All We Need is Love…Jesus’ Love

Lord, I am not ready to serve. I don’t know what to do. I don’t know what to say. I don’t have the time. I can’t afford it. What if I fail? Just like Jeremiah, I have given God excuse after excuse as to why I am not cut out to be a missionary and why I can’t serve him. There are so many better people out there to do his job.

But God doesn’t see it that way. We are his plan to share his love. He uses everyday people every day. He wants us to serve him just the way we are, in the place that we are, with the people that we are with because that is why we are there. He chose to share his love and good news through us, knowing that we could not even follow one simple direction in the Garden of Eden. He already knows we are not perfect, we are horrible at following directions, and we will make mistakes.

As crazy as it sounds, he still believes in us, has faith in us, and tells us to share his love. He is the creator of heaven and earth, so if he wanted perfect people who knew of his presence from the moment we came into this world, he could have made that happen, but that was not his plan. I think word “mission” or “missionary” can scare people. It sounds like it comes with big expectations. That is why I feel like I cannot do it. I like the word “plan.” It’s simple and something I can be a part of and do.

We are his plan to share his love. We get caught up worrying that we don’t know enough theology to share the gospel, what if someone asks me a question and I don’t have the answer? You are not God so you won’t have all the answers. And the reality is, most people do not become Christians because someone shared a Bible verse with them. Most people come to know Christ because someone showed Jesus’s love. The first step is to not do all the talking but listen to their story and love them for who they are right at that moment. Your act of kindness is what they need. Jesus’s acts of love throughout his time on earth was what brought the throngs of followers to him. When you consider how many pages there are in the Bible, we can see that even Jesus was a man of a few words.

We are his plan to share his love. In 2 John 1:6, the Message says, “Love means living the way God commanded us to live. As you have heard from the beginning, his command is this: Live a life of love.” Look around you, everywhere you look, you will see people who are dying to be listened to and loved. Here is our mission field: in the cars driving by you, in the malls walking past you, in the office buildings working near you, on the streets begging by you; there are people feeling alone, helpless, broken, and lost. It can be anyone: the CEO, the teacher, the mother, the homeless, the barista, the brother, the technician, and the children.

As we begin this New Year thinking about new resolutions, stop your excuses and challenge yourself to a new mindset, to see the world through God’s eyes. His mission for you may be big or small, global or local, but ultimately the plan is the same, to share God’s love. John 13:34-35 say, “A new commandment I give you: Love another. As I have loved you, so you must love another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” We act because we believe, we love because we are loved. Can you do at least one act of love every day? Can you share Jesus’s love because he shared with you first? All we need is love…Jesus’ love.

Watch Dr Scott Dudley’s Jan 8 Sermon about Jeremiah’s excuses to God.

Discover + Live Your Purpose Webinar

What if God is calling you, but you don’t know how to hear?  When Ted and I first heard the call to mission with Mission Aviation Fellowship (MAF), we didn’t know what we were hearing.  I well remember that Sunday, when after an MAF missionary did the “minute for mission,” Ted looked at me and said, “If I were ever going to do missions, it’d be something like that.”  I looked at him and said, “Let’s do it!”  Then we both laughed and forgot about it.  It wasn’t until nearly 9 years later, and a lot of late-night what-do-we-want-to-be-when-we-grow-up conversations that we finally realized that our continued interest in MAF might be God calling us into service.

Now, maybe you’re sulargere you’ve never had a situation like ours.  But how do you know?  How do people go about discerning what God is calling them into? Or how do people know that God is using them where they are? Right now, we have a unique opportunity at BelPres to learn just what it means to be called by God.

Discover + Live Your Purpose, a 4 week webinar on calling, is coming up October 7, 14, 21, & 28.  Taught by a bunch of cool people (see FAQ, below) who have experienced God’s call on their lives, this is a great chance to discover how God wants to use you, personally, and where.  Maybe it’s right where you are.  Maybe it’s something new in your neighborhood or city.  Or maybe God is calling you to far-off lands.  If you’ve ever wondered, this webinar is for you.

Be aware, though, that the company we’re using to present the webinar allows only 100 participants.  For a church as large as ours, that’s not a lot of spots.  One way to attend would be to register one person from your small group, the one with the largest monitor, then all gather to watch and participate together.  However you do it, I urge you to involve yourself in this webinar.  God is calling you.  Do you know how to listen?  Register Here.

 

Discover and Live Your Purpose Webinar FAQs

Where do I register for the webinar?

Click on the following link to register:

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/3835770927603179521

What is the cost to register?

Registration is free, but it is limited to 100 registrants.

Can I watch the webinar with other people?

Yes, the registration is limited to 100 people (computers) but multiple people can watch together from the same computer.  We prefer everyone registers who will watch the webinar so we have an accurate attendance even if they are sharing an attendee login (computer).

What if I can’t watch all 4?

It’s OK if you miss one, your access code will work for all sessions and we hope to rebroadcast the webinar in January 2016. We will follow up in a few months with options to view the webinar again.

Do I need to have technical skills to be able to receive and be part of the webinar?

No. But you should plan on logging on to the webinar about 10 minutes before it starts to get it up and running.  There will be a download from Citrix to run the webinar included. A side bar will feature a place to ask questions for the presenters and if you have technical issues.   Jesse, our host, will also give you instructions about how to interact.

Who is teaching the webinar?

Several of our staff members/pastors are presenting.

Week 1 (Oct 7)  will feature Scott Dudley speaking about “Created for a Purpose”

Week 2 (Oct 14) will feature Annie Duncan and Rich Leatherberry speaking about “Our Primary Purpose”

Week 3  (Oct 21) will feature Ryan Beattie and Scott Mann speaking about  “Your Individual Calling”

Week 4 (Oct 28) will feature Jess Rice speaking about “How to Live Your Call”

How long does each webinar last?

Each webinar lasts 1 hour (7pm to 8pm)

If I have other questions, who should I ask?

Contact Elizabeth Hayford in the Mission and Serve Department