Entrusted with the Gospel

Yesterday was our “Vision Update” Sunday.  On Jan 1, I talked specifics about Grace Community Church and what I believed God was leading us to do during this year.  Yesterday was exactly 6 months, so it was a good time for an update.

I am so excited for the plans God has for Grace Church.  It’s hard to put into a few words on this page all that is happening and the why of it all. Let me jump to the end. I ended with a brief picture of Paul writing to Timothy at the end of his first letter. Paul had just worded a ‘charge’ if you will, kind of a call to arms, “O man of God…fight the good fight of faith.”  Then he closes in verse 20 with “O Timothy, guard the deposit entrusted to you.”

I can’t go into all of it here, but you can listen if you’d like on our website, and you could even skip to the last part like maybe the 41 minute mark (how’s that, a pastor saying skip to the end!)

Not unlike Timothy, we too have had the gospel entrusted to us to carry on and carry out. I don’t know where we got the notion that this was an option. It’s a command, a commission, it’s a way of life. A way of life that says, “there’s nothing in the world more important than receiving what God has for me and then living a life in response to that gift of grace and passing it on to others.”

Telling the Gospel

Preaching sounds like only ‘preachers’ can do it.

Sharing sounds like the exchange of good ideas or new recipes or secrets on where the fish are biting.

But telling. Ah telling. That sounds like talking about something that I can’t wait to tell you about.  Like an amazing thing that happened in my life.  Let me tell you about it. Or about something I witnessed that I’m sure no one has ever noticed before. Let me tell you about it.

Tonight at 6:30, I’ll start a three-week series on the Essentials in Telling the Gospel.  If Jesus left us on the planet to tell others, then how come they don’t know yet? Why do we spend so much time, energy, resources on Christians talking to other Christians each week in really nice buildings, while people drive or walk right by us unnoticed, untouched and unchanged. This isn’t about guilt. It’s about a decision we need to make.

I’ll do my part to help you with the information you’ll need.  Truth is, God does most of the work.  But He does need us. It’s His plan, to allow us to be a part of the process.

Three Monday nights. That’s the only commitment you need to get started.