Lent 2016 day one almost complete.
I hope you have chosen to join Christians all over the world in taking advantage of this season. Whether you choose to say no to things that have become a distraction in your relationship with God, or if you are one who chose to say yes to a practice that will move you deeper in your relationship, I'm glad you are choosing to grow in the most important relationship in your life - the one with Christ Jesus.
My personal study this Lent will focus on Romans which begins with Paul proclaiming that his very existence is for the one purpose of getting the Good News out. Paul understood very clearly that this one thing was his mission; the sole purpose of his existence was for God's mission. Paul understood that God has been working to make his love known since the beginning of time, and His mission now included Paul.
Well it includes us as well. Right here today in our little town people need to know, and we are here to tell them - There is no other reason for our presence as His church.
Along these lines, I am very excited about Church this week. We are concluding our STARTING POINT series this week (a week late due to the winter weather cancellations) by looking at the 5th purpose for our lives; that we were made for a mission, God's mission.
If you believe God has a purpose to life, then it's reasonable to expect that He has a purpose, a mission for your life. This week we are looking at scripture that reveals that yes He has a mission and He has invited us to be partners with Him. I am amazed by this reality, the Creator of the universe has invited me to join Him in His work. He doesn't stop there though, not only does He invite me to it, but He gives me the resources I need to perform it.
This idea of Evangelism is pretty scary for many Christians. Scary because we don't know how things will work out. We have developed this expectation of success, at home, in our kids, at work, and yes even at church. So, if I share my faith and they don't welcome the conversation, I'll have failed. It's safer to not try than to try and fail...right? What we need to get in our heads is that we don't have to worry about how it will work out; God knows. We don't have to be so concerned with being successful in God's work, but being FAITHFUL to His mission.
6/2014-2/2017 Pastor Gary Priddy