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The Mission of the Church

Luke 5:32

I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.

RayMcDHave we ever been in need? Needed help with something in our lives? Needed help getting something moved at home – larger than we were able to move ourselves? Needed some help getting a job? Needed help getting into a certain school? Have we ever been in need? Hopefully someone came along and helped us in our need. If not – often that need went unfulfilled – unaccomplished.

Jesus came to help us in our need – our sin need. Jesus came to save the lost. Jesus came to pay the price of our sins – something we could never do alone. Jesus didn’t come for the righteous – the perfect (as if there are any). In Jesus’ day some religious people thought they had it all together and that they didn’t need Jesus or anyone. I hope and pray none of us today have this self-image. I hope and pray that we all know we are sinners saved by grace.

Here is today’s passage in partial context. Luke 5:27–32 – 27 After this, Jesus went out and saw a tax collector by the name of Levi sitting at his tax booth. “Follow me,” Jesus said to him, 28 and Levi got up, left everything and followed him. 29 Then Levi held a great banquet for Jesus at his house, and a large crowd of tax collectors and others were eating with them. 30 But the Pharisees and the teachers of the law who belonged to their sect complained to his disciples, “Why do you eat and drink with tax collectors and sinners?” 31 Jesus answered them, “It is not the healthy whour-comfort-or-our-missiono need a doctor, but the sick. 32 I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.”

The church is called to be the feet and hands of Jesus – the Body of Christ. He died to set us free from the penalty of our sins and He calls us to a mission. Our mission as the church is to reach the lost – the sick – those that need Jesus. Matthew 28:16–20 – 16 Then the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go. 17 When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted. 18 Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

We deny our calling when we are only internally focused as a church. When we only worry about our comfort – what we like – what we prefer – rather than what the lost might respond to and be drawn to Christ. The church is to be all about our mission – reaching the lost – the sick – those without the hope that we have in eternity. God wants to use us to call folks to Him – to call the unforgiven sinners to repentance and to grace. Are we more concerned with our comfort or the mission of the church?

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

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October 14, 2016 - Posted by | Bring, Build, Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Denomination, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Holy Spirit, Leadership, Outreach, Personal, Theology | , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

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