Pastor Doug recently concluded a three-part sermon series on the OSLC mission statement “Knowing Jesus! Growing in Jesus! Sharing Jesus”. Videos and materials from the sermon series are available through the links below:
From the first sermon “Knowing Jesus”
YouTube video of Jesus Throughout the Bible – A Word from the Valedictorian of Vacation Bible School
Handout from Knowing Jesus
From the third sermon “Sharing Jesus!”
Vimeo video of The Story of Jonah
Handout from Sharing Jesus
A word from Pastor Doug about the sermon series:
Two of the most important instructions Jesus gives to his disciples, to each of us as Christ followers, are the Great Commission and the Great Commandment.
The Great Commission is found at the end of Matthew’s gospel where our Lord Jesus sends us into the world with his command, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” Matthew 28:18-20
The Great Commandment is found near the end of Matthew’s gospel where our Lord Jesus is asked the question, ‘Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?’ Verses 37-40 of the 22nd chapter provide us Jesus’ response where he states, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first command. And a second is like it, you shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commands depend all the Law and the Prophets.” Mark and Luke also provide the account of Jesus referencing the Great Commandment.
The first three Sunday worship services in February we will be revisiting these vitally important Biblical instructions as we focus on our OSLC mission statement, Knowing Jesus, Growing in Jesus, Sharing Jesus. My goal is to bring our mission statement before the congregation, to memorize it, to teach its meaning for us as present day disciples of Christ, and to encourage our faith family to use it to guide our ministry and mission efforts for our future together.
It is not unusual for church bodies in this modern era to lose sight of what ministry and mission opportunities and responsibilities we share as people of faith and as communities of faith. If we are not using a mission statement to guide our decision making process and our ministry together then we are tempted to create our own plan of action. That of course can lead to fragmenting our efforts, undermining the Spirit driven plans for our future together and sometimes even creating conflict.
My prayer is that the OSLC mission statement will be known and appreciated by all age groups in our congregation and that we invest our God-given time, talents and treasures in Knowing Jesus, Growing in Jesus, Sharing Jesus. I hope to see you in worship this February!
In His service, Pastor Doug