During VBS 2018, we joined forces with Because International to raise funds for The Shoe That Grows. The children in attendance learned about this beautiful ministry and committed to bringing in their change and doing extra chores around the house. We invite you to partner with these children, and help them see the beauty of practical compassion. Donations can be made on our team page by following the link below. Thank you! https://fundraise.becauseinternational.org/team/179558
TO THE ENDS OF THE EARTH
“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you. And you will be my witnesses, telling people about me everywhere—in Jerusalem, throughout Judea, in Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”
–Jesus, at the Ascension (Acts 1:8, NLT)
All of us like to build up our own spot of land, to pursue the things that make us happy—we’ve even enshrined them as rights in some cases. But the life of a Christian is the opposite of this: he gives up his own life for the sake of the mission of Jesus. And it is not an easy life. The Christian is called to leave her life of comfort for the sake of Jesus’ mission, to walk by faith when things are dark, to go out in the face of opposition—all so that all people in all places can know the name of Jesus Christ and hear of the hope and truth of his gospel.
FEAR NOT, STAND FIRM
“Fear not, stand firm, and see the salvation of the LORD, which he will work for you today.”
–Moses, to the Israelites, as they are about to cross the Red Sea (Exodus 14:13)
“Fear not” and “stand firm” are two of the most frequent commands in the Bible for the people of God. Why? Frankly, because we need to be reminded of them. Often. Our natural reaction, when looking out at a world, one that we are not a part of, is to fear and to cower. And the truth is that if we were just standing on our own strength, we would indeed fail and we would be defeated. But when we stand in Christ and in his death and for his gospel, we live—more than that, we’re fighting in a war we cannot lose.
ONE SPIRIT, ONE BODY
“For in one Spirit we were all baptized into one body— Jews or Greeks, slaves or free—and all were made to drink of one Spirit.” “There is one body and one Spirit—just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call.”
(1 Corinthians 12:13 and Ephesians 4:4)
The Bible tells us that when we believe in Jesus we become his sons and daughters—which means we don’t just get a new heavenly Father, but lots of new brothers and sisters! We as this body of believers are united in Jesus, through the work of his blood on the cross, to serve—not our own missions—but Jesus’ mission collectively, as a family.