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Our Vision and Mission at Mt. Oak – Bringing Folks In

Our Vision and Mission at Mt. Oak

The Problem: Families are under attack.

The Solution: Reaching the whole family for Christ

The Process: Bring in, Build up, Send out

The Win: A changed life or family for Christ

Over the next few weeks (January 9 – 16 – 23) we will preach messages that are centered on the vision and mission of our church.  Last Sunday we preached about bringing people into environments where they can encounter Christ.  This coming week we will center our thoughts on the second part of the process – namely building people up in their knowledge and understanding of Christ.  To see a listing of future sermons and Scriptures – and to listen to past sermons – click this link http://wwww.mtoak.org/media/mo-sermons.

Today we want to look at the first part of the process – namely bringing people into environments where they can encounter Christ.  The sermon Sunday was centered on this subject.  We talked about being the salt of the earththe light of the world.

Matthew 5:13-16 – 13 “You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled by men. 14 “You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.

Bringing people into environments where they can encounter Christ is more than merely inviting someone to church.  It is about our witness (the light) that we show others each day and our intentional efforts (the salt) to flavor their lives with Christ.  In worship – we took the time during the sermon to introduce ourselves to others and then we introduced those we met (a few did this).  It opened our eyes to the need to be constantly reaching out to others.  Even some long-term attendees met each other last Sunday – as well as some new folks.  It was a great moment and something we will find a way to continue.

How can you be the salt and light of Christ?  How can your church help you to be the salt and light of Christ?   We thought of some ways in the message and encouraged you to write some ways in your sermon notes.  How about sharing some ideas with us on this blog?

A number of comments have been posted to our E-News under the Encouragement Corner this week. Check them out when the January 13th E-News is posted – http://wwww.mtoak.org/media/e-news.

Just something to think about today as you go on your way.

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January 12, 2011 - Posted by | Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, From the Pastor, Leadership, Theology, Vision | , , ,

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