Today’s sermon answered one specific question: what is the purpose of the church? This forces an equally important question: what is your purpose as a member of the church? It is dangerous to hear the Word without doing it. That’s the point of this blog: to move you from a hearer only to a doer of what you’ve heard this morning. For sake of simplicity, I want to provide 3 simple next steps:
- Identify your daily mission field. Parents, your mission field is your children. Bosses, your mission field is your employees. Doctors–patients. Teachers–students. Recently, Josh Hayes, our Children’s Pastor shared this blog with me (http://www.christianitytoday.com/edstetzer/2013/december/do-your-kids-know-gospel.html). Too often as parents we focus on the all-important “conversion” of our children and neglect the all important disciple making of our children.
- Set a reachable, measurable goal. For example, if you have 20 employees, determine to share Christ with one or two a month. Figure out what works best in your situation. Set aside a certain amount of time for your children each day to share the Gospel with them. Be reasonable as you set your goals.
- Be willing to go beyond your comfort zone. In 2014, we have the following mission opportunities planned. You can find out more information on these by emailing Stan Smothers at email@example.com.
- Ecuador, June 7-14 Orphanage, Construction and Medical
- Ecuador, Fall 2014, Orphanage, Construction and Medical
- Peru, Fall 2014, Working with the International Mission Board of the SBC
- Senegal, Africa, Fall 2014/Spring 2015, Medical
- North American Mission Trips, various times with at least 4 weeks advance notice.
Trust God for the results. Peter preached, and in one day 3000 came to Christ. Later in his life, Peter’s preaching would result in his own arrest and crucifixion. We are not responsible for the outcome–we are responsible for our obedience.
I’m excited to see how God is going to use you in 2014.
Life is a quickly passing “vapor.” We really don’t have a great deal of time to make an impact for our Savior. Whether we go far, or stay locally, we can all do something to serve others and bring them the good news of the Gospel.