The Challenges Of Being A Church On Mission
Dave Harper Debra Evans (Sun, 09 Dec 2012)
Dave spoke about 'helping one another on mission'. The commission from Jesus to go on mission is clear whether we look at the 12,(Luke 9:1-2) the 72 (Luke 10), the disciples at Galilee (Matthew 28:18-20) or the early church (Acts 2 on). Jesus' mandate was 'heal the sick and preach that the kingdom of God is near'.
Debra shared how mission felt like a heavy overcoat, inflexible and crushing. She shared how it caused her to look at her own failings and short comings and question her ability and worthiness to be on mission. She then went on to share how she has sought to get free of it by rejecting the lies that seemed to disqualify her and instead choose to believe the truth about her identity and to trust Jesus. She also shared how important being part of the family of the church is in supporting and encouraging her.
Dave picked up on finding our identity in God and spurring one another on to love and good deeds as we meet together and encourage one another. Heb 10:23-25 and 1 Peter 4:10-11
What was your response to Debra's testimony and shared vulnerability? Did you identify with her at all?
When things get tough do you tend to pull back or do you seek out help and encouragement from others in the church or your community group?
Read Hebrews 10:23-25. How can we put this into practice more than we do?
In 1 Peter 4:10 Peter urges us to use the gifts we have received, Debra quoted this text and sought to apply it to herself. How would you apply it?