Our Mission (04.27.14)

Our Mission – Acts 1-2

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What’s next?

It’s just two words, but they can be frightening if you don’t have a good answer. Graduating high school. In a serious relationship. A few years into your career. People want to know, “What’s next?”

In Acts 1 Jesus’ disciples ask Him “what’s next?” and in answering Jesus gives them a mission that become their “next” and our “right now.”

Jesus invites us into our mission: Proclaim the Gospel to all by the power of the Holy Spirit.

Thoughts:  It’s not uncommon to hear people talk about the Spirit being a Spirit of power, but often we fail to remember what the Spirit empowers us to do. His primary work of empowerment is for the purpose of proclaiming Jesus crucified and risen from the dead so that people will repent and believe.

Pentecost was a unique working of the Spirit to convey the message that would speak to his normal work. To give a promise that is for all people, all whom God calls; and when they repent and believe; the Spirit is now theirs as well.

So the next time you are asked the question, “What’s next?” Take a deep breath. Respond with gentleness, respond with respect, but take the opportunity to let them know: This is what’s next. This is the plan. This is my five year plan and my ten year plan. This is what God wants me to be part of. This is what is right now. To proclaim the Gospel to all by the power of the Holy Spirit.

Scripture: :  But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth. – Acts 1:8

And Peter said to them, “Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. For the promise is for you and for your children and for all who are far off, everyone whom the Lord our God calls to himself.” – Acts 2:38-39

Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain. – 1 Corinthians 15:58

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Because He Lives! (04.20.14)

Because He Lives!

Easter Sunday

Movie makers are willing to change true stories to make more believable or inspiring films, but what happens when people take away the physical resurrection of Jesus in order to make Christianity more believable?

We lose Christianity.

Sunday night, Easter Sunday, we looked at 5 primary implications of Jesus’ resurrection and how we wouldn’t have anything of value without it:

1) Because He lives Jesus is exalted & God is glorified.
2) Because He lives your forgiveness is sure and secure.
3) Because He lives Jesus works on your behalf.
4) Because He lives you will be raised too.
5) Because He lives you can believe.

Thoughts:  Jesus’ love isn’t grounded in my value, my love-ability or innate worth; Jesus’ love for us is grounded in his desire to bring glory to the Father.

If it is by Jesus’s death, if it is by his own blood that he signs the check and pays the bill then it is his resurrection that confirms that his check was good. Jesus’ resurrection from the dead is the receipt that confirms God accepted his payment as full and complete.

The claim of Jesus’ death on the cross and resurrection from the dead is Christianity’s most ostentatious claim. It is wild. It is odd. And yet, the thing which sounds most ludicrous (the message of the Resurrection) is also what gives me the most confidence for believing it to be true.

Scripture: And if Christ has not been raised, our preaching is useless and so is your faith. – 1 Corinthians 15:14

He was delivered over to death for our sins and was raised to life for our justification. – Romans 4:25

Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain. – 1 Corinthians 15:58

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