2 weeks ago
We are living in turbulent days. Humanity is lost and hurting. People are confused, bewildered, and filled with uncertainty. They have become lost in the maze of life. The moral and spiritual compass that once provided a strong, accurate, and dependable foundation for our morals and values, no longer has a true north. The once persistent, and guiding needle presently spins aimlessly out of control. Therefore, people are drifting with the current and the wind that today’s culture provides, rather than having their sites on the particular destination of God and His presence. Plus, the post modern and post Christian culture in their eagerness not to just disrupt the voice of God, through the church of Jesus Christ, but to silence it and ultimately annihilate our presence.
Before you can be effective as a church and ministry, you must first understand your mission. You do not get to decide what your mission is––God does. Therefore, you have to thoroughly comprehend what God has called, and anointed you to do. You hear a lot in popular preaching, and teaching about the church being missional. Hasn’t the New Testament church always been called to be missional?
Once you acknowledge and accept God’s primary mission of reaching the lost, (from last week sermon) you have to know, understand, and have a relationship with the originator of the mission; Jehovah God, the I Am that I Am. To be effective in ministering the Good News of Jesus Christ and His love to those that are hurting, requires more than just belief. It requires a growing, thriving, and passionate relationship with God the Father, through Jesus Christ the Lord. Those who are hurting are much more interested in what moves you to act, and reach out to them, rather than just what you believe about your God.
You cannot deny the existence of evil and say that humanity is basically good. It constricts the Sacred Scriptures. It is impossible not to see and experience the darkness and the sin of evil hearts everywhere. Ravi Zacharias said, “The denial of the existence of sin is human trafficking.” People ask, “If there is a God why would a good God allow evil in the world? How can a loving God send people to hell? Why does God seem harsh in the Old Testament, but kind in the New Testament? What happened? Sin happened and placed humanity in s state of total depravity.