11024 S. Bell Avenue
Chicago, IL 60643
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A Message from Pastor Joel:
Greetings Morgan Park Baptist Church Family!
I pray that you have had a fun and relaxing summer and you and your families are doing well.
As you know, this summer we have experienced a lot of challenges as we continue to deal with the COVID19 and in addition to that we’re dealing with extreme violence that is erupting all over our city. Just two weeks ago we witnessed the shooting death of Chicago Police Officer Ella French, who was brutally killed while conducting what should have been a routine traffic stop on 63rd and Bell.
Not only that, then a few days later a school teacher was killed when she was caught up in the cross fire of people shooting on the Dan Ryan Expressway. State Authorities report that there have been over 150 shootings on the Dan Ryan Expressway this year alone.
And then we were all heartbroken when we received the news of the earthquake that took place in Haiti. Haiti has undergone so much this year, with the execution of their president, then the devastating earthquake it’s enough to just make you want to holler and throw up both of your hands and say I give. I surrender.
Now, I get it some may say Rev. why do you spend so much time talking about these things. These things don’t impact Morgan Park. Well I discuss these things because they are closer to us than we think. Officer French was killed less than five miles away, the teacher was killed on a major expressway that either we or people we love travel every day, we have church members with family in Haiti, it all touches our lives or has the ability to touch our lives in an instant.
That’s why I spend so much time talking about these issues because Peace with Justice for the inner city appears to be one of the central focuses of the church as we continue to move forward into the 21st century. As the body of Christ, we can’t be satisfied with business as usual. As the church, we must be concerned with the welfare and well-being of the least of them. For Jesus said whatsoever you do to the least of them you have done it to me.
So, what do we do? Where do we begin? How do we get started? I’m glad you asked. I believe we start by sharing the love of Christ with our community.
Let’s look at a few principles that describe His amazing affection for people.
1. God’s love is intrinsic to His nature
2. God’s love is universal. He has compassion on both believers and unbelievers.
3. God’s love is unconditional. Unlike earthly affection, His love doesn’t fluctuate. The Father doesn’t care for us more when we have pleased Him or less when we have failed or sinned.
4. God’s love is sacrificial. Jesus Christ surrendered His life on the cross so that we might have eternal life and enjoy fellowship with God while we are still living on earth. Jesus’ motivation was love for mankind.
5. God’s love is contagious. When we walk in close fellowship with Christ, God’s love flows through us to those around us. The Holy Spirit fills us so we can extend unconditional love to others (Rom. 5:5).
6. God’s love is motivating. When we learn to set our minds on God’s affection, we have a greater ability to overcome sin. Instead of indulging fleshly desires, we allow His Spirit to guide us (Rom. 8:5).
Prayer: Father, thank You for the amazing love You extend to me. Forgive me for not believing the truth about who You are. I pray for a life-transforming revelation of Your affection for me so that I might relate to You and others in a fresh way. Amen.
– Rev. Dr. Joel Mitchell
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Rev. Dr. Joel Mitchell, Pastor