joining a trip; fill out a form at the Mission Workshop or email firstname.lastname@example.org if interested.