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The apostle Paul writes that whenever the Lord’s Supper is served it proclaims the Lord’s death until He returns. If the application to the church is that we are to be the physical proclamation that Jesus really lived, died and rose again, what does that look like? How do we become Jesus to our neighborhood, workplace and marketplace?
I decided to look at how Jesus went about being a witness for His Father while on earth. This is what I saw. Tell me what you think.
- Jesus Starts Preaching Good News that God’s Favor is Upon All and Against None (Mk. 1.14, 15)
- Jesus Gets Some People to Watch What He Does so They Can Do What He Does (Mk. 1.16-20)
- Jesus Clues the Religious People in to the Fact that the God They Worship Is At Work Now, Not Just in the Past and Not Just in the Future (Mk. 1.21; Lk. 4.18, 19; Isa. 61.1, 2)
- Jesus Starts Making Life Better for Everyone by: Casting Out Demons, Healing the Sick, Forgiving Sin, Hanging Out with Misbehavers, and Protecting Misbehavers from Religious Insiders (Mk. 1.25-2.12)
- Jesus Keeps Doing Good While Keeping Himself a Secret (Mk. 1.23-26; 1.34; 1.40-44). For Jesus, people getting hung up on the fact He was the Christ got in the way of Him doing the work that His Father sent Him to do. He fought hard to keep His Messiah-ship from distracting people from what God was doing through Him. He loved people more than He loved the idea of people figuring out who He was
Conclusions for Canton Adventist’s Vision that correlate to each of the above points:
- Our message to the community must be that God loves them, not that God is judging them. God’s favor is upon Canton, not His judgment
- We must cease the practice of living out our faith in an individualistic matter or doing ministry by ourselves. We must be always looking to bring other people along in the process of ministry and outreach. The next generation of Christ-followers needs to learn from us
- We must be a church that believes God is working now, is building his kingdom now, is changing lives now. He didn’t just work in the past and He won’t just work in the future. He is working now. Our church must operate on that principle
- This correlates with points 4 & 5 above. We must do good–period. Making people’s lives better must be a higher priority than growing our church. We won’t have to worry about church growth if that’s our philosophy because people like to be with other people who are making a difference and are devoted to doing good in the world. I meant to say this on Saturday and forgot: This is something that is an intentional focus. I’m not just talking about being superficially nice to people. It’s more than just putting that "Christian smile" on our faces. I believe the call of Christ requires intentional investment in the lives of others for the purpose of making them better. This is the good news of God’s kingdom that is continually expanding up to this present day
Anybody do anything special with the bread and grape juice? I’d love to hear about it