What are you doing here?
What am I doing here?
What I'm asking is, what am I supposed to be doing here - in this world - with my life?
This Saturday, January 21, I will be speaking about living on a mission. Living out the mission that God has us here for.
And no, our mission is not to:
- Be fruitful and multiply
- Be happy
- Make money
- Go to church
- Make friends or "connect" . . .
I am convinced that the clearest statement of our mission is found in 2 Corinthians 5:20-21. And as an ambassador of Christ, I must represent . . . Him!!! Well!!!
That's my mission: to represent Christ well and "plead" and "implore" people to come to Jesus so they can be saved (theologically justified or declared righteous) and made right with God.
Through Christ ALONE are people forgiven and my mission is to point, or even drag people to Jesus.
That's my mission!!!
That's your mission!!!
So, how ya doin' on your mission?
In order for us to live on a mission, a few things need to happen. And I'm not talking about evangelistic training or reading a few books on contagious Christianity or the Way of the Master (although great resources). I'm talking about the way we think that needs to change if we are to live on a mission.
Thinking Biblically about things like:
1. Seeing yourself the way God sees you.
- Romans 3:9-12; 5:8
- Luke 15:7, 10, 32
2. Seeing others as God sees them.
- Matthew 9:35-38
- Luke 10:33-37
3. Taking the words of Jesus seriously.
- Matthew 28:18-20; Acts 1:8
- Great Commission / Great Commandment
I hope to see you this Sunday as we hear from those who went on a mission to Guatemala and who are living on a mission now.
Come join us as we think through all this mission stuff.
See you Sunday!
It's the most wonderful time of the year!!!
What makes it "most wonderful"? Is it the stress, the traffic, the lines at stores, the cost of buying presents, the additional places I have to be and the extra people I need to see . . . ? Bah, humbug.
Oh, relax. I'm only kidding. I really DO love Christmas and all that comes with it. Although I could live without the "hustle and bustle".
The Life Transforming Power of Jesus
Way back in my teen days, I remember hearing the story of a singer/songwriter and how his life was drastically changed by the power of Jesus Christ. His name was B.J. Thomas and his testimony of faith made a profound impact on my life all those many years ago.
B.J. Thomas' testimony was one of a life full of drugs and alcohol. Addictions that controlled his life. A broken marriage and a life of public popularity, but personal pain.
Rescue the perishing, care for the dying, snatch them in pity from sin and the grave;
Weep o'er the erring one, lift up the fallen, tell them of Jesus, the mighty to save;
Rescue the perishing, care for the dying, Jesus is merciful, Jesus will save!
The 95 Theses That Started the Reformation
It was the greatest spiritual event since the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ and the birth of the church. It was the greatest event in 1500 years. What was it? It happened on October 31, 1517 in Wittenberg, Germany. It was the Reformation.
This Sunday, November 19, is Harvest Sunday at West Pines. It's a Sunday we have been setting aside for years to celebrate God's faithfulness to us and respond by being faithful to Him, specifically in the area of our giving.
November is a time of stewardship focus here at West Pines. "Stewardship" is the careful and responsible management of something (resources) entrusted to one's care.
Stewardship is using someone else's stuff and being responsible as you take care of what rightfully belongs to another person.
A good steward will borrow something that belongs to someone else (i.e., a car, tool, house, boat, money, clothes, computer, bike . . .) and return it in the same or better condition than when it was borrowed.
The Words That Change Everything
What's your life's journey been like? Can you describe it?
All of us have a story to tell. A journey or path to talk about. So different, so unique are our stories that no two are exactly alike. And yet there is a thread that runs through all of our lives and connects us. What is it, you ask???
"Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh -- more power . . . "
I believe there is a fascination with power - specifically more of it. All of us, men and women alike, enjoy more power. Whether it's more horsepower in our car engine or more amps in our microwave, we love power. If faced with the choice of a 1/2 horsepower garbage disposal or a 1/3 horsepower disposal, I tend to think most of us would bump it up to the 1/2 horsepower. Why? Because it's more power.
Could you imagine God saying, "Hey, Sorber, ask me for anything and it's yours. What do you want?"
My mind would most likely go to health, wealth, family unity, church effectiveness, and maybe some toys like an RV, boat, or a '69 Camaro convertible. (Ok, go ahead and judge me . . . )