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March 28, 2017, 9:41 AM

Reach Out to World Missions

At FCC, April is “Reach Out to World Missions” Month

There are now 7.5 billion people living in the world as of March, 2017, based on United Nations and US Census Bureau estimates. The number is overwhelming to imagine. I mention this because as Christians we have a mission to proclaim the good news of God’s kingdom of love by word and by our life to the whole world. But what can we do—what can I do—what can you do—to connect with and communicate with 7.5 billion people?

Probably not very much if we try it on our own power. And probably we won’t do anything if we consider the magnitude of the mission and compare it to our tiny selves. But let’s look at this from another perspective. From a divine perspective to be specific.

“For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life.” (John 3:16 NRSV)

 “Go into all the world and proclaim the good news to the whole creation” (Mark 16:15 NRSV) “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations....” (Matthew 28:18-19 NRSV)

Here are some important points to consider:

1. God loves the people he has created. That includes us, our families, our church, our neighbors, our city, our country, our planet.

2. God’s way of loving the world was to communicate himself through one man.

What? Through just One Man!

Today, according to the same UN and US estimates, Christianity is the largest religion in the world. And how did that happen? It started with one man—Jesus. Then the twelve apostles, who believed in him, trusted him, and couldn’t contain their joy at experiencing his life and love. From there, the twelve became more than 3,000, then soon after, 5,000. People who at first resisted these new Christians later joined them.  People like Paul the Apostle. He went all over the Roman Empire spreading the good news, converting those who were hungry for something hopeful and better and divine. Christians gathered to form churches.

And now, here we are. In San Marcos, Texas. With a tremendous history and story as one of God’s churches. We salute and respect those who have gone before us. But our mission isn’t over. Again, from Jesus: “Very truly, I tell you, the one who believes in me will also do the works that I do and, in fact, will do greater works than these, because I am going to the Father.” (John 14:12 NRSV)

3. Which brings us to this: God still is communicating and connecting to his world through his people. By ourselves we can do little. But as God’s people, we can, with Paul, do all things through him who strengthens us.

 


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