Living Invitations Part 13 Ministry Chat

July 20, 20170 Comments

Our Online Ministry Training ministry chat continues with the thirteenth installment in our Living Invitations Series. This week we will focus deeper on our mission. We will be using 2 Corinthians 5:11-21 as the foundation for this discussion. As we talk about being ambassadors, we want to look at the message we are to deliver. We are the bearers of the gospel, the good news of Jesus Christ. The Apostle Paul shares the gospel with us in 1 Corinthians 5:1-6:

1 Corinthians 15:1-6 (NIV)
1 Now, brothers, I want to remind you of the gospel I preached to you, which you received and on which you have taken your stand. 2 By this gospel you are saved, if you hold firmly to the word I preached to you. Otherwise, you have believed in vain. 3 For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, 4 that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures, 5 and that he appeared to Peter, and then to the Twelve. 6 After that, he appeared to more than five hundred of the brothers at the same time, most of whom are still living, though some have fallen asleep.

As a follower of Christ, this is the message of reconciliation that we are to offer to the world. It is the message we are looking to share by being living invitations. Christ died for our sins, He was buried, and He rose on the third day. He also appeared to hundreds of people who were living witnesses that the resurrection took place. This is the message by which people are saved!

Living Invitations 12

July 18, 20170 Comments

This weeks Living Invitations message is being posted here on Online Ministry Training as well as our Preaching in Shorts website. In this message we talked about the older brother in the parable of the Prodigal Son. We focused on the older brothers reaction to the amazing love and grace that the father had shown to his lost son. Grace is more than unmerited favor, it is something that brings joy and thankfulness. The older brother missed the grace of God entirely. The writer of Hebrews tells us to make sure that no one misses the grace of God so that they don’t become bitter. This parable is a great illustration of that verse as well!

Living Invitations Part 12 Ministry Chat

July 11, 20170 Comments

One of the things we try and do every week as part of our online ministry training is post a ministry chat on the upcoming weekend message. This week we will be talking about the older brother in the parable of the prodigal son. The church has a tendency to become like the older brother and we need to be vigilant to keep from going there. One of my favorite teachings on the subject is Jesus teaching in Matthew Chapter 20 about the workers in the Vineyard. It is easy to understand how unfair it feels to the people who labored all day in the sun and yet we are called to rejoice in the goodness of the landowner. Reading this parable helps me to evaluate how well I am doing in the whole older brother syndrome.

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