Thursday, June 30, 2011

Being on Mission with Christ at Glory of Christ Fellowship

Here's a devotional I wrote for our church's e-newsletter last week. I'll post this week's devotional tomorrow, Lord willing.

As the Pastor for Vision & Teaching at Glory of Christ, I have the distinct privilege of serving the Lord and his people by prayerfully discerning the direction in which the Lord is leading this church and then working with others to test and refine that discernment. The hopeful outcome of this process is that we as a church, as a people of God called by God to be his own, will live and love and work together for the glory of his name and the good of the nations and the joy of our own souls. This may sound lofty but it’s biblical and by the grace of God in Christ it’s our privilege (Eph 4:1-16; 1 Peter 2:9-10).
For the last year my discernment of the Lord’s direction has been strong and persistent: we’ve spent some years building an adequate theological and relational foundation at this church and now it’s time to put on the armor of God and take the gospel to every corner of the world, starting with our own communities. This movement has been confirmed in many ways and is now articulated in our church’s mission statement, namely, Glory of Christ exists to make disciples of all nations by living lives of worship, walking together in community, and engaging in the mission of Jesus that we may grow to full maturity for the glory of Christ.
Beloved, it’s hard for me to articulate how powerfully this mission rings in my soul and how significant it is for our lives together in the coming months and years. I honestly don’t know how to put into words the strength of passion and longing in my heart, but this much I know. God Almighty has planted and rooted us in this place that we might give our lives—our everything—to exalting his glorious name in Elk River and beyond.
And I know that this movement outward must begin in our hearts and homes, then in our Community Groups, then in our church as a whole, then through strategic partnerships with other God-centered, Gospel-loving movements in our city, state, nation, and world. We cannot do this but our hope is not in us, rather, our hope is in the God who called us and planted us and rooted us and is now sending us with his overflowing love and power.
Next week I will write about how this movement can begin in our hearts and homes and extend beyond them. For now, please join me in praying that God would complete this work he began in us all the way to the day of Christ Jesus.

Longing with you to overflow with the love of Christ,
      Pastor Charlie

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