Together this fall, we as a community of faith have been discussing how God might be calling us to participate in a mission narrative both in the nearby and far reaches of His Kingdom. The call to First Baptist Kingsville(FBK) and the legacy of response to that call is the basis of this Mission’s Blog Post.
The Bible has a lot to say about the difference between a benefit that is only temporary and one that lasts forever. When each of us came into this world, the fact of the matter is that we brought nothing into it, and it is certain that we can take nothing out with us – nothing material, that is. When we stand face to face before Jesus, like we discussed last week, the size of the bank account that our relatives are fighting over won’t make a bit of difference to him. What will make a difference is our righteous character – remember the righteous have a place prepared for them.
God Planned for you…. are you planning for God???
There is a fearsome finality to Jesus’ judgment. There are no second chances during the second coming. Those who had time to make wise decisions for themselves about the course of their lives will at the final judgment have a final decision about their final fate “made for them” with the utmost finality.
Our God has chosen to be our God – He has called us to be His sheep as He is our Shepherd.
He provides for us, in every way imaginable: physically, spiritually, emotionally.
He showers His blessings upon us, he covers us with His mercy & grace both in our lives today and in the eternal future.
So, thank Him – praise Him – exalt Him – give Him the glory He is due.
There’s no more appropriate day to do this, than on Thanksgiving.
What does God expect of you – God is asking you and me – for everything. And everything means that we are not only Jesus followers here on Sunday or in the private parts of our life. What He invites us to and requires of us is a total life commitment. To get out of our comfort zones. Just like he called Paul on the road to Damascus, just like he called Jonah, Matthew or Richard Stearns, Jesus calls us to be His partners in changing our world.
One of my favorite scriptures in Abraham’s story is when God promises to bless him to be a blessing. As we move into this second year of Ministry together, we will be confronted with the truth that our blessings, like Abraham’s, are not just for us but are to be used to bless others.
Why do we care about two billion people who live and die and have never even heard the name of Jesus? Why do we post gospel messages on our social media feeds every day on our church accounts – and many of you share them – thanks! The simple answer is because God cares about them. Because His Spirit lives in us, we share His passion to reach the nations.
A lot of Christians struggle at telling their story of Salvation. They claim Jesus as the Lord and Savior, but agonize over telling that to another person saved or not. There are a lot of Christians who can tell you where to meet them at their favorite restaurant after church, but can’t put into words how to meet Jesus.
You’ve been called by God and made for a mission. What’s that mission: It’s all over this Church: We are committed to becoming fully devoted followers of Jesus Christ and are inviting others to do the same. What if every one of us simply had the attitude of ‘one more.’ “Jesus would you use me to reach just one more person.” If we all did that, I’m telling you our communities would be tremendously impacted, our families and our workplaces, so many lives would be impacted.
Does our work matter to God – whatever it might be ? The answer is YES and not just because our work provides us with a source of identity or a source of relationships, not because it is a source of income and control, not because it is a source of sense of purpose, our work matters to God because for each of us, in every stage of life, we can live out our calling and faithfulness to God in and through our work.
We search by trying to look exactly like a Kardashian sister or Tom Cruise. We search by putting others down, so we won’t have to look at ourselves! We search by filling our time with meaningless chores, while never finding time for anyone else.
And sometimes we search because we can’t rid ourselves of a guilt-ridden conscience.
We’re thirsty! We can’t get full! We seem so empty!
Life indeed is empty, when we try to do things on our own…when we look to ourselves totally for meaning! For many, life is just a rat race, if we have no purpose! Life doesn’t have to remain that way!
Here’s the truth for you today – the truth this woman learned from Jesus – Jesus came bearing good news not condemnation.
More than we can handle? Church, God’s plans for you and me are “huge”, and if those plans were reliant on human limitations, then He’d never get anything done! Facing more that we can handle (1) Strengthens Us (2) Honours and Glorifies God.