Currently, we are in a short series about the state of the church. We’ve entitled it: Connect 4
- Connecting with God
- Connecting with each other
- Connecting with our community
- Connecting with our world.
It’s about personal Renewal, Repentance, Revival and Reaching our world for the Lord Jesus.
This past week (2/1), we talked about Reaching Our World. Beginning our time, we looked at what many Bible teachers call the "Romans Road to Salvation." It's called this because it looks specifically at the New Testament book of Romans to find a clear, concise, simple presentation of the Good News of Jesus Christ. In other words, it answers the question: "What must I do to be saved?" (Acts 16:30) Let's take a look together:
- Romans 3:23 - "For fall have sinned and fall short of the glory of God."
- Romans 6:23 - "For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord."
- Romans 5:8 - "But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us."
- Romans 10:9-10 - "If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved."
From this point, we'll specifically look at Romans 10. In this rich text, we'll see how we can - as a First McKinney faith family - reach the world around us for Jesus Christ.
- Everyone who's been saved has called on Jesus Christ (Romans 10:13).
- Everyone who called on Jesus believed in Him (Romans 10:14).
- Everyone who believes in Him - has heard about Him (Romans 10:14).
- Everyone who's heard about Him did so through a messenger (Romans 10:14).
- Every messenger has to be sent (Romans 10:15).
Jesus said in John 20:21 “As the Father has sent me, even so I am sending you.” If you want to hear the words “well done” one day in heaven then right now we need to get out there and “do well” so that it can be truthfully said of over our lives - “well done!” As followers of Jesus, ALL of us are senders! Missions is not a denominational responsibility. The local church is the sending agency and our denomination partners with the local church to assist and support us to do the assignment we’ve been given.
So, what's it look like to be a "sender"?
As a faith-family community, let's respond to God's Word by looking at two clear options:
- Pray about what being messenger/sender looks like in your life. In other words, how is the Good News of the Gospel being shared in your life?
- Become familiar with what God is doing through His church here at First McKinney. Then, ask: How can I be involved?