We are now in the wake of Labor Day and I have done just that! I have mowed the front yard and planted my fall garden. I am now sitting at the kitchen table typing these words. Here are a few thoughts about where God is leading Asbury.
As we move through the remainder of 2015 and look toward next year there is great anticipation that God’s vision is becoming a reality for Asbury. In my previous blog I spoke about God’s vision through the REVEAL event we had in January 2015.
Both staff and lay leaders believe that God has given us a word that will help us have a single-minded focus for 2016. That word is simply ONE.
The following three scriptures have been a source of divine guidance:
1. In John 17:21, Jesus prayed that his disciples would all be ONE, even as he and the Father are ONE. Though we are many, we are one in Christ Jesus. The unity of believers is essential to the health of the church and for our witness in the world.
2. Jesus’ parting words in Matthew 28:19 were “Go and make disciples of all nations…” These words were spoken to the small community of Christ followers just before Jesus’ ascension to heaven. It is important to note that it is the community that is given the mandate to make disciples and not just individuals. We are ONE community and we have ONE mandate, which is to make disciples.
3. The parable of the lost sheep is told in Luke 15:3-7. In the parable Jesus said that the shepherd left the ninety-nine sheep to go find the one lost sheep. The one lost sheep represents any person who is far from God. As Jesus prayed to the Father He said, “As you sent me into the world, I have sent them into the world (John 17:18). We are all to live as the shepherd and to be on a “journey to ONE.” We go and share the good news with those whom God give us the opportunity; one person at a time. Thus the theme for our GIC/Prayer and Missions Conference in February 2016 is “Journey to One.”
These scriptures caused me to remember a book I read many years ago: The Three Musketeers. The protagonist, d’Artagnan, had three friends, Porthos, Athos and Aramis. There were inseparable and lived by the motto “One for all, all for one.” We I think of our shared adventure with Jesus Christ, I think that is a very appropriate motto: One for all, all for one!
Stay tuned as I continue to talk about ONE and a big event that will be an opportunity for all of us to impact the kingdom of God for years to come.