We will never forget this past year and a half because of how COVID-19 sent most of our world into a continuous state of pivoting. As we navigate our way toward the end of this pandemic, let us remain committed to the mission of finding people where they are and pointing them to Jesus, because he is truly our living hope. We live in a period of unprecedented change in our world and even in the local church. As we head into the summer of 2021, I want to share three areas that will drive our focus for the remainder of this calendar year.
This pandemic has reminded us that the church is more than one and a half hours of Sunday service. Many people understand the church as a building where people gather for worship. The church is a group of called-out believers who have placed their faith in Jesus Christ for salvation and are now living on a mission to point people to Jesus and make an impact in the world. The gospel changes people and people impact and change the world. One of the questions we will wrestle with is, how can we make a greater impact in our world?
let us remain committed to the mission of finding people where they are and pointing them to Jesus because he is truly our living hope.
In the Gospel of John in the 5th chapter, Jesus goes by a pool called Bethesda and asks a man who had been ill for 38 years, “Do you want to be made well?” I believe as a local church we should constantly strive to become healthier and more vibrant. We could make excuses for our position of health or we can turn to the one who can make us well.
Nothing is more important than reaching every person for Jesus Christ in every town, every city, and every nation. We have the vision to help men and women become fully devoted to following Jesus. Church growth isn’t just growing the numbers of those watching online or coming in person, but it has so much to do with people and their relationship with Jesus. As a church, the great commission can’t become the great omission. My prayer is that we become burdened for His kingdom and not our kingdom.
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