Matt 28:18-20, Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.
For the last 4 years, these words have been the central, singular focus of all our attention, our passion, and our energy. We have given of our time, our gifts; we have labored, we have given sacrificially, and we have loved unconditionally. 2015 is a new year. It’s a new year filled with new opportunities! I am firmly convinced with all my soul, that everything that God has allowed us to accomplish by His grace, has been preparatory for what He desires to do thru our church in the year 2015.
But, here’s the key…I firmly believe that God’s blessings have been the direct result of a church, whose entire focus has remained faithful to Christ’s command to carry His name. To carry His name to our community, to our neighbors, to the highways and hedges, to those who are broken, to those who are hurting, and to those who desparately need to know that God still loves them, no matter what they’ve done!
The question for us as a church is, “Do we really believe that Jesus is the answer to our world’s moral, cultural, social, governmental, economical problems. Do we really believe that God the Father, God the Son, And God the Holy Spirit planned in eternity past to redeem sinful fallen man to Himself thru the sacrifice of Jesus Christ? Do we really believe that Jesus is the virgin born Son of God, who lived a sinless life and died a sacrificical death for the sin of the world? Do you believe that at the name of Jesus, every knee shall bow and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord to the glory of the Father? Do you believe that the church, that Jesus loved and gave Himself for, is God’s ordained institution to carry His name into our communities, and thru the power of Jesus Christ?
Then let’s carry His name together, so that our world might know and confess the glorious name of Jesus!!!!!