For the Month of
by Pastor Bill
August 6, 2017
Devotion #1 General Assembly
For the next several weeks I will be giving reports/devotionals from our Nazarene General Assembly 2017. I am starting with the message of Thursday night the 23rd of June, 2017.
The speaker that night was our General Superintendent Dr. Gustavo Crocker. Dr. Crocker was elected to be a General Superintendent in the 2013 General Assembly. He had served as a Regional Director of Eurasia Church of the Nazarene since 2004. He is from Guatemala. He is married to Rachel and has two grown daughters Raquel and Beth. His picture is below.
Earlier in the service that night June 22, Phillip Weatherill reported that 300 people come to Christ everyday in the Church of the Nazarene worldwide, Wow! As traditional there was a march of flags representing the Nations the Church of the Nazarene is in, 162 world areas!
Dr. Crocker introduced the theme of G A “One Body” 1 Corinthians 12:12-26. He had individuals from the six regional areas read a portion of the scripture. Those six regional areas are Africa, Asia-Pacific, Eurasia, Mesoamerica, South America and USA/Canada. He emphasized “One Body”. The Daily Summary records him saying, the Church is the embodiment of Jesus and Jesus’ unity with the Father… In the Church there is “unity in diversity” and in this diversity we find beauty and strength. Dr. Crocker also emphasized the value of local congregations who have consistently given to strengthen the mission and the value of every member. Some give of their financial means, some give time and some other means of sacrifice to strengthen the body of Christ.
He highlighted the importance of being a consistently loving and connected body as the Church. I love this quote “The Church is a body that is concerned about the last, the least and the lost.” Here was another great quote “A global church suffers with those who suffer and rejoices with those who rejoice. We are one.” Dr. Crocker repeated the “Ubuntu” philosophy of the African peoples: “We are; therefore, I am.” The service closed that night with an invitation to everyone to find someone from a different culture and generation, to pray together. Dr. Crocker prayed “This is your Church, Father…Bring down every barrier that is between us.”
I wish we could of made it to the service that night, The information I gathered came from the Friday the 23rd Daily Summary. I am thrilled to be a part of a Church that lives in the Great Commission that Jesus gave to us in Matthew 28:19-20 and that lives in Acts 1:8.
I always enjoy going by the booths at G A for other world areas and listening to the different types of music. This year I stopped by the African Booth and listen to a group from Africa. I will try to attach it.
Enjoy your day today and be thankful for the body Christ has made. We are one!
God Bless You,