To participate in mission is to participate in the movement of God’s love toward people, since God is a fountain of sending love. David J. Bosch As we continue to reflect on mission this Lent, consider this quote from missiologist and theologian David Bosch. He reminds us that mission begins with God as a movement of love, specifically the divine sending love towards humans. Let’s explore this for just a few moments. God’s love is understood by Christians in a specific way. It’s not just an abstract love. Instead, it is a......
“I was hungry and you fed me, I was thirsty and you gave me a drink, I was homeless and you gave me a room, I was shivering and you gave me clothes, I was sick and you stopped to visit, I was in prison and you came to me.” On Sunday, Pastor Jason challenged us to see this Lenten season as an opportunity. During this season of self-reflection and repentance we are asking you to consider Jesus’ words in Matthew 25. We encounter people everyday that are hungry, thirsty, homeless, and......
Technically, I am on day 19 on the reading plan (Matthew 22). We are moving right along. Just a few more days in the gospel of Matthew. But today, I want to reflect on words from Matthew 20 that spoke loudly to me when I read it this time. In Matthew 20:20, Jesus is approached by the mother of James and John. She asks him to make a special spot on each side of him for her sons in his kingdom. Jesus tells her that isn’t really his responsibility. And then the......
We serve God by serving others. Sounds simple, but in practice it’s more complicated. Just ask Joshua. Joshua understood the difficulty of serving God. And at the end of then book which bears his name in the Hebrew Bible, Joshua tries to explain the difficulty to the people of Israel. The story goes like this: Joshua: You should serve God, but if you can’t don’t make the commitment. Ok, now choose…who will you serve? As for my family , we will serve God. People: We will serve God! Joshua: No, you won’t.......
If you missed Sunday’s Sermon Read or listen to Freedom – Rescued To Be A Rescuer (Freeway, Week 7) Devotion 3 Take a moment and look at your hand. Now focus on what your hand can do to help and serve others! List the types of people who would be helped by knowing your story and what you learned during tough times. __________________________________ __________________________________ __________________________________ __________________________________ Name some of your friends who need FREEDOM just like you. __________________________________ __________________________________ __________________________________ __________________________________ Our wounded heart and our deepest pain is always the starting......
Our mission is to… serve Christ through mutually supporting one another & embodying God’s grace and love for all We envision… a diverse church led by Christ to open its doors in love and service to all This coming Sunday, we will have a church-wide conference meeting directly after worship to vote on several items. Among those items is a final vote on our proposed Mission & Vision Statements. As we prepare for that vote on Sunday, I wanted to share a few thoughts on these statements. Our Mission is to… serve Christ......