2/15/2016 Connection Newsletter

Important Announcement

The Lord gives, and the Lord takes away. God graciously brought Wes Hileman to us last year to help us worship Him more passionately on Sunday mornings. He has done an excellent job and has been a tremendous inspiration and encouragement to us all. But his time with us is coming to a close. Due to changes in his work at the Bible Chapel (his full-time job), he will no longer be available on Sunday mornings. His last Sunday with us is tentatively set for March 27 (Easter). Please pray for God’s guidance as we chart our path forward without his leadership. Also, be sure to express your appreciation to Wes for his excellent ministry among us.

Core Values, part 4: Missional Engagement

Core values drive our decision-making and guide our planning. Methods and ministries change, but core values should rarely be changed. In our discipleship plan, I merged our six church core values into four two-word phrases. For several weeks now we’ve been looking at those phrases. Today I want to touch on the final one: missional engagement.

When we say we value missional engagement, we are saying that we want to be actively engaged in the mission of Christ to redeem people from every tribe, tongue, and nation. Jesus came to seek and save the lost. Our mission should be the same. Because lost people matter to God, they matter to us. Central to our service, then, is advancing the gospel.

Of course, it’s easy to pass this mission off to others in the church, to those gifted in evangelism or called to overseas service. You may not naturally feel inclined to be actively engaged in the mission to reach lost people. You aren’t “called” to go to other regions of the world to make disciples. That’s for missionaries. But Jesus’ commission applies to every follower. We are saved to serve. And the focus of that service is to find Christ’s lost sheep and share with them the good news of salvation.

The fact is, carrying out the mission of Christ will require the active engagement of every disciple. Because we value missional engagement at USCAC, we will intentionally focus everything we do on meaningful engagement in the mission of making disciples in our community and the world.

Then Jesus came to them and said, "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age,” (Matthew 28:18-20).

As the Father has sent me, I am sending you, (Acts 20:21).