Dear NEO Family, Do you ever wonder if church attendance matters? We can worship God anywhere, after all. Why don’t we just go to the park and listen to a podcast to be fed spiritually? I hope you will read the words of my friend, Pastor Shane Ash, below: “Church attendance matters. And not for the growth of the organization itself, but more importantly, for the formation of the people. Why? Church is participation. It is our submission to the body of Christ. It is part of our salvation…transforming us from the idolatry of self into worshipers of God. Church is formation. It is an identity. It is practice. It is a dress rehearsal of how to be Christian. As we partake in sacrament, we are accepting the grace of God. As we sing praise, we are aligning our minds and bodies in worship. As we listen to the......
Dear NEO Family, When the Royals won the World Series 19 months ago, I did not have to go to a training event on how to share about their crushing victory over the New York Mets. You couldn’t shut me up. I had a story to tell. In his book, Gospel Fluency, Jeff Vanderstelt says it is natural to talk about what we love and what affects us. It comes from the overflow of the heart: “When you come to know and experience the love God has for us in Jesus; when you realize that God loved us so much that he was willing to suffer and die for our sins, even though we were his enemies; when you meet Jesus and experience him pouring out his Spirit into your heart, filling you with himself and his love, you can’t contain it. You have to talk about it.” (p.......