Our church desires to be actively engaged in the global activity of God. But with needs everywhere we turn – and a world that is more connected than it has ever been before – where do you start?
In Luke 10 we find a great interaction between Jesus and a man who is really trying to live life as God intends. Take a look at how their conversation unfolds:
On one occasion an expert in the law stood up to test Jesus. “Teacher,” he asked, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?” “What is written in the Law?” he replied. “How do you read it?” He answered: “ ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’’” “You have answered correctly,” Jesus replied. “Do this and you will live.”
But he wanted to justify himself, so he asked Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?”
Who is my neighbor? Our answer to this question has radical implications for how we live and connect to what Christ is trying to do in and through us.
At FIRST, we are really trying to redefine and love our neighbors well. We don’t simply talk about who we share a fence with anymore. We are drawing our circle wider and trying to love our neighbors near and far. Some days that means serving people in our community by meeting basic needs, helping them to learn English, or even helping with home repair. Other days that looks like meeting the needs of Somalis in refugee camps on the other side of the world or teaching life skills to immigrant communities in southern Spain.
What we are trying to do is intentionally place ourselves in neighborhoods and communities and then work to bring about change that resonates with Jesus Christ.
Our God is a God who sends and actively engages people. At FIRST, we are doing our best to be a community that reflects that same spirit. We are trying to live as a people sent into our community and around the world to share the love of Jesus Christ.
For the latest info on upcoming trip opportunities, training, and current happenings, download the current Mandate missions newsletter.
MISSIONS DISCIPLESHIP TRAINING
All those serving on a mission team this year through FIRST are asked to attend our new discipleship training. Mark your calendars, and plan to join us April 1 and May 6. For more information, contact Becky Blaine or check out the Mandate newsletter above.