What I read today

Numbers 31-32; Psalm 74; Jeremiah 8; John 6; 1 Timothy 1

“The saying is sure and worthy of full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners-of whom I am the foremost.  But for that very reason I received mercy, so that in me, as the foremost, Jesus Christ might display the utmost patience, making me an example to those who would come to believe in him for eternal life.”

The church has some, what I’ll call, secondary missions.

We are commanded to care for the poor, defend the widows and orphans, care for the sick and dying, and speak out against injustice.  I’m sure if I thought about it for a while I could add to this list, but I think this is pretty comprehensive.

But the real mission of the church, the primary purpose of the church is now and will be until Jesus returns, is to proclaim the Gospel.

Too often, we get wrapped up in arguments over doctrine.  We argue about when to baptize, what happens in communion, what type of worship, what Bible translation, or what hymnal to use.  The list of things we argue about goes on and on.  Human beings tend to overcomplicate things.  That’s what we do.

But the truth is our primary mission is simple.  Our mission is to reach out to a hurting world with the Love of Jesus Christ.  Proclaim the forgiveness of sins.  Tell the world about the Savior who came to the earth to take our sins upon himself so that we could be saved.

That’s the message in simple terms.

It all comes down to telling the world about what a man from Galilee did for you and me!  Don’t overcomplicate things!

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