Confidence and Sufficiency

2 Corinthians 3:4-6

Such is the confidence that we have through Christ toward God.  Not that we are sufficient in ourselves to claim anything as coming from us, but our sufficiency is from God, who has made us sufficient to be ministers of a new covenant, not of the letter but of the Spirit. For the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life.

Today I received my ministerial license from the Evangelical Free Church of America.  The process was a labor of love which has taken the better part of 2 years to accomplish.  As I look at this nice piece of paper and the scripture quote above, I must always remember that my confidence and sufficiency in being a minister of Jesus comes from Him first.  Being recognized by the EFCA is awesome but nothing in comparison to the call from God to be His servant to His people.

Time to get back on mission.

If you post it will they come?

Do you think Jesus’ challenge to James, John, Peter and Andrew at the sea of Galilee to follow Him and become fishers of men translates to the world of social media?

Can we really reduce our relationship building, personal care, active listening and selfless service to a post, a Facebook Ad or a Twitter feed.  Is this really what “Go into all the world…” means?  Too often I am tempted daily to do just that.  It is less messy, less involved and easier to turn off than having relationship with real people, in person.

God forgive me for treating your church like a business or a marketing campaign and for trying to expand your kingdom within the noise of the world.

Who are the people in your neighborhood?

Come on sing it!  “Who are the people in your neighborhood? In your neighborhood. In your ney-bor-hooooood ooooh….”
Being a storefront- church means that my immediate neighbors are the other businesses attached to our “mall/movie theatre/building”.  The people who work in these places are the ones we are charged with ministering to.  From the Smoke Shop, to Music Go Round, to Lady Luck Tattoo and Royal Hilltop bar.  These are our neighbors and these are those for whom Christ died.  When you visit them, be kind, generous and ask them how you can pray for them.

“Love your neighbor as yourself.” – Jesus

Assurance

Am I saved?

Are you sure?

How do you know?

There is a moment in every Christian’s mind that doubts whether or not they are “saved”.  Did I pray the right prayer or say the right words?  Did I take the sacraments in the right order or do the right things?  What if I did it wrong?  How can I be sure?  Should I go out and baptize myself just to be on the safe side?

Take a deep breath.

Jesus died on the cross for the sins of the world and rose from the grave three days later to give us new life.

Plain and simple.  The cross and the empty grave are our “blessed assurance”.