Sunday, July 16, 2017

LEFC Geocache Letter

Today at our Family Bible Week Finale, the skit was about a geocaching family who discovered a cache hidden on our campus. Inside the container was a letter from me which they read as part of the drama.

And then during the Finale Picnic, we had a presentation on geocaching by a real-life couple who do geocaching as a hobby. They told us about their experiences and then led groups of students around our campus finding small items they had temporarily hidden for them to find using a GPS.

And then we hid a bona-fide long-term geocache on our campus for hobbiests to find. And we put a copy of the letter in it. It will be neat to hear if people find it. I'll be praying for folks who are on the hunt.

Here's what the letter says:

Dear Explorer,

Congratulations! You found our stashed cache at Lanse Evangelical Free Church!

I hope it was a fun challenge for you to find it. We’re glad you’re here on our campus.

Did you know that God is also Someone who hunts for hidden items? Sometime when you have a chance, read the Gospel of Luke chapter 15 where Jesus tells 3 stories about desperate searches. Each search (for a lost sheep, a lost coin, and two lost sons) reveals to us a picture of the heart of God.

God is on the hunt for people like you and me who have lost their way in life (the Bible calls that “sin,” read Romans 3:23, 5:8, & 6:23 to learn more).

And when those lost people get found, there is a big party. Jesus says about one of those celebrations, “In the same way, I tell you, there is rejoicing in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents” (Luke 15:10).

Here’s how we get found: We find Jesus Christ as our biggest treasure in life.

Jesus is God’s own Son who lived a perfect life, died on a cross to pay for our sin, and then came back to life to give us life (read John 3:16 to find out more). A Person like that deserves all of our trust and worship! 

Have you trusted Jesus as your King and Rescuer? He invites you to seek Him today. 

That’s what our church is all about–helping people to find Jesus Christ as their greatest treasure. We’d love it if we could help you move one step closer to Him.

The coordinates are in the Bible. Navigate to Romans 10:9-10!

In His Grip,

Pastor Matt Mitchell