Scripture Reading: 2 Timothy 1
In the past couple of weeks, our Lead Pastor Ben introduced the new mission statement of CedarCreek Church. In 1995 we began with this mission statement: “The mission of CedarCreek Church is to help spiritually restless and unchurched people become fully devoted followers of Christ.” After a decade or so we revised it to: “Our mission is to help spiritually restless and unchurched people to love Jesus, serve others, and tell the world about Christ.” Now, we are: “Inviting people to know Jesus and the life-charging adventure of following him.” Nothing has changed, really. Our mission is the same. Paul writes to Timothy, his “son” in the faith:
2 Timothy 1:5-7
5 I remember your genuine faith, for you share the faith that first filled your grandmother Lois and your mother, Eunice. And I know that same faith continues strong in you. 6 This is why I remind you to fan into flames the spiritual gift God gave you when I laid my hands on you. 7 For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.
Over the past 24 years, God has called CedarCreek Church to share our faith in Jesus with those in our lives who do not know him and to strengthen the faith of those who do. Our leaders continue to remind us to fan the flames of our faith and use our spiritual gifts to help the church positively impact our communities. God has not given us a spirit of timidness and fear! He invites us to enter into the adventure of following him! It is risky! It is entering into the unknown! It is the ultimate high! Our invitation is to enter into his power, his love, and his self discipline.
Paul goes on to say:
2 Timothy 1:8
So never be ashamed to tell others about our Lord.
In our day and age, as in Paul’s, this IS risky. But, it is part of the adventure of following Christ!
Are you ashamed of telling others in your life about Jesus? Can you tell the story of how you met Jesus and the life changing adventure you have had in following him?
Spend some time writing down the story of how you met Jesus and how your life has changed since then. Condense it down to a 1-minute version, a 5-minute version, and a 20-minute version. Share them with a Christian friend for refinement. Then, be prepared to share it with friends and family who don’t know Jesus.
Father, thank you for the power you give us through your Holy Spirit! Help us, Lord, to use this power to show others how you have changed us, called us, and prepared us to fulfill your purpose on this Earth! Give us the courage we need to trust you in this adventure to which you have called us. We are your ‘Plan A’ for reaching our world. There is no ‘Plan B’! Thank you for trusting us! Amen.
This post was written by Lauri White. Lauri is one of the 25 people that God used to start CedarCreek in the Fall of 1995, and was on staff until 2013. Lauri loves Jesus, and loves helping people, especially women, live out of the truth about who we are in Christ. She and her husband Mike live in Oregon, but now spend winter months in Florida near daughter Kelda and her family.
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