A View of the Bible from 30000ft
Nothing brings us together like Jesus. If you think about it, that is amazing in and of itself because the people of God, the recreated New Covenant community, or what we might refer to as the church, is comprised of people from every nation, tribe, and tongue. We are a diverse yet unified group.
I don’t know about you, but I feel that unity when I meet another Christian. It doesn’t matter where I’m at. I could be half-way across the world or down at the local Starbucks. When I meet a fellow believer, there is an instant connection and bond that’s formed. I immediately feel comfortable and connected with them.
Why is that? It is because we are unified in our mission and devotion. It is our mission that draws us together. This is why it is important we understand what our mission is and what we should be devoted to as a church.
What is the unified mission and devotion of the New Covenant community (the Church)? Who commissions and empowers us to live as a New Covenant community (the Church)?
Acts 2:42-47 teaches us to devote ourselves to several practices. We should devote ourselves to receive the teaching of God Word, allowing it to teach us more about God, Jesus, and how we are to live as a New Covenant community. We should also devote ourselves to fellowshipping with one another in a real authentic community. As well as we should break bread together, which symbolizes consistent participation in the Lord’s Supper. Additionally, we should devote ourselves to praying for one another.
Most all those practices above are internal to a community that already exists. They are good and right. We should do them. But we haven’t been called to solely devote ourselves to Inreach. We have also been called to Outreach. Part of living for God is expanding His kingdom as we seek to bring others into it. As New Covenant people, as the church, we have a mission. A mission that should unify and focus us. We are to work to win disciple-making disciples for God’s glory by going, baptizing, and teaching (Matt 28:18-20). We don’t win disciples in our own power, rather we do it through the empowering work of the Holy Spirit (Acts 1:4-5,8).
Next week, we will conclude our message by looking at the restoration of all things from the book of Revelation.
A-K | Social Distancing | Service Guidelines
We look forward to seeing A-K this week. Remember the doors open at 8:55 am. An usher will seat you. Please continue to practice social distancing guidelines.
In Psalm 46:10-11 we read:
"Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!” The LORD of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress. Selah” (Ps 46:10–11)
“To turn on the television or radio or to drive down a billboard-filled highway is to be bombarded with the message that various products and services are the secret to achieving inner calm. If you can just get the right body, the right education, the right financial structure, the right entertainment system – then you will have achieved that deep “soul-sigh” everyone longs for. Psalm 46 offers an alternative to the world. It says: Be still. Be quiet. Look up. Calm down. God reigns.
Selection from @crosswaybooks Devotional Psalter
Prayer Meeting Wednesday’s at 6:30 pm via Zoom
Every Wednesday we gather on Zoom at 6:30 pm for a prayer meeting. We pray through different topics, using God’s Word as our guide. You should receive a prayer meeting guide and Zoom sign in details each week via email. If you are not receiving the prayer meeting materials each week, please let me know and I will get them to you. This week’s prayer topic is: The Government.
Plug into our Student Ministry. They are meeting outside at a member’s house. Social distancing protocols are in place. If you would like to join them for Summer Nights on Wednesday at 7pm, send Ryan a message. He would be happy to get you connected to the ministry.
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