February 25-March 5, 2023
“Behold, I have set before you an open door, which no one is able to shut” was the promise our Lord made to the Church in Philadelphia in those closing years of the 1st century. In these years of the 21st century, the “Lord of the Open Door” is still providing gospel opportunities to His people that no power on earth or above the earth is able to close. Our Savior has promised to all churches that have “little strength,” “have kept My word,” and “not denied My name” that the door of gospel opportunity will remain open for them. For us at West Park, the open door for gospel outreach has never been wider or closer. With our ever-shrinking planet through worldwide travel and communications, a wide global door is open to us. Also, with the ever-increasing international diversity within our community, never has the open door to the nations been closer. Yet, the initiative to walk through these open doors internationally and locally rests upon us collectively and individually. The theme and focus of our Global Missions Conference, “Open Doors,” is to inform and inspire us to an “Open Door Initiative.” That initiative begins with sincere prayer that the Lord will open wide our eyes, our hearts, our gatherings, our homes, and our resources to walk through the open doors of the gospel around the corner and around the world. The doors are open now… may we in love and faith walk through them.
Schedule of Events
Saturday, February 25
8:00AM – GYM
A men’s breakfast will be hosted at 8:00am on February 25, in the gym. Following a robust breakfast, we will hear about living life on mission as a man of God.
Sunday, February 26
OPEN DOORS IN THE CARIBBEAN
10:30AM – AUDITORIUM
DEVON LINTON, RHYNE PARK CHRISTIAN CHURCH
Our combined worship service will feature Devon Linton. Come hear from Devon as we officially kick off our week of learning about the Open Initiative in the Caribbean and how he shares the Gospel through “Open Doors.”
Tuesday, February 28
11:30AM – THE GYM
Come join us for a special S.A.L.T. Senior Adult Luncheon on February 28 at 11:30am in the gym. Our special Global Conference guest will be Devon Linton from the Caribbean. The cost is $7 and guests are free.
Wednesday, March 1
OPEN DOORS IN OUR COMMUNITY
6:30PM – THE HUB
We’ll kick the evening off with our Student Ministry worship band and then hear from Greg and Suzanne Pitts as they talk about how they share the Gospel through “Open Doors” in our community. This evening will encourage you with different ways to do the same! Parents of AWANA children: Your children will attend AWANA at 6:30PM as usual.
“PASSPORT TO THE WORLD”
6:30PM – AWANA CLUBS
Our Awana kids will have the opportunity to learn about different cultures as they “travel” through the world. They will visit different booths to learn about the culture and fun facts about each country as well as ways to pray. Clubbers will even taste local cuisine and get a stamp in their passports as they learn what God is doing all over the world. Guest speaker Patricia Linton will open the world of missions to our kids. What a great night it will be!
Sunday, March 5
OPEN DOORS AROUND THE WORLD
10:30AM – AUDITORIUM
ANDREW CAUDILL, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, LIVE GLOBAL
On this final day of our global conference, Andrew Caudill gives special insight regarding ways the Gospel is moving around the world through “Open Doors.” Remember to join us in the Auditorium for this combined service.
OPEN DOORS DINNER
5:00PM – THE GYM
“An Open Door Invitation”
Make your reservations now to be part of the “family meal” which will conclude our Global Conference on Sunday evening, March 5, starting at 5:00pm in the gym. Along with enjoying great food and fellowship, we will be inspired and challenged regarding the “Open Doors” of opportunity for gospel witness the Lord is giving us as a church and as individuals around the world, in the Knoxville area, and in our neighborhoods. Seating for this Family Gathering is limited, so make your reservations by February 26.