What does is look like to live as those made alive in Christ in these days. Particularly around the issue of Covid-19. How do we handle vaccination and non-vaccination? How are we to be as the church when we don’t all agree? Paul tells us to set our hearts on things above, not on earthly things. He tells us to let the peace of Christ rule in our hearts. The Greek word translated “rule” is an interesting word that will help us understand how to “be” in the church. This can be a touchy subject, but I hope you will come at 9:30 or 11:00AM. I believe you will be blessed and leave in peace.
All that we have been learning boils down to this, “Abiding in the Vine” but being missional challenges our traditional understanding of what it means to Abide. There is pain when we fail to abide and there is even pain when we abide well. However, if we choose not to abide in the vine intentionally or unintentionally there is a default future that we can’t avoid. Instead, lets learn to deal with the pain of pruning and find our way forward following Jesus.
God’s Mission needs Mission Partners—People who are all-in and following Jesus wherever He goes even if the road He travels is difficult and hard to accept. Our scripture text for Sunday shares one of those hard teachings of Jesus and how many of His fair-weather disciples, on hearing this teaching, turned away and no longer followed Him. Many fair-weather cultural Christians are turning away from God’s mission today because it’s becoming too hard. Jesus wants Mission Partners who will work with Him and for God’s mission in this broken world that He loves.
The word missional has been thrown around a lot in the last several years. It’s a word that conjures up a lot of different ideas for people. In fact, there are many misconceptions about what being missional is all about. This week we are going to delve into a few of the most common Missional Misconceptions. The first one being, “Missional is for the Apostles, Prophets and Pastors-You know, the Super Disciples.” Join us Sunday at 9:30 or 11:00AM or choose our live stream at 9:30AM only.
There has been a lot of talk in the last year about being “Woke” in a social and political sense. Don’t worry, we aren’t going to talk about that, but we are going to talk about a “Woke” of a different kind. The church needs to wake up to the fact that “we aren’t in Kansas anymore”, oops, that’s a different story too. I meant to say, “We aren’t in Christendom anymore.” That means our culture doesn’t see the Christian message as plausible or even attractive anymore. In other words, the Gospel isn’t perceived as Good News any longer by many who live and work around us. So, what’s the church to do? Join us this Sunday at 9:30 and 11:00AM as we talk about the Apostle Paul’s missional engagement of his, similar, cultural milieu.
You’ve heard that old dilemma question, “Which came first, the chicken or the egg?”, right? Well, have you ever asked that same question about the church and mission? Which came first, the church or the mission? Dick Wiendenhef answers like this, “God doesn’t have a mission for His Church, God has a Church for His Mission.” What is that mission and when did it originate. Join us Sunday at 9:30 and 11:00AM as we explore God’s Mission and how it moves through the entire arc of scripture. Learn a handful of words that will help you share God’s mission with others and how we all fit into His Big Story.
Join us on Sunday at 9:30 or 11:00AM in person or online as we worship God and share our answers to prayer. We welcome Rev. Dr. Barbara Yandel to our pulpit as one of our Missionaries to the Muslim World. Dr. Yandel founded her ministry “Hope for the Nations” 20 years ago and has been actively teaching and training believers in the skill of engaging the Muslim people, both here and abroad, in discussions about Jesus. Her message is entitled “We Are the Church” from Matthew 16:13-28. Dr. Yandel has been with us before and will be sure to capture your attention with her enthusiastic teaching on our call to stand against the powers of evil.
Pastor Mark shares his journey of understanding and engaging God’s mission in his life and in the World. From inviting friends to church, to sharing the Good News of Jesus’ with many along the way—including his missteps. We are all on mission with God if we are believers in Jesus, but we are all at different places in the journey. What’s the next step for you?
Re-Engage the Mission of God
Do you know the story of Nehemiah? He was the cupbearer for the Persian King. He was also a Jewish man who had been part of the exiled Israelite nation. That’s exactly where he would have remained, had he not taken initiative. He responded to some terrible news from Jerusalem by praying and then acting, trusting that God was with him. Will we join God in His mission by taking initiative just like Nehemiah?
This Labor Day Weekend we Praise God together because He has done great things for us!! Imagine standing on the edge of the Red Sea after the parted waters closed. Looking up the shore and down and realizing that not one of your people is lost, everyone is present and accounted for, not one has perished. What’s more, your enemies are gone, destroyed, defeated with nary a sword lifted. What would you do? Cry? Hoot and holler? How about Sing? That’s what Israel did, they sang, praises to God!! Let’s come together and Praise God with Singing this Sunday.