Lately, as our congregation enters its third major building project, we have been talking and writing quite a bit about giving offerings, budgets, and debt payments. The impression might be that our building project is all about money. But nothing could be further from the truth.
Of course, to Expand our Mission of Love, we will need upgraded facilities, which have a price tag. However, our ministry has never (and never will be) about money, but about HIS MISSION OF LOVE. The Lord’s great concern (and ours) is not money, buildings, or programs. It is A MISSION OF LOVE, a mission of sharing the Gospel with the lost who are living and dying without the comfort and hope that only Christ’s gospel can give.
Therefore, I was so happy when Pastor Backus recently asked if I would write and teach a Bible class on the apostle Paul’s mission journeys. This class will be an opportunity for all of us to focus on HIS MISSION OF LOVE and search God’s word for insights in how the first Christian missionaries brought the Gospel to the people of their time.
This four-week course will be offered on Wednesday evenings from 6:30-7:30pm beginning on Wednesday, September 12. The location may have to be the chapel if the fellowship hall is used for catechism class. Just come in the chapel entrance and there will be a sign as to where the class is being held.
The plan for this course (which we will call Paul’s Great Mission Adventures) will be to review and summarize the mission journeys of St. Paul, and then look for insights on the challenges and strategies of Christian mission work (which has always been our congregation’s main reason for existing). You are invited and encouraged to attend this class. If the Lord moves you to come, bring your Bible and a pen.
By the way, our synod has just produced a new video entitled “To The Ends of the Earth” which uses Paul’s visit to the city of Philippi to offer encouragement to be faithful in carrying out HIS MISSION OF LOVE. Perhaps we will have the opportunity to see this video sometime this Fall.