from the joy of Easter and the message of new life in Jesus through his
glorious resurrection from the dead, we are now exploring in our morning
worship how we must take this Good News to others.
It was once
said that: “The Church is
the only society that exists for the benefit of those who are
not its members.”
(Attributed to both William Temple and G.K. Chesterton).
Mission and outreach is what we are all about -
it is our raison d’ętre. Jesus came to bring light and hope to all
people and then the Spirit was given so that the disciples might be
witnesses to the risen Lord Jesus Christ. Now the baton has been passed
down to us – along with the same anointing! It is up to us, the church
of Jesus Christ today, to share the Good News to our generation. God has
no plan B!
So let’s take courage and bring this message about the wonderful new
life we have found in Christ to others around us. The grace, forgiveness
and love of God are things that so many in the community around us so
desperately need to discover.
Let’s be inspired by how the first believers stood up to the religious
authorities of the day and confidently declared that Jesus was the
answer to all the questions in life. His Name carried with it authority
and power that flowed through the agony of the cross and out of the
empty tomb. At Pentecost the promise of the Father was poured out on his
people – the Holy Spirit to equip and empower them as his witnesses.
Today nothing has changed. We have the same great name and the same
wonderful equipping though the Spirit of the risen Christ living in us
who believe. Now we must pass the word on – through our lifestyle,
conduct and actions as well as through our words.
People need to see the difference of Christ’s love in action.
prayer is that we will all grow in our discipleship and find fresh
confidence in the Gospel – that we might say with St Paul -
am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings
salvation to everyone who believes.”
With my very best wishes as we press on together,