Last week we identified our first plumb line: The church is measured by what we do once we leave the building. We are indeed called to be a sending church, just like the church in the book of Acts!
Yet, week after week it seems that the excitement of going and making disciples gets drowned out by so many other things in our lives. Our excitement of the call of God seems not to last very long. Why is it that we have to be prodded and guilted into serving Jesus and living out our faith?
The church in the book of Acts had no such problem. No one had to tell them to share their faith. No one had to beg them to meet with the church body. No one had to make them feel guilty for not giving or serving or living out their faith.
They believed it because they had experienced it, and they never forgot what Jesus had done for them. J.D. Greear said, “What your church does best grows out of what it loves most. To send effectively, we must love the glory of God and the lost more than we love anything else. Then, sending comes naturally.” That leads to plumb line #2: The gospel alone produces the passion that sustains our mission. When we are overwhelmed at what Jesus has done for us, we cannot help but pass it on!
For many months now we have been talking and planning for a second campus in Munford. As we move forward toward 2016, it really is happening! God is working out every detail and His hand has been clearly seen from the very beginning. No doubt you have noticed the “pineapple” on the sign, mail outs, and banners publicizing the Munford campus. Although the pineapple will gradually fade away as a symbol, it has created curiosity and communicates the reasons behind starting a Munford campus.
There was a day when the pineapple was a treasure. Not only were they a symbol of hospitality and community, they were expensive and rare. If you had one and shared it with others, it was a great honor. Here’s the connection: We have a great treasure in the gospel. It is more valuable than anything. Just as the man in Scripture discovered a great buried treasure and went and sold all he had to buy the land where it was buried, so the gospel is worth everything we have. Our treasure is the message of Jesus and His great grace and forgiveness. We have this treasure within us, the Scripture says (2 Corinthians 4:7). We are called to share this great treasure with others as we love and live out our faith in every place.
So, what’s happening? Gateway has a God given opportunity to obey the Great Commission (Matthew 28:19-20) in a greater way. . .in a new community. . .to share with people that we might not otherwise be able to reach. We have been given the opportunity to multiply ourselves in a unique way to that this treasure within us can be shared with all who will call on the name of the Lord!
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Y’all are ROCK STARS. We loved meeting and talking to so many NEW FREINDS! We are already looking forward to seeing you again at The FALL FEST coming up on October 30th.