Our Mission: Being and Making

Our Mission: Being and Making

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Calvary Baptist Church

Pastor Ben Marshall

 

Change causes us to give up comfort for the sake of some goal other than comfort. One pastor has said, “Churches that love their method more than their mission will die.”[1] This morning we are going to talk about mission. Methods will come and go; methods will change. Mission is the one thing that we must be tied to. It sets the course, or the direction, moving forward.

Our mission, passionately pursuing Christ, lovingly pursuing others for Christ, summed up in one word for each part, is “be” and “make.” We are called to be disciples (faithful, passionate followers of Christ); we are also called to make disciples.

We are to be passionately pursuing Christ and all that He is. The Bible is replete with examples of men and women passionately pursuing Jesus Christ and holding nothing back. What does it mean to passionately pursue Jesus Christ? Let’s narrow down what we are saying here.

 

First, pursue God with your whole heart

Jeremiah 29:13 ESV You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart.

Pursue God with your whole heart and it will fill the longing in your heart and soul.    

 

Second, desperately long after God with all of your desire

Psalm 42:1-2 1 As a deer pants for flowing streams, so pants my soul for you, O God. 2 My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When shall I come and appear before God?    

Do I know what it looks like to crave after God?

 

Third, pursue God as a student of the Bible

Psalm 119:9-11 9 How can a young man keep his way pure? By guarding it according to your word. 10 With my whole heart I seek you; let me not wander from your commandments! 11 I have stored up your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you.    

It is by following the Word of God that one is able to live in the fullness of the promises of God. 

Here are three application points to passionately pursue Christ:

First, develop a consistent habit of time spent with God. Take some time this afternoon, and maybe every Sunday afternoon, to schedule your God-time out in advance. Develop a consistent, daily habit of time spent with God. It might be a different time every day, but make it a habit.    

Second, find a consistent place to meet with God. Having a consistent place will help get you into the right frame of mind to meet with God. You know when you go here you put away distractions, turn off notifications, maybe don’t even bring your phone.

Third, bring a journal or something to document your time with God. Write your prayers, write your struggles, write what you’re learning in the Word. It will help you look back and remember. Remembering the goodness and faithfulness of God is important in our faith.  

 

We must cultivate a lifestyle of pursuing Christ and lovingly pursuing others for Christ.

Who are those we lovingly pursue?

We lovingly pursue fellow disciples, the backslidden, and the lost. As we pursue them, we must lead with grace and follow up with truth (John 1:17).

Grace without truth gives permission for sin and truth without grace gives condemnation. Neither is right.

 

How, then, do we lovingly pursue others for Christ? Here are two application points:

First, begin with prayer for others. Fill your prayer list and prayer journal with the names of others.    

Second, intentionally engage others in relationship. Go out of your way this week to bring a conversation to a deeper level.    

Louie Giglio said, “The unfinished work of the church is to tell the whole planet about the finished work of Jesus Christ.” That is our work, Calvary. That is the work of The Church at Hamilton. That is the work of every church body. The church is not a building; it is a group of disciples following the mission and call of God to be disciples and to make disciples who make disciples. 

 

[1] Carey Nieuwhof, The Death of News, Re-Tribalization and the Future Church, December 12, 2017, https://careynieuwhof.com/the-death-of-news-re-tribalization-and-the-church/