Jesus Christ calls us to be a joyful community that celebrates God's love, transforms lives, and is a force for justice in the world.

Sermons on Missions

Who are we? Where do we go?

On my walk home I asked myself, is this what Jesus meant by “Go therefore and make disciples?” Is this what commissioned ministry truly is, to be sent out into the world to serve Gods purposes by meeting people right where they are?mI started wondering how could I, a recovering drug addict who has done things that I have a hard time forgiving myself for, could be commissioned to share life with others in the name of our loving savior, Jesus Christ.

“…to all generations”

The one thing that has not changed, the one thing that will not change, is the faithfulness of God. But here’s the thing: God’s faithfulness is most visible in the rear-view mirror. That’s true for a church. That’s true for our personal lives. Providence reveals itself most clearly in retrospect.

Tell the Story

One way to do evangelism is to tell the wider story of Scripture in a way that is personally meaningful to us. That’s the key: it has to be authentic to us and true to our lives if it is to be compelling to other people. It’s not trying to warp other people into a version of ourselves. It’s not converting people to our way of thinking. It’s invitational. Testifying to God’s presence in our life helps other people name it in theirs.

God’s Work, Our Hands

You can look at this as an organization with programs, events, and projects that need funding, which is true. We can look at this as a temple, of sorts, as King David did, a sacred space for locating the presence of the Holy, that needs funding, which is also true. But a deeper truth is: it’s a church. It belongs to God, who will always, is always, doing so much more with it than we can ever imagine. We simply have to offer our best in faith.

Questions from the Pews – Seeing Christ

I believe it means that we act out of the understanding that we are all interwoven. And because of that truth, we then have to push beyond our own egos and desire for self­preservation to identify with and care for the most vulnerable in our world ­ our very neighbors. Seeing Christ in the other means to be surprised by God in our encounters with others. And I think it’s just as easy and as hard as that sounds.

Disturbing the Peace

I’m convinced that you don’t have to get arrested to be a faithful Christian. But still, this text messes with me. It burrows into my mind, making me wonder: in what ways have I taken risks for my faith?” How have I “disturbed the peace,” so to speak, by telling a hard truth in my family or my workplace? How does our faith lead us to stand up for somebody who is voiceless?

To the Ends of the Earth

I’m not sure if “ends of the earth” is meant to be interpreted geographically or metaphorically. Meaning if Jerusalem symbolizes life with God then the “ends of the earth” would symbolize life apart from God. Taken in that vein, I would say that today, in our society, the ends of the earth might be seen in racism, xenophobia, the effects of substance abuse, gun violence, the ever increasing wage and wealth gap, and in a society that fails our children by underfunding public school education, eliminating accessible health care, and depleting resources and services of the Department of Child Safety…