First Steps – July 16, 2018

What do you believe about baptism?  Baptism is a commitment to mission.  It does not make sense apart from the practice of evangelism, conversion to Jesus, initiation into the kingdom of God, and the life of discipleship.  When Jesus gave the Great Commission (Matthew 28:18-20), he used the word “Go.” It is in the present continuous tense that could be translated, “As you are going… .” It doesn’t mean exclusively going overseas on long or short-term mission projects.  Nor does it mean staying to do the same kinds of projects with needy people at home. Rather, it implies that the business of making disciples is something that emerges organically as we go through everyday life and among the networks of relationships we make along the way.

This is what Jesus did. Wherever we might live, the mission field is on the doorstep of our everyday lives. For some of us, going where Jesus sends will mean leaving home and living with a doorstep that opens onto a very unfamiliar world.  But for all of us, going where Jesus sends means crossing the threshold as ordinary missionaries into the world around us that needs to hear the gospel.

 

 

This week’s reading:

  • Monday – 2 Corinthians 11
  • Tuesday – 2 Corinthians 12
  • Wednesday – 2 Corinthians 13
  • Thursday – Matthew 1
  • ​Friday – Matthew 2

Please Pray for:

  • ​Our nation and our leaders.
  • Those grieving the loss of loved ones.
  • Our families, homes, workplace, church, and community.
  • ​Ongoing Building Renovations, Modifications, and Phase 3: Construction of New Youth Building and rear parking.

First Steps – July 9, 2018

Someone once told me our gifts and spiritual abilities are not given to us fully developed. We must grow into our gifts.  When we receive the gifts, however, they already have all the power or energy to fulfill God’s purposes.  Yet, we must discover the nature and scope of our gifts.  We must grow into our gifts and allow them to fully develop by using them.  The more we use them, study them, talk about them, and even experiment with them, the more effective they are.  The key is for us to have the courage to use what God has already given us.  Even if it is uncomfortable or you think you can’t do it, use them.  Trust what God is doing in you and in the world.

This week’s reading:

  • Monday – 2 Corinthians 6
  • Tuesday – 2 Corinthians 7
  • Wednesday – 2 Corinthians 8
  • Thursday – 2 Corinthians 9
  • ​Friday – 2 Corinthians 10

Please Pray for:

  • ​Our nation and our leaders.
  • ​St. Paul Church family.​
  • Those grieving the loss of loved ones.
  • Our families, homes, workplace, church, and community.
  • ​Ongoing Building Renovations, Modifications, and Phase 3: Construction of New Youth Building and rear parking.

First Steps – July 2, 2018

This week’s First Steps comes with a task—The Fourth of July is about freedom – liberty. Yet, it’s something we take for granted.  So, make a list of 15 things you are grateful for, AND then give thanks to God for the freedom you have.  How fortunate we are to be living at a time like this and in a country like this.

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This week’s reading:

  • Monday – 2 Corinthians 1
  • Tuesday – 2 Corinthians 2
  • Wednesday – 2 Corinthians 3
  • Thursday – 2 Corinthians 4
  • ​Friday – 2 Corinthians 5

 

Please Pray for:

  • ​Our nation and our leaders.
  • ​St. Paul Church family.​
  • Those grieving the loss of loved ones.
  • Our families, homes, workplace, church, and community.
  • Ongoing Building Renovations, Modifications, and Phase 3: Construction of New Youth Building and rear parking.