“For God so loved the world he gave . . .” John 3:16
We all know the rest of the verse. The miracle of the Christ story is all about the gift of Jesus. But before we get to Jesus, contained in the verse is a key to the nature of God. He GAVE. God breathed on man and he became a living soul. Jesus came that we might find life. God is all about life. Where ever we find God, life flourishes.
Giving is participating in life.
God is not a bystander.
God is not an observer.
God joins in the stories of men. He calls those of us who have found him, who have experienced his life changing gift, to participate in the life he gives.
John 1:4 tells us that Jesus’ life is the light of men. Once we see that light we get to walk in it, and perhaps help others to see it as well. He compels us to shine his light into the dark spaces near us. We begin to share what we have freely received from him with . . . “the world.”
The Gathering is our part of “the world.” We have become something of a cross cultural mission. God has gathered us into a beautiful, eclectic, diverse assortment of Christ-followers. We now have over 40 Congolese refugees that share life with us in our community of faith. We are helping them learn how to make it in the US and they are teaching us about faith, hope and love.
This year, it looks like our gatherers will be expanding into the rest of our current meeting space, and we will begin to implement our Community Center strategy. It is an exciting time for our part of God’s work in our county.
If you would like to participate by giving to what God is doing with The Gathering in Carmel this year, you can donate by following this link :
or by writing a check and mailing it to:
The Gathering in Carmel
434 E. Carmel Dr., Ste 285
Carmel, IN 46033