The View From Here

in Love

Need-Oriented Evangelism

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   An artist was commissioned to paint a picture of a decaying church. Many were astonished when they saw that he had painted a beautiful building with large stained glass windows. Through one of the openings could be see a majestic pulpit, a fancy organ and comfortable seating throughout. In the center of the painting was an offering tray for missions. It was covered with cobwebs from lack of use.
   At the end of the Gospel of Matthew Jesus tells us we are to “Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations….” There are many ways to be involved in obeying the Lord.
   We have seen children trust Jesus as their Savior through the children’s ministries of Awana, Vacation Bible School, Bible Clubs and Sunday School. We are meeting needs of children every Friday night by feeding the ones whose parents are in Celebrate Recovery. We have folks building lunches and supplies for homeless teens. There are many people in our church who meet regularly with friends who are growing closer to a decision. Others engage with international students for the purpose of sharing Christ.
   On the global scale, we support a variety of missionaries from those serving in foreign lands to those serving in strange new fields, from India to the gaming culture; we want to be obedient to the Lord’s command.
   Recently, we asked an assessment team to look at our church and they gave us a suggestion: do more in reaching the lost. Specifically, they challenged us to see the needs around us, meet those needs and share our faith. Would you join us in praying for this?
   We are committed to asking the Lord to give us His heart for the lost and His eyes to see the opportunities to speak to them. Join us as we seek out the Lord’s will for our church and our world. Pray regularly in your devotional time and join with others on Sunday evening at 6:00. Let’s ask the Lord of Heaven to move among us for the sake of those He died to save.
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Responding In Love

Last Friday was a big day for our nation. The United States Supreme Court ruled that same sex marriage is now legal in all 50 states. I am deeply grieved by this decision and saddened to see the way our nation is embracing and celebrating this sin. I am also grieved by the responses I have seen and heard, both on Facebook and in person.

In light of this I would like to offer a word of advice to all of my family and friends who read this. Think carefully about what you say—about the message you are sending. What are you communicating to those you say you love?

For my brothers and sisters in Christ, think carefully about the Gospel message. Does your response, post or comment promote or push people away from the Gospel. Our mission statement at Mountain View Baptist Church is, “Passion for Christ, Compassion for People.” This is rooted in Matthew 22:36-40 in which Jesus answers the question “What is the greatest commandment?”

“Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment, and the second is like it, love your neighbor as yourself.”

This command comes in two parts, the first of which is to love God. Jesus came and died for our sins, all of our sins. It is my hope prayer that everyone who reads this will come to know Jesus, and develop a true passion for him because he is truly what life is all about.

The second part of this commandment is to love people. Every person who walks on this earth is loved by God, therefore, we should love them too. We should cultivate and grow meaningful and positive relationships that are rooted in love. We should use these relationships to share the gospel of Jesus Christ. As Christians we are called to be all about relationships. We exist to be in relationship with Jesus, not just to follow a set of rules.

So if you can’t respond to the recent events without heaping shame or condemnation on others, or without being self-righteous, you fail to love God and people. Or, perhaps you feel a deep sense of responsibility to stand up for God and to protect his interests. Well, here is something to consider: He doesn’t need to be protected. He is the creator of the universe, and He is not caught off-guard by anything the universe can throw at Him.

Think carefully about what you say my friends.

We will have plenty of opportunities to share our thoughts, feelings, and opinions on this issue, but we must remember to do so in love. When we speak about this issue in love, we will find awesome opportunities to share the gospel.

 Think back to what you have said over the past week. Was there anything that not rooted in love and in the message of the cross. If you have said something that was not 100% loving towards others, apologize, make things right, and find a healthy and loving avenue to discuss this issue.

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