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Between now and Lent, we will be in a preaching series titled:
“Abundance for Others”
This is significant because our church’s narrative is developing. We have grown very healthy and strong, but for what purpose? Things were really tight for our church in the early years, but we’ve grown quite strong. I believe the Lord wants us to use this abundance for others.
In Luke 4:42-44, Jesus tells his home town that he must go to other towns as well. He came to preach the Good News to them also. The Lord is on mission and we should be too.
Over the past six months, the staff and I have been refining our vision statement to be even clearer and nuanced to us specifically. We’ve narrowed it down to four words, which are mostly actual (meaning who we already are) but also aspirational (who we want to become).
The most “aspirational” of the words is the first, extending. It’s time to get off the island to reach more people. There are two practical applications here. The first is that we must start making plans to plant some new churches in our rapidly-growing area. Our diocese is asking for our help in this regard. The second is that we start to see the Alpha course as the tool we use to share the gospel with those who are not yet here.
Over the next seven weeks, we will be considering passages of Scripture that highlight God’s missionary posture. We’ll see his concern for “the lost, the least and the last,” i.e. those who are marginalized, spiritually disconnected and society’s castaways. We will see what a grand invitation the Gospel offers and what it looks like to grab ahold of it. Join us this Sunday as we reflect on Jesus’ parable of the lost sheep from Luke 15.
Looking to go deeper? The following recommended book goes deeper into our sermon series topic.
The Master Plan of Evangelism by Robert Coleman