As Jesus prepared to begin his public ministry on earth, he gazed across the horizon and saw many opportunities begging for his time, his talent and his treasure. He saw multiple paths laid out before him, each one worthy of his pursuit. He could have been a political revolutionary or a national leader. He could have been content to be a teacher, educating the minds of those interested in pursuing temple work. He could have been a physician and healed bodies. But in the end he chose to be a Savior and save souls. Anyone near Jesus for any length of time heard him say, "The Son of Man came to find lost people and save them" (Luke 19:10). "The Son of Man did not come to be served. He came to serve others and to give his life as a ransom for many people" (Mark 10:45). The heart of Christ was relentlessly focused on one task...providing a way of salvation for mankind.
As his followers, we are to continue what Jesus started. Jesus calls us not only to come to him, but to go for him. Our mission is so significant that Jesus repeated it five times, in five different ways, in five different books of the Bible. Take time this week to study Matthew 28:19-20, Mark 16:15, Luke 24:47, John 20:21 and Acts 1:8, and learn the details of our mission on earth--the when, where, why, and how.
Consider joining us this Sunday at 9:30am as we conclude our DNA series: Who we are. What we do. This week we will look at our last core value: Go, show, and tell the gospel boldly. This final core value is a culmination of passionately worshiping God together as we grow in our relationship with him. I believe our only response to a life lived with Jesus at the center is to share in his earthly mission. Our vision to make Jesus non-ignorable in Beaverton and to the ends of the earth must be what drives our daily activities. You won't want to miss this Sunday, as we look at Romans 10:14-17, which contains the apostle Paul's closing argument for the importance of the gospel as the only hope for mankind.
Following the service, our adult Sunday school class will continue its study in the book of Acts. Make plans to stick around after the service and experience Christian fellowship as we explore the life of the early church.
Note: Learn to connect with one another authentically as we collect beanies and scarfs for Tonya Erhardt. If you would like more information about this opportunity, you can email the church at firstname.lastname@example.org, or speak with Jo Leiby on Sunday.
Thank you for being a praying church.
See you Sunday.