Monday, May 25, 2015

Sunday Soliloquy

Sunday was a good day at Clarkson Baptist Church. The Spirit was evident in our church yesterday and there was evidence of the stamp of God all over us.
My preaching was not different, though I went off manuscript - big surprise there, I know. But it is amazing what God will use His Word to say when we are surrendered to Him. He reminds us of the need to be on mission, right where we are.
Our Jerusalem is Clarkson.
Our Samaria is the areas close by - Grayson County and Kentucky.
And of course, we can change the world through our gifts of time and money. God has given us the power and the mission to go.
It should go without saying that all of us are called, not just the professional ministers. The problem in the Western Church is that this mission has been farmed out to those that are paid to do it like so many other jobs. And why not, says the American voice? If we can get someone else to do it better, pay them.
The problem is that God uses the weak to shame the strong, and the foolish to shame the wise. We need to be reminded that God has called us all, is sending us all with His power and refreshing strength.
I'd like to remind you that if you are a Christian, it is your job too. Not just mine or your pastor's. Yours. But remember it is not your job to convince
Matthew 28:18-20 says, "All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. 19Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”