Jesus in mission

As Jesus walked beside the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and his brother Andrew casting a net into the lake, for they were fishermen. “Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will send you out to fish for people.” At once they left their nets and followed him. Mark 1:16-18

Today we wrap up the series on steps that churches can take to create an expectation for all people to invite others to Jesus instead of to programs, ministries, functions, or special events. So far we’ve looked at discipleship, culture, language, and community.

Today, we want to talk about mission.

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Jesus in Community

As Jesus walked beside the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and his brother Andrew casting a net into the lake, for they were fishermen.  “Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will send you out to fish for people.” At once they left their nets and followed him. Mark 1:16-18

Easter Sunday should be cause for celebration among Christians. It’s the one thing that gives our story conclusion and hope, a declaration not only of Jesus, but of the faithfulness of God. Jesus teachings call us to follow him, not only to the cross but to new life as well. Easter is a definitive marker of the people of God.

And yet, far too often we miss it. It has become a story that we hear so much that it has lost its punch. What should be cause for raucous celebration is often nothing more than a tempered smile.

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