the red key

if your church is full of members, you get an occasional missionary.

if your church is full of missionaries, the rest is geography.
 – erwin mcmanus
what a great quote! and what a great reminder that each of us is called, in and by Jesus, to reach out to those who are not experiencing the fullness of life that Jesus brings. we are missionaries – every one of us. it’s simply up to you to ask God where your mission ‘field’ is.

sunday we wrapped up the three-week series called Dare You To Move, but i want to remind you that the challenge remains before us:
to double in size by Easter Sunday 2009
the red key you received sunday is a token and a reminder. but it represents a very real person. a person for whom Jesus died. a person for whom God has unlimited love. a person who has so much waiting for him or her and just doesn’t know it yet… and YOU get to tell them! how cool is that!?!
sunday, i went quickly through four verses from the book of romans in the new testament, which simply explains the plan God has for people to know him and to receive salvation from sin and eternal death. here it is again:
1. romans 1.20 – for ever since the world was created, people have seen the earth and sky. through everything God made, they can clearly see his invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature. so they have no excuse for not knowing God.
2. romans 3.23 – for everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard.
3. romans 6.23 – for the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord.
4. romans 10.9-10 – if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. for it is by believing in your heart that you are made right with God, and it is by confessing with your mouth that you are saved.

if you haven’t read last week’s blog post, please do. and please do not hesitate to send me the names of people you are praying for. my commitment remains to pray every day from now til easter for every name you send me. and for you.
now go unlock someone’s eternity!
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