umping back into our Dream Team Series with Part 2: Outreach, Pastor Chris shares where we first get the command to go and share the gospel with the world. Jesus, right before He ascends back into Heaven gives the command in Acts 1:8, “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” This command to be Jesus’ witnesses is in the same vein as an ambassador of a foreign country to the local government and country. We are Jesus’ representative in person to all who we come in contact with on a daily basis. This command to be Jesus ambassador is played out in 3 main area. The first is in hospitality. When you have someone into your house, they are the honored guest, you greet them at the door, invite them in, offer to take their coat, something to drink, etc. God has called us into this because He has been unbelievably hospitable to us. How do we do this? Give to the poor without repayment, treat refugees, immigrants, enemies, as if they were our own family. We do so because the Gospel bid us into it. In Matthew 25:40 Jesus said, “Whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.” People need to know how much they matter to us, before they can know how much they matter to God. The second way this plays out is in having a faithful presence wherever we find ourselves.What is faithful presence? There is a story of a new convert to Christ coming to Martin Luther, who is the father of the Great Reformation. He comes to him and says, “Hey, I have just become a Christian. How am I to faithfully serve the Lord?” Luther asked him, “Well, what do you do?” He said, “I’m a cobbler. I make shoes,” to which Luther said, “Then make a great shoe and sell it at a fair price.” Us as men and women, fulfill our God given obligation to love God, seek to serve all, and walk in a humility that is attractive to the world.
Francis of Assisi is given credit for the quite, “Preach the gospel at all times and when necessary use words.”
People are always watching. Are we shining our light as bright as possible around them? The finally the third way this plays out is in sharing the Gospel. What is your story? Have you ever thought that God might be using you and your story for creating things? For something more than just saving you? I have been under the misguided story that because I was not a drug addic, or living on the streets, or had this horrific event happen in my life, that my story of God’s grace in my life was not important. That is not true. Each and everyone of us have a unique story of how Christ saved us and we are to share that story with everyone that we know. We are planing to have training to help each of us better share our story and be ready for that moment when God opens up the door and the Holy Sprit taps on our shoulder and says, share! Amy Oden, Jeff Crowder and Christena Turnbough share their hearts for Outreach and what they dream for us at TRC in this area of Outreach.
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