There is risk in knowing. Once something gets into our heads, we—whether consciously or subconsciously—decide if we’ll allow it to drift into our hearts and make it all the way out through our hands. It is through the renewal of our minds that we are transformed and our calling becomes so ingrained that we can’t help but to feel and do.
How can one person impact such a big problem? This week, we examine how the actions of one person can make a huge impact. Though our church’s global partnerships are active year-round, we take an intentional Sunday each year—"Africa Sunday", if you will—to focus in on God’s mission in the world and how we can each be a part of it.
As casual observers, we often glance at this fallen world, holding out hope for better days and crossing our fingers that something brighter is coming on the horizon. Jesus was far from a casual observer of this world. Through his teaching of “The Good Samaritan”, he shows the imperative nature of slowing down, showing mercy, and joining him in bringing the Kingdom of God, as it is in heaven, to earth.
For unto us a child is born, to us a son is given - a Savior has come. Each year, we celebrate the arrival of Jesus, the Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace . God is with us indeed!
Centuries before the manger, a prophecy of the Messiah was given. Proclaiming the coming of a child who would grow into a man of empathy, power, care, and an everlasting grace that would save us all. Who would enter into the darkness of our world that has always existed and change everything. Whose kingdom, mercies, and peace would know no end. But until then, the earth held its breath. Jesus living into his names—fulfilling the promises of who this baby would become—changes us all as different aspects of his character find their place in us.
God reveals something significant about himself when a body of believers acts on their faith together. When we, as individuals within a community, commit to confessing, serving, edifying, and encouraging, we get a long way toward what community is built for.
Over the next nine weeks, we will be looking to the character of God and how he defines and exemplifies the attributes of the fruit of the Spirit. That fruit, in us, is the evidence that we’re following Jesus closely and remaining in him, the vine.
Easter is the pinnacle of the year for believers; it’s the most important day. But the familiarity of the story sometimes causes us to forget the drama that surrounded this day that changed the course of the world.
We know that God wants us to be a part of what he is doing in bringing hope in very desperate circumstances. This Africa Sunday, we looked at how we engage in global ministry at Summit and at Jeremiah 32. Like Jeremiah, God invites us to invest in the long shot and trust him to set the world to rights.