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July note from the Pastor

Posted by Pastor Jono on June 29, 2012 at 9:00 PM

“...as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me.” - John 17:21

 

What is the number one thing Jesus would have us BE? The answer is in the prayer Jesus prayed with the disciples at the Last Supper. Jesus prayed that we would be unified with Him and the Father. Unified in our desire to be holy, to love God and love one another, but also unified in purpose. That brings us to the next question: what is the number one thing Jesus wants us to DO here on earth?

 

Again, that answer is found in Jesus’ prayer; “that the world may believe that Thou hast sent me.” Jesus gives us a Great Commission in His last words, recorded in all four gospels and the book of Acts (Matthew 28:18-20, Mark 16:15, Luke 24:45-48, John 20:21, Acts 1:8).  In summary these last words of our Saviour before His ascension tell us our number one work as Christians and as churches is: Preach the gospel, be witnesses, baptize new believers and disciple them.  Each of the words in this summary needs careful defining in the light of Scripture.  This month we are examining in detail exactly what evangelism and the Great Commission entails.

 

Everything we do as Christians, every waking moment, should revolve around this result of being one with God. Are you striving for unity of purpose with God? Are you daily carrying out the Great Commission?

 

- Pastor Jono

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