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What Is Our Mission?

Luke 5:32

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

photo on 6-11-19 at 10.52 amHave 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. Continue reading

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Reaching the Lost for Jesus

Luke 19:10

For the Son of Man came to seek and to save what was lost.

Life ChangeWhen I read this passage recently – I thought of this passage – Matthew 9:12 – On hearing this, Jesus said, It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick.

I believe at times the church forgets our vision or purpose. In my 40 plus years of ministry – my purpose has been to reach everyone for Christ. The implication – although subtle – is that those who know Christ are not my primary target in the church. Not that they are ignored – but if they know Jesus – part of my task is to build them up so they can reach other for Christ. If we know Jesus – we should want to be built up and be sent out to serve Christ. Our main or primary focus needs to be the lost – those who do not know Jesus. That should be the primary target group of any church IMHO.

Jesus instructed His disciples this way – as part of His final instructions to them. Matthew 28:19 – 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. Now – one could argue that becoming a disciple is more than being saved – but the indication when you talk about all the nations – or even Israel – is that they were unsaved (there weren’t too many Christians at the time of this statement!). Continue reading

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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. Continue reading

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Friendship in Marriage

Recently we have been sharing the vision and mission of our church (some say mission and vision) – to reach the whole family for Christ – by bringing them in, building them up, and sending them out.  More clearly defined – bringing the whole family into environments where they can encounter Christ, building up the whole family through discipleship, and sending out the whole family to serve others in our community.

I have been on vacation the last two weeks (until June 7th) and haven’t put out a daily message, but I have been spending time praying about and reading about the family.  More and more I am convinced that God is calling us to reach the whole family for Christ – the family is under attack.

I want to suggest that each member be a regular reader of Focus on the Family’s website – http://www.focusonthefamily.com/.  They often have articles about how the family is under attack and how the Body of Christ can help protect and serve the family.

An article I recently read speaks to the busy schedules some marriages have and how friendship in marriage is so important.  The article is called – The Role of Friendship in Marriage – and speaks to the need to make time for your partner.  Many marriages today have become or are on the way to becoming  two people sharing a home rather than two friends who are striving for the same goals and desires.  Please take the time to read the article and an accompanying article titled – Ten Steps to a Deeper Friendship with your Spouse.  It gives some great suggestions on how you can put the spark of friendship back into your marriage.

From time to time – as I read articles that will help the family – I will post on this blog page with an article like this with suggested readings.  Again – I suggest that each member of Mt. Oak – and anyone else reading this post – to read Focus on the Family’s website.  They are a great ministry that is battling Satan for the family’s sake!  I trust their founder (Dr. James Dobson) and their staff.

June 2, 2010 Posted by | Community, Encouragement, Family, Vision | , , | Leave a comment

   

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