Monday, June 3, 2013

Vision –The Nuts and Bolts Part 8 : Mission


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This message was preached by Colin D Cruz at Word of Grace Church on the 2nd of June 2013. You can listen to the audio mp3 by clicking here.
This is the concluding message of an 8 part series. You can  read all the related blog posts by clicking on the label Vision 13/30


Isn’t is a wonderful thing to have your mortgage written off or paid by someone else? We have an eternal debt to pay but the good news is that it has been paid in full by someone: his name is Jesus. Jesus paid the price for our sins. We should be the happiest people on earth.
However now we have a responsibility to tell others that the debt has been paid.

Over the last few months we looks at 7 values we hold dear. In life we can’t stop the rain and the floods but we can make our home water and storm proof by building on the Rock and not on sand.

To sum up the 7 values”
Private Worship: this is about building a relationship with Jesus by spending time in the Word , prayer, meditation and worship. May I encourage you to spend time with God. If we don’t have a relationship with Jesus we have nothing.

Public Worship: When we come together we see God’s power being released in our midst. God can change us in an instant.

Hear Worship: the Bible says where your treasure is there will your heart also be. We need to be good stewards of all the resources God has given us.

Small Groups: This  is the pulse of the church. Here is where the church gets built up and where you grow. Make sure you are a part of some life group.

Obedience to God’s Word : knowing is not enough. We want to be doers of the Word. An ounce of obedience is worth far more than a ton of knowledge.

Love: We can have everything but is we are not loving we have nothing. We need to be filled with the love of God to love others.

Servanthood: the  Son of man did not come to be served but to serve. Jesus is our greatest model and everything we do is serving.

The  8th value I want to talk about today is MISSION

1.      The Father sent his son. Think about what heaven must be like. It is a perfect place. He left the beauty of heaven to live on earth.
John20:21 Jesus tells the disciples that as the Father has sent me I am sending you. Jesus will bless but we also need to fulfill what He wants from us. We are the most entertained generation that ever was but there is still an emptiness inside. The reason is that they are missing out on knowing God and knowing their calling in life. Imagine if you made a cow try to be a watch dog, what will you get?”

Acts 1:8 The Holy Spirit is not there just to give us a feel good factor but He is there to make us effective in the world. Jerusalem is your own people. Judea is your neighbourhood and the ends of the earth – is everywhere else.

You may feel you don’t have the courage to witness but the Holy Spirit will give you the power. Aren’t you glad someone shared the gospel with you? In the same way be that some one to somebody else now.
We are not sales people trying to sell something in a clever way. No. We have the greatest news of all – out of love we go to our friends, neighbours and tell them the good news. The great commission is for all not just for the super pastor.

There is not greater joy than seeing someone come to faith apart from your own salvation.
The whole world is struggling with sin- we can’t save ourselves and we can’t live up to the requirements of the law either. Rom 3:22-23

Jesus said He who does not gather with me scatters!! That’s serious ! We can’t be neutral.
2Cor5:9, 10. Hell is real and horrible therefore we persuade people.
Verse14 Christ’s love compels us. If you have the love of Jesus in your heart no one needs to arm twist you – you will love to do it.
V15. No longer will you live for yourself but you will use your resources for God’s glory.
V18. We have this amazing privilege.
We are God’s ministers. We are here to bring peace between God and man.
Only the gospel can bring peace. We have a responsibility – let us impact our neighborhood.

Matt 28:18-20 We should all have the desire to make disciples. One day Jesus will return and then it will be too late. There are also amazing rewards for us.

Everyone will not go to heaven so while we have time let’s make Jesus known and famous!
Word of Grace Church is a spirit filled (charismatic), evangelical  ( Born- again) English speaking church that preaches from the Bible as God's inspired Word of life. We are a church community that have people from every part of India and parts of the world. We are here to  put the Great Command and the Great Commission into practice by equipping and releasing every member into works of service.