You Are The Church
Michael's last sermon with us before he heads off to his new charge..
You Are The Church
In case you missed it, last Sunday during the monthly mission minute, Beth B. spoke about how the missions committee has decided that for right now, their mission is the church. This is something that came about during annual conference as she and I spoke about what Cahill has gone through and where we could be going. The verse that is driving this direction is Acts 1:8 where Jesus tells His disciples, "But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”
This is an interesting Scripture. It is the final word of Jesus we have recorded before He ascends into Heaven. He clearly tells His disciples to start where they are (in Jerusalem), then to go into Judea and eventually the rest of the earth. Start where they are. While we want to be missional and go make disciples of all men, there are times when we need to make the church our mission. Time to stop, lick our wounds, and then regroup. Jerusalem first.
We simply cannot be as effective as possible in making disciples as we could be if we do not take care of ourselves.
Think of riding an airplane. The flight attendant always tells you to put your oxygen mask on first, then help your children. Why? Because you can’t effectively help someone until you take care of yourself first. (This is why we are suppose to seek God first and foremost in all things.)
To this end, I encouraged the mission team to think of ways to help the congregation become more effective. While several ideas were tossed out, the two that really stuck was having a study on prayer and also making sure people serve on committees they care about.
It is my understanding that there are several committees with members who have no idea they are even on the committee. I truly believe committees can be a great thing when used properly and by people who have a vested interest in what the committee supports. The Cahill committees need to be realigned and organized with people who want to be there and be a part of it—this is essential to your church health and vitality.
Well...what do you care about? What are you talented at? Where are you passionate?
For some of us, these are easy questions to answer. For the rest of us, not so much.
The mission team decided that if you are unsure how to answer those questions but would love to help your church, a good place to start is taking a spiritual gifts assessment. It is very simple. You can do it anonymously. It takes than 5 minutes. Your answers aren’t kept online or anywhere else. Your results are yours and yours alone. You get your answers immediately.
You can keep the answers to yourself or you can share them with others. Even if you feel you have a handle on where you want to help serve the church, this simple test can give you insight into other areas you might not have considered. I want to encourage you to take the assessment. See what happens. Here is the link:
Once you have an idea of your spiritual gifts and talents, I want to encourage you to look for ways to use them. Committees can be a great way to start. And if you know what you’re gifted at and where your passions are, you will be ready to serve the church when the time comes.
Go in grace and grow in grace. I love you all…