We closed out Mark’s gospel this past Sunday at LifePoint. It took 56 weeks to go through all 679 verses of the book, and we learned a ton. On Sunday we examined Mark 16:1-20, which contained the big idea: “The tomb is empty and the mission is on!”
Many people have been asking where we are going next with our Sunday preaching. We’re only four Sundays away from beginning Advent, a four-week Christmas series spanning the Sundays of Advent, December 1, 8, 15, and 22. There are five other Sundays left in 2013, four in November and December 29. For those five Sundays we have decided to do a series called Beautiful Feet.
For a number of months we have been praying as a pastoral staff and eldership about the direction God is leading LPC next. There are some really exciting things developing as we head into 2014, as we continue to gain clarity on God’s direction for the next phase of the vision and mission for and through our church family.
Suffice it to say, at this point, we know that the pace is quickening, the intensity is rising in our hearts, and the mission God is calling us to in Clark County and beyond is becoming increasingly apparent.
In finishing out Sunday’s final message from Mark with the big idea “the tomb is empty and the mission is on,” the closing challenge was to examine our hearts with the question: “The mission is on, but am I on the mission?” Paul talks about the mission in Romans 10:13-15:
For “everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” But how are they to call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching? And how are they to preach unless they are sent? As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news!”
Jesus came on a mission for us, and he is sending us on a mission for him. This will be the main thrust of our messages in the Beautiful Feet series as we examine the mission of Jesus in five passages from John’s Gospel. Here they are, with the corresponding dates:
November 3: John 1:6-9
November 10: John 5:1-17
November 17: John 13:1-20
November 24: John 17:1-26
December 29: John 4:1-45
These are amazing texts that I’d encourage you to examine leading up to each week’s sermon. Beautiful Feet will be a challenging and encouraging series in every regard, as we continue to prepare for what God is doing in and through LifePoint Church in 2014 and beyond.