Theme: Mission in our Communities
(Galatians 5:13) For you have been called to live in freedom, my brothers and sisters. But don't use your freedom to satisfy your sinful nature. Instead, use your freedom to serve one another in love.
A small boy and his sister were riding on the back of the new wooden horse given to them as a present. Suddenly the boy turned to his sister and said: “If one of us would get off there would be more room for me.” (Encyclopedia of 7700 Illustrations)
As a pastor I see, that one of the greatest challenges that we face as a Christian, is to grow from a self-centered individual into the likeness of Christ, by becoming selfless servant for Christ. The Apostle Paul tells us in this passage of Scripture, that another characteristic of being a Christian is that Christ has enabled us to overcome the selfish attitude of the old sin nature, so that we can serve one another in the newness of ourself with Christ.
Jesus spent His life on earth reaching out to people, teaching, healing, and helping them grow closer to God. As Disciples of Christ we are called to do the same.
We do this by reaching out and serving our community. We want to give of ourselves and serve others like Jesus did to help affect people’s lives in a positive way.
On Jesus’ last night with his friends, He could have basked in their love, felt sorry for himself or even try to escape. Rather, He did something strangely profound: stripped down as a lowly humble servant, and washed the feet of His friends. Jesus made his intention very clear.
(John 13:13-14) I am your Lord and Teacher. But I washed your feet. So you also should wash each other's feet. 15. I did this as an example for you. So you should serve each other just as I served you.
God’s call us to serve our community, meeting people’s needs, let it be physical or emotional, even before we settle questions of faith, belief and doctrine.
(James 2:15-16) Suppose a brother or sister in Christ comes to you in need of clothes or something to eat. 16. And you say to them, "God be with you! I hope you stay warm and get plenty to eat," but you don't give them the things they need. If you don't help them, your words are worthless.
Riverside is committed to reaching out to others in our community and the world. We embrace the truth. Outreach, evangelism, and missions are essential to being Christ followers and believe that these demonstrate the love of God and His church for all people. We are getting ready for these next two months as we will be reaching out to our community, our families, our neighbors in Casa Blanca. Amen!
“This generation of Christians is responsible for this generation of souls on the earth!”
– Keith Green
Bishop Jose M. Orona
Posted on Tue, October 6, 2015
by Marty Arias filed under