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Sunday, August 3, 2008

Making Disciples of All Nations

When Christ gave the disciples the great commission to go out into all the world and make more disciples through baptism and teaching they started in Jerusalem and then left into the rest of the Roman Empire into many cities, towns, and villages. Many were the differences in culture, tradition, and beliefs wherever the disciples went. In every place they arrived they were faced with new challenges and struggles. Yet, through it all they maintained the same Gospel message for each and every person. Regardless of the cultural situation the disciples recognized that everyone they met was someone for whom Jesus had died and won eternal life. The people may have been different, but the life-giving Gospel of Jesus Christ remained the same.

We are a result of this work of the apostles! They went out into the world and spread the message and the pattern has been continued even to this very day. We are the continuation of Christ's work through His church. But, of course this mission to go into the world is not to end with us. Quite the contrary! We who have received this life-giving message are to go out into all the world (which includes our homes, neighborhoods, places of work, circle of friends, etc.) and continue this work of bringing people to baptism to receive God's grace and teaching them to follow Christ.

Starting August 9th we will see this great commission being carried out in a new and exciting way for our congregation. We are going to start examining how we might be able to start and outreach to the Hispanic community here in Moorpark. Along with our brothers and sisters from Centro de Cristiano we are going to start discussions about developing a shared facility with a Lutheran Hispanic congregation. The initial meetings will begin at 9:30am that Saturday.

This is a thrilling opportunity for us to reach out to our neighbors here in Moorpark. If this is a ministry that interests you, please join us! I am asking that you would daily include this ministry in your prayers as we set out to make disciples of our corner of the nations.

Pastor Bob

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