Thursday, January 30, 2014

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ARE YOU PURSUING THE RIGHT MISSION?

That's an interesting question but an important question especially for those who are Followers of Christ!  Are you pursuing the right mission? Are you pursuing Christ's mission? Do you even understand what the mission is? If you can't answer these questions then how do you know that you are being obedient to what our Lord Jesus has left us here to do?

Here Are Some People Idea's Of What The Mission Is:
  • Some feel that the Christian's mission is just to do good deeds!
  • Some feel it is to invite people to come to church with them!
  • Some people think it's just to live a good and moral life!
Now while each of these things have a place in a Christians life are they in and of themselves or combined together make up what Christ's mission that each of us should be pursuing?
Let's take a few moments and look at what the Bible says about this very important subject.  In Matthew 28:16-20 we find a part in the Bible come to be known as the Great Commission.  The reason why it is called Great Commission is because it describes most clearly what the Christ's mission is.  Read with a clear mind what the words of Christ actually says:
"All authority in Heaven and on earth have given to me. Therefore, go and make disciples of all nations; baptizing them in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit; teaching them to obey all that I have commanded you. And low I am with you always, even to the end of the age."   
From this verse we learn that there is really only one mission!  That mission is to "Go Make Disciple".  That phrase is the only part that is written in the imperative mood thereby, making it a command.  The baptizing and teaching for obedience is only to support and help bring about the command of making disciples.
THE MISSION IS TO MAKE MORE DISCIPLES FOR CHRIST!
We can discuss more extensively in a different post on what exactly is a disciple buut for the purpose of this post let's just say that a disciple is a FULLY DEVOTED FOLLOWER OF CHRIST.  Not a halfhearted follower of Christ and not a Sunday only follower of Christ but a Fully Devoted Follower!
Here's how two of the guys I mentored define a Disciple of Christ:
  • Ed Villareal says "They are Hard Core Followers of Christ."  
  • Larry Munguia says, "They Are Jesus Freaks"
Though we use different phrase all three of us are basically saying that Jesus' Disciples are people who love Him more than they love anyone or anything else and they are crazy for Him.
Now is that the mission you've been pursuing?  You can't make disciples for Christ like that unless you are like that! Helping others become disciples is more caught than taught!  It's infectious!  In order for you to help someone become fully devoted to Christ, you have to be fully devoted to Christ.  That's just the way it works!  You can't teach it in a classroom. You infect others with it because you are infected with it.
If you are just trying to get people to attend a church service with you or just doing good things for people but not helping people fall desperately in love with Jesus and fully committed to Him, you're pursuing the wrong mission.  So I want to end with the same admonishment as that of Jesus.
GO MAKE DISCIPLES FOR JESUS!
MAKE FULLY DEVOTED FOLLOWERS OF JESUS!
HELP PEOPLE BECOME HARD CORE FOLLOWER OF CHRIST!
MAKE IT YOUR MISSION TO RAISE UP A MOB OF JESUS FREAKS!

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Wednesday, January 29, 2014

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Wednesday, January 15, 2014

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Thursday, January 9, 2014

CURES FOR A WORRIED LIFE!: PART 1, REASONS FOR NOT WORRYING

No matter how you cut it, life is filled with trials, tribulations and difficult times and as a result people tend to worry and fret over what will become of it all.  But for those who are Followers of Christ who are actively and intentionally joining Christ on His mission of redeeming a lost world the trials, tribulations and difficult times are multiplied.  In addition to all the normal difficulties of life Missional Christians also fight a spiritual battle of Satan trying to discourage the believer. But in the midst of all these struggles we hear the voice of Jesus ring out saying,
” … do not be anxious for your life … ” Matthew 6:25 (NAS)
Notice what Jesus didn’t say,  He didn’t say, “Try not to worry to much!”  No, He just told us to stop it!  But how?  How can you stop worry about the unknown that follows a trial and tribulation?  Well lucky for us Jesus in the Sermon on the Mount, not only tells us to stop it but He also tells us the cure for the worried life and how to experience peace instead!
This is so important for those who are intentionally living a missional life because this kind of lifestyle will be filled with lots of difficult trials and tribulations and if your faith is not firmly rooted in Christ you will literally worry yourself to death as you attempt to live a missional life.
So today, we are going to look at 4 reason why we shouldn’t worry!
4 Reasons For Why You Shouldn’t Worry  (Matthew 6: 25-34)
#1:  Because There’s More To Life Than Your Worries!
”  do not be anxious for your life. Is not life more than food, and body more than clothing.”  (v. 25 NAS)
The truth of the matter is that when we worry or get anxious about something we are focusing on a very small part of our life.  Whether we worry about food, clothing, health, work, or finances the truth of the matter is that these are just a small part of what makes up our  lives.  Life is also filled with many other things. These others things are good and pleasing and amazing.  When we worry we are choosing to not look at the good things that are going on in our lives.
#2:  Because Worry Doesn’t Accomplish Anything!
“And who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life.” (v. 27 NIV)
Think about it for a moment!  What does worry do for you?  What does it change?  Does the energy you spend on worry help to fix the issue or the problem?  No!  Absolutely not!  Can worry give you a longer life?  No. Actually, science now says that worry can shorten your life.  It can contribute to all kinds of physical problems that can lead to a diminished healthy life.  So, I ask what good does worrying do for you?  No good at all !


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Wednesday, January 8, 2014

MISSIONAL FAITH: IT WILL STRETCH YOUR IMAGINATION

When it come to living a powerful and effective missional life, it will require having amazing faith!  But as we apply the concept of faith in God to being on mission with God one thing becomes extremely evident!  And that is:  Missional faith will always stretch your imagination!  Read what God’s word say,
“… now glory be to God! By his might power at work within us, he is able to accomplish infinitely more than we would ever dare to ask or hope for.”  Eph. 3:20 (NL)
DO YOU REALLY BELIEVE THAT?  Do you sincerely believe that it is God’s desire to accomplish” infinitely more” that you are able to ask for?  THAT REQUIRES FAITH!  And not just any ole faith but amazing faith.
Let’s think about this for a moment!  Try and imagine the greatest thing that God could ever accomplish through your life!  Do you have it?  Is it clear in your mind? Well, guess what? You still haven’t come close to what God wants to do through you!  Your imagination will always be to small.  You are incapable to dreaming up something as big as what God wants to do through you.  What God wants to accomplish you can’t be figured out by dreaming it up the most amazing pursuit.  No, God’s plans are always so huge that it can only be revealed to you by God himself.
This kind of activity with God will always begin with a revelation from Him showing you His plans and His ways.  When God does show you these things it is going to blow your mind away and will require you to have a faith that truly believes that God can do anything, through anybody, including you.
Think for a moment about the idea of Abraham becoming the father of a great nation ...
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