Have you ever prayed for something and it seems so impossible? I did. My uncle Norm was so hard against the gospel. He said to me after I received Jesus in my twenties, don’t ever talk about Jesus in my house or to me. Wow, he was adamant!. Not long after, his wife Marge watched the TV program that our church had shown on Sunday mornings, and she gave her heart to the Lord. We were overjoyed, but how to reach Norm? Not too long after that Norm has a massive stroke and was in hospital paralised down one side. We visited him to care for him and cheer him up. Two days later his wife Marge dies in her sleep. Wow, we know that he had nothing else to live for, when we tell him she gone, he will have no will to live! My family all voted I should be the one to tell him. Thanks! They figured I was a pastor so it was my job! I said yes I would but I want to be alone with him. They all said their goodbyes and left the room. I told my uncle his wife had died. He was visibly shaken. I explained that God was real and that Marge had received Jesus as her saviour through watching the TV program. Norm, I said, “the only way you can see Marge again is if you surrender your life to Jesus. If you want to do that please squeeze my hand – he squeezed my hand.” I prayed a prayer of surrender and asking forgiveness for a life of rejecting God. He died 10 hours later!
Sometimes the task seems impossible – but god has other plans!
Our Mission as a church meeting in two locations is – Introducing Melbourne to Jesus.
What is your Mission as a part of that?
23 But when he reached the age of forty, it came into his heart to visit his brothers, the sons of Israel.
30 “After forty years had passed, an angel appeared to him in the wilderness of Mount [a]Sinai, in the flame of a burning thorn bush.31 When Moses saw it, he was astonished at the sight; but as he went near to look more closely, the voice of the Lord came [to him, saying]: 32 ‘I am the God of your fathers, the God of Abraham and of Isaac and of Jacob.’ Moses trembled with fear and did not dare to look.33 Then the Lord said to him, ‘Remove the sandals from your feet, for the place where you are standing is holy ground [worthy of reverence and respect]. 34 I have most certainly seen the oppression of My people in Egypt and have heard their groaning, and I have come down to rescue them. Now come, and I will send you to Egypt [as My messenger].’
THE CALL OF GOD IS THE MISSION OF GOD Our mission as a local church meeting in may locations is – Introducing Melbourne to Jesus. If there is one thing I would live you to know it will be this: – YOU ARE CALLED BY GOD INTO HIS MISSION
Moses was 80 when this call came. It seemed too late. It seemed like an impossible task. Moses was very reluctant, but God persuaded him! – You’re never too old, it’s never too late to be released into your mission! You enter into a partnership with God on His mission. For Moses the mission was deliver my people, this was the heart of God. It’s a picture of salvation. Moses task was clear, for every Israelite –
- Must have the blood over the door. – Passover
- Must go through the water – Red Sea – Water baptism 1 Corinthians 10:2 (AMP) And all [of them] were baptized into Moses [into his safekeeping as their leader] in the cloud and in the sea;
Moses had history – It was a history of failure, regret, a picture of humility. Yet God chose to use him. We are starting over with a compelling mission – Introducing Melbourne to Jesus. Will you partner with God and with us in this glorious task? It may seem impossible but God is able to do exceedingly abundantly above and beyond our highest dreams and prayers! What is your mission? How do you find it? You find it at the Burning Bush – God is speaking. Will you seek Him?, take off your shoes? Obey His command? I invite you to attend a DNA Class at the church one Sunday morning. Do a gift survey – discover your gift – seek God find your passion and call. If there is o
ne thing I would love you to do it’s this – engage in the call of God for your life. His mission is your mission. It may seem impossible but God has other plans!
- What is the purpose of your life – your calling?
- Are you aware that God called you to be a part of His family from before the foundations of the world? (Ephes 1:4,9-11)
- God has a mission – what is that mission in your own words?
- You are called to partner with God in His mission – what will you choose?
- How will you discover your unique calling within this divine overall purpose of God?