It’s About Time!
It’s the New Year 2016. At this time of the new year we make all sorts of time related statements and ask time related questions. “Time Flies” “Wow another year has passed.” “Where does the time go?” We even sing hymns related to time like “Another year is dawning.”
It is in this time of year when we reflect on the past year and push into the new that we need to be reminded of the call and command of Christ on our life and the opportunities to fulfill the mission of Christ.
There are key passages of scripture that encourage us to consider our life and purpose as it relates to time.
Ecclesiastes 3 makes us think in this way with the favorite passage on the events of our lives.
1 For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven:
2 a time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted;
3 a time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up;
4 a time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;
5 a time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;
6 a time to seek, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away;
7 a time to tear, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;
8 a time to love, and a time to hate; a time for war, and a time for peace.
Mark writes in his Gospel 14 Now after John was arrested, Jesus came into Galilee, proclaiming the gospel of God, 15 and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel.”
Jesus also speaks of his current time when he tells of the need for all of to get involved with telling the good news of Jesus. 35 Do you not say, ‘There are yet four months, then comes the harvest’? Look, I tell you, lift up your eyes, and see that the fields are white for harvest. (John 4)
Some crops require action once the field is ready for harvest and so it is as we look at the time we have to share the gospel.
This month we are going to focus in on the importance and urgency of evangelism. Through out this year we will be looking on ways that we can let our friends, family, neighbors and the world know about Jesus.
In January I will preach on evangelism and the importance of understanding the times. I hope you will take time to read through the scriptures and consider your call to make disciples. Simply allowing the people around you to know that Jesus is your savior and Lord.
It’s About Time !
The Commission and Need
Acts 1:6 – 11
The Urgency part one
Matthew 24:36 – 45
The Urgency part two
1 Thessalonians 5:1 – 11
The Ways and Means
John 3: 1 – 21
Acts 2: 42 – 47
Our theme for 2016 is also centered on evangelism. We will be stepping up our individual and church wide efforts to tell the good news of Jesus Christ. We will have opportunities for training and special events to encourage and inspire us to share our faith through words and actions.
On January 24 at 7:00pm we are having a meeting to talk about this year, contacting all our neighbors in a 10 – 15 mile radius and talking to them about their faith. We would like to make contacts in each of your neighborhoods to invite people to follow Jesus Christ and invite them to the church.
We have the privilege, like the angels on the hills outside of Bethlehem, to share the same story; “And the angel said to them, Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.”
Let’s spread the word.