Stuck in How to Reach those Far from God? (Fall Campaign: Life on Mission)

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Today we hear from our Lead Pastor, Todd Ertsgaard, on the fall series that begins September 25, 2016. This is a great time to explore a topic in-depthly in services, in groups, and at an individual level. Find out more below!

There was once a crude little lifesaving station located on a dangerous seacoast where shipwrecks often occurred. The building was no more than a hut and there was only one boat.  Yet, a few devoted members kept a constant watch over the sea.  With no thought for themselves, they went out day and night, tirelessly searching for the lost.  Some of those who were saved and various others in the surrounding area who wanted to be associated with the station gave of their time, money, and efforts to support the work.  They bought new boats and trained new crews.  The little lifesaving station grew.

There were some within the lifesaving station unhappy that the building was so crude and poorly equipped.  They felt the first refuge of those who were saved from the sea should be a more comfortable place.  So, they replaced the emergency cots with beds and put better furniture in the enlarged building.  Soon, the lifesaving station became a popular gathering place for its members, and they decorated it beautifully and furnished it exquisitely because they used it as sort of a club.  As time went on, fewer members were interested in going to sea on lifesaving missions, so they hired lifeboat crews to do this work.  The lifesaving motif still prevailed in this club’s decoration, however – there was a memorial lifeboat in the room where the club held its initiations…

Eventually, there was a split in the club membership.  Most of the members wanted to stop the club’s lifesaving activities because they felt they were unpleasant and a hindrance to the normal social life of the club.  A small number of members insisted upon lifesaving as their primary purpose and pointed out that they were still called a lifesaving station.  These few members were voted down and told that if they wanted to save lives, they could begin their own lifesaving station down the coast.  They did.

As the years went by, however, the new lifesaving station experienced the same changes that had occurred in the old station.  It evolved into a club, giving way to yet another lifesaving station.  History continued to repeat itself, and if you visit that seacoast today, you will find a number of exclusive clubs along that shore.  Shipwrecks are frequent in those waters, but now, most of the passengers drown.

The message of this story is clear!  Christ has called us, His church, to be a lifesaving station in this world for lost people in dangerous waters (Matt. 28:19-20). 

And this will be the focus of our church-wide spiritual growth campaign, “Life on Mission, that will go September 25-October 30.  Together our entire church family will learn about God’s desire to use our lives, in cooperation with the Holy Spirit, to reach lost people for Christ. 

There is opportunity to focus on this significant topic at three levels: 

  • Large Group: Worship Services & Sermons
  • Groups:
    • Adults: Sign up for a Small Group & pick up resources at the Lifeon Mission table in the Multi-Purpose room.
    • High School & Middle School:  Sunday School Classes
  • Individual: Read the book and do the devotionals in the group guide.

So, let me encourage you to fully participate by hearing all six weekend messages in the series, praying for the moving of God’s Spirit and joining a small group.  New groups will be forming, and we’ll help you get connected with a group when you sign up, call the church office, or contact Pastor Brian. 

So, will you prayerfully commit to making Life on Mission a priority for you and your family?  There is no better investment of your time than making an eternal impact on someone’s life by sharing Christ with them.  Christ has called us to Mission to seek and rescue those in dangerous waters. I look forward to beginning this adventure with you! 

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