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September 27, 2016, 9:25 AM

Thy Will Be Done

In the month of October we will be emphasizing the outreach ministries of First Christian Church of
San Marcos.  In doing so, we recognize that we are, after all, a church. A church is defined by its
mission. A church without a mission is not really a church at all. It’s just a club or fraternity. It may
be “Christian” in the sense that it says nice things about God and Jesus, and encourages
everyone in it to be decent, law-biding citizens. But it is only when a group of Christians gathers together to do the
work of their Lord that they meet the requirements of a church.  


Of Jesus, the Scriptures proclaim: "The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to preach good
news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to
release the oppressed, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”
(Luke 4:18-19)


And, when asked about the greatest commandment, Jesus replied, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart
and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind; and, ‘Love your neighbor as
yourself.’”
(Luke 10:27)


Later in his ministry Jesus observed, “I tell you the truth, anyone who has faith in me will do what I have been
doing. He will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father.”
(John 14:12)


And...“I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from
me you can do nothing.”
(John 15:5)


His first disciples understood that we are to follow Jesus’ example. John wrote, “Dear children, let us not love with
words or tongue but with actions and in truth.”
(1 John 3:18)


And from James: “Suppose a brother or sister is without clothes and daily food. If one of you says to him, ‘Go, I
wish you well; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about his physical needs, what good is it? In the same
way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.”
(James 2:15-17)


The world is in desperate need of compassion, mercy, love, kindness, friendship, hope. It needs God. And we who
are followers of Jesus, are called to be the light of the world. Ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal
through us. We do it not only by our words, but most especially by our actions.


This month we will be looking at some of the outreach ministries supported by FCC. Let us be glad that we have
been called to work together for the Kingdom of God. “Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done on earth as it is in
heaven.”
  Amen.


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