PASSION FOLLOWS CALLING

“The goal is to fulfill your calling more than to find your passion.”

Our real and lasting purpose can only be found in God, our Maker. As we draw near to Him, our ultimate calling is revealed to us, and that sets a passion in our hearts. First things first – pursue God, find our calling in Him, then passion will naturally follow.

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LOVE AND JUSTICE

“God’s love and justice collided in Calvary.”

As a just father disciplines a child for a wrongdoing, God also demands a punishment for sins. God cannot let sin go unpaid. However, He brought this punishment that should be ours on His very own son, Jesus, so that we, in turn, may be spared from eternal damnation and enjoy eternity — that’s how great and incomparable the love of God is for each one of us. Isn’t this kind of love humbling?

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THE TRADEOFF

“The kingdom of God is so valuable that giving up everything for Him and getting the kingdom is a joyful tradeoff.”

What God has in store for us when we surrender our lives to Him is an extremely great deal in our favor. In exchange for our guilt and shame, He grants us righteousness and peace. From the kingdom of darkness, He takes us to His Kingdom of light.

Allowing Him to rule and reign in our life is the best decision we will ever make.

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THE GOOD NEWS

“The Gospel is good news, not good advice.”

Jesus Christ has already won the victory for us by defeating sin and death on Calvary when He died on the cross and rose again after three days. This is the truth we hang our faith and our hope on. And this is the truth we need to declare to the whole world.

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JESUS HEALS THE BLIND

“Apart from Jesus opening our eyes, we are all spiritually blind.”

We may not be physically blind like Bartimaeus, but we’re all spiritually blind apart from Christ. We need to acknowledge that we cannot heal ourselves nor do anything worthwhile on our own. As the blind beggar cried for healing and mercy, may we also humbly ask God to open our eyes, so that we may see and experience the fullness of His love and all that He has in store for us.

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BROKEN TO WHOLE

“What are you willing to break so that you can be made whole?”

God has a beautiful design and a unique purpose for each one of us, but sin has caused us to be broken. God is tirelessly calling us everyday to surrender all our broken pieces to Him, because He is the only one who can make us complete and whole, nothing missing and nothing broken.

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GRACE CHANGES EVERTHING

“Encountering the grace of God will never leave you unchanged.”

God’s grace is more than sufficient to shower us with a fresh wave of hope, to continue to believe that He can turn our mourning into dancing, and to enable us to fulfill the purposes that He has for us. It is only by His grace that we can face each day with so much joy and hope knowing the He is able and wiling to breathe life to any situation we are facing.

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WHEN WE DON’T KNOW WHO WE ARE, WE END UP DOING EVERYTHING OTHERS SAY WE SHOULD DO.

“Where there is no vision, the people perish.” – Proverbs 29:8

THE CALL

God has called us to be faithful… faithful to the vision. God has given us a vision to reach campuses and communities in every nation.

THE MANNER

Pastor Rice Broocks, in our Every Nation Go Conference 2019 shared 3 ways we can accomplish this.

1. PRAY FOR THE NATIONS.

‘My house will be called a house of prayer for all nations’ – Mark 11:17

We are called to pray and to go to the nations. When Pastor Steve Murrell came, together with the original team that had an outreach in 1984, his mantra was “a Bible and a passport.”

To be a disciple and to make disciples, we need a Bible and a passport – a Bible so we can know God’s will and a passport so we can obey God’s will.

2. PRIORITIZE THE CAMPUS.

The campus is the source of future leaders. This is our stewardship. This is our calling. This is where the future leaders are.

In 1979, Rice Broocks felt the call to the campus. To this day, he still goes to the campus. It was in 1979 that he heard God say, “Change the campus, change the world.” We have done this. We continue to do this. And we will not stop.

3. PREEMINENCE OF THE GOSPEL.

We have a mission.
We have a vision.

But at the heart of what we do is the gospel.

Jesus is Lord.

Jesus came.
Jesus lived amongst us.

Jesus suffered.

Jesus died.

Jesus rose from the dead.
Jesus is still Lord.
He will come back one day to rule and reign as King of Kings and Lord of Lords.

THE MISSION

The body of Christ is where the manifold wisdom of God is revealed. Each part of the body has a specific calling and stewardship. We have to know who we are as a church and unapologetically do what God has called us to do and accomplish.

We are called to make disciples, train leaders and plant churches. And we are to do this in every campus and in every nation.

 

 

 

 

HOW DO YOU RESPOND TO TRAGEDIES?

While I was driving this morning, I heard of a story about a couple who passed by a bake shop. They saw a delightful and pretty Barbie cake on display.

So the couple stepped in and talked to the store keeper. They said that they wanted to pay for the cake.
“I’m afraid it’s been reserved for a couple who has a little girl celebrating her birthday today,” said the shop keeper.

“Oh, no, no, no… We don’t want to buy the cake. We want to pay for the cake,” said the walk in guests.
Confused, the shop keeper politely asked, “Sorry, I don’t seem to understand. What do you mean?”

“We want to pay for the cake. We won’t take it home. We just want to bless the people buying it. But we would like to write a note for the little girl celebrating her birthday.”

Apparently, this couple had a baby girl that was stillborn. They wanted to celebrate with the couple who had a little girl. Though they had a tragedy happen to them, they found ways to celebrate with others who were blessed to have children. On their note, they wrote, “Happy birthday, dear. Just like your parents, we had a baby girl named Quinn. But she was born sleeping. (This was their way to explain to little girl that their child didn’t make it.) We hope you have a wonderful day!”

We all go through unpleasant and difficult circumstances. But a lot in life is not just what happens to us but also how we respond to what happens to us.

Difficult times squeeze out what’s inside of us – whether good or bad.

May God give us grace to respond in a way that will bring honor and glory to His name.

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PHOTO CREDIT: https://www.amazon.com/DecoPac-Barbie-Birthday-Cake-Kit/dp/B01DONEADM

MESSAGE

“Let us not make it hard for others to come to Christ.”

As a community of believers, may we extend God’s love and grace towards those who are hurting, lost, hopeless, broken and in despair. As we experience His unconditional love and overflowing grace, may we show the same to those around us.

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