Isaac did a great job exhorting us all to the mission that Jesus Christ has set for all of his disciples: Make More Disciples!
He reminded us that this mission works because according to Matthew 28:16-20, all authority has been given to Jesus and Jesus is with us to the end of the age.
Christ’s authority and Christ’s presence make this mission possible. So, as disciples of Jesus, we are now called to make our life mission to make disciples of Jesus Christ.
If you didn’t make it to the Big Meeting or want to review or prepare for care group discussion, the audio and outline and discussion questions are available here.
Next Month’s Big Meeting we start the ‘how to’ of making disciples:
- September 14th (6:30pm for Dinner, 7:45pm the meeting starts)
- Kevin will be speaking on the topic of Sharing Christ from Acts 1:8
Recently I’ve been spending more time in our local coffee shop—the Starbucks near the Flower Hill Giant. As we’ve been digging into how we can be embracing God’s mission I’ve realized that this coffee shop is one of the few places that functions as a neighborhood gathering place for our community, including our church.
It’s been fun getting to know the staff there, drawing them out about their lives and creating opportunities to communicate the love of Christ to them. In case you frequent this Starbucks or any other place regularly the staff there are very aware of our church & how often our members frequent their establishment. We do keep the place full, don’t we?
Last week Drew Garfield asked thoughtful questions of Ana, the manager whom we’ve become friends with over the last few months. He asked her what her experience has been recently from our members. It was an insightful conversation, very warm & friendly. She’s grateful for our presence there but she did have a few suggestions for us that I’ve captured below. I think it’d be good to think about these categories related to any establishment you frequent. We all need to be reminded that we represent the Lord Jesus Christ wherever we go…even when ordering a latte.
—> Starbucks employees are people too…let’s treat them like it! Learn their names, greet them warmly, take an interest in their life & pray for them.
—> Put the cell phone down when ordering…this is really annoying & potentially disrespectful to anyone who is trying to serve you.
—> Clean up your own mess…your momma taught you better.
—> If you move any tables or chairs put them back before you leave. Try rearranging a friends living room without asking and see what they think…
Thanks for considering these things!
Click the following link to download the audio for the 3 sessions and the outlines from the Christian Sexuality conference that was held here at the church on August 6-7: