Be a Community Changer – Out of Business
Key Bible Verse: The Pharisees … complained bitterly to Jesus’ disciples, “Why do you eat and drink with such scum?” –Luke 5:30
Bonus Reading: Acts 19:13-20
Raised in the hard part of Chicago, Harvey Carey managed to graduate with honors from high school and move on to college, where he encountered Jesus.
After his conversion, God called him into pastoral ministry, so he went to seminary in Dallas. While there, the Lord gave Harvey a strong desire to start a church in Detroit. First he married a sweet girl and became a youth pastor in Chicago. Then he headed for Motor City, planting Citadel of Faith Covenant Church in Michigan’s poorest zip code.
On his arrival, Harvey learned about a crack house operating near a park where children played. He made it his personal mission to go there daily, from morning until late evening, hanging out with the drug dealers. Whenever a car pulled up to pick up drugs, he’d start witnessing to the prospective buyers before the dealer could make an offer. Unwilling to hear anything about Jesus, they’d screech away—no sale!
Then Harvey got his church involved, holding prayer meetings in front of the crack house on its busiest nights. It relocated twice. But each time the Citadel family found out and showed back up!
Now that the crack house is no longer in business, the park is safe, the neighborhood kids free of that up-close influence.
—Craig Gross in The Gutter
My Response: What community transformation would I go out on a limb to achieve?
Thought to Apply: Whatever makes a man a good Christian, also makes him a good citizen. —Daniel Webster
Adapted from The Gutter (Relevant, 2005)
Prayer for the Week: Lord, help us believers serve our neighbors in ways that make them thirsty for the Gospel.