The Power of Possessions
Accumulation of things dominates our consumer driven culture. Comfort and convenience are now regarded as necessity. The problem with possessions is not that we have things, but so often those things have us. We become the ones possessed. Jesus wants us free from the power of our possessions so we can use them for the work of God.
Grace Makes Givers
We often think we’ll become better givers the moment we have more. A little extra in the bank, more space in the schedule. The reality is, we only become givers when we fully appreciate how much we ourselves have been given.
For the Love of God
Living the mission God has given every believer demands a deep motivation to sustain the effort. The call to love God with all your being as well as loving your neighbor as yourself is overwhelming without lasting motivation. God’s love for you, found in Jesus Christ, is a motivation that gives you eternal motivation.
2 Corinthians 5:14-21
Mission to the Outsider
Many people seeking Jesus feel like an outsider. And many times their life has made them an outsider with God. The problem for the disciple making mission is when people treat outsiders like they don’t belong. Every person is first in the company of sinners, in need of God’s grace, which means we all are outsiders. To reach the outsiders, disciples must make every effort to show them God’s grace.
The search for fulfillment can take us many place and to many things. King Solomon was a man who had wealth, power, and access to anything he wanted. He used that to search for fulfillment and concluded that all of life finds itself within the glory and greatness of God, our Father.
Mission to the Wayward
Jesus’ heart is for those who are wandering away from Him. Those who once walked close and have strayed away. We see Him display His mission to the wayward when He went to restore Peter after His resurrection. We learn from Jesus just how to take this disciple making mission to those who have fallen away.