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Thursday, May 16, 2013
Extreme Church: The Way It Was Meant To Be
The Way It Was Meant To Be” By Zach Wood Matthew 28:18-20, Acts -47
It is very clear that Jesus gave a command for his group of
men to go out and make a difference in the lives of all people.He gave the Great Commission for them to go
out and make disciples and to grow the Kingdom.He also calls us to do the same.
I once heard someone say, Jesus gave The Great Commission,
NOT the great suggestion.Jesus was
clear of the mission that needed to be accomplished.There is nothing more important than going
out, meeting people, helping them and showing them the love of God and bringing
them to the Kingdom to know Him.We
should be all about building the Kingdom.
There are so many opportunities we have to go out and be the
church.I really started understanding
this more the past 8 years that I was working in the secular work
environment.I worked in a warehouse for
that time and my whole perspective on people and lives completely changed.I saw people who were very real and not trying
to be what they are not.I met many
hurting and confused people.Did I take
advantage of every opportunity?No.I missed many.Many times, I found myself not really knowing
how to relate to those people.
What I did discover along the way was that people did notice
something different in me.I learned I
needed to be that example and God was calling me to be the church to them.I needed to be real and genuine and not shove
religion down their throat, but to be a model of God’s Love to them.
There are so many broken people in this world today.People who are in need ofChrist’s Love.I honestly don’t know of any greater command
or mission to be part of than to get to know people and to try my best to show
them God’s Love.
My philosophy about ministry is simply this in only one
word, “Relationships”.Jesus built
relationships with other people.He was
real and genuine and that’s the only way I want to be.I am not about getting to know people to get
them into a church building.I want to
help build the Kingdom by getting to know people and showing them I care about
them.I don’t want to be fake and trick
them into anything.
The church and the
world are full of broken people who need Jesus Christ.We have people come here and need His Love.God wants to use you and I to bring people to
Him.Will we choose to let Him use us
and send us out to show His Love to others?