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Mt. Oak’s Vision and Mission – You Can Make a Difference

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

Folks – I am looking for some feedback from the sermon yesterday.  We started the three-sermon series on our vision and mission with a sermon on bringing people into environments where people can encounter Jesus titled: You can make a difference.

We talked about how we can make a difference – helping to bring people into environments where they can encounter Jesus.  In worship we took about 5-10 minutes and met some people – all over the worship center – that we didn’t know well.  We asked some folks to introduce the people they had met.  Some were visitors or relatively new people to Mt. Oak – and it was nice to get to know more about them.  Jeris Bowlding – who normally sits on the congregation’s left side went over to the right side and met Walt Hammond.  Both have been attending Mt. Oak for many years – yet they didn’t know each other.  Making a difference – by helping to make people more comfortable – and to feel more accepted.  The sheets that we turned in last week told us many feel lonely!

The Scripture for the day was 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.

We talked about ways we could be the salt of the earth – flavoring the environments – and lives – around us with Jesus.  Being salt is a proactive thing – we reach out and intentionally touch someone’s life with Jesus.  Examples might be giving Jesus the credit when we accomplish something – rather than taking credit ourselves.

We talked about ways we could be the light of the world and asked if in our homes – in our workplaces – in our daily lives – if we hide our witness – our love for Jesus under a bushel (we almost broke out in a verse of this little light of mine.  Being the light of Christ is about our daily walk – about people seeing Jesus in us as we walk in the darkness of the world around us.  Do we reflect Jesus?  Do people see a difference in us?

How about some feedback from the sermon today?  Constructive criticism is the only way to improve.  Even positive comments help us grow – as we hear what worked in your life.

You can listen to this week’s sermon on http://wwww.mtoak.org/media/mo-sermons or you can sign up to get them on iTunes – as we podcast each sermon.  Simply search in the iTunes store for Mt Oak UMC and subscribe – then you will get each podcast we put out automatically.

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

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January 10, 2011 Posted by | Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Faith Journey | , , , , | 1 Comment

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