|Good Morning Everyone,|
Our theme for this month: “Fresh wind, fresh fire”
Our Bible verse for today: “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” Acts 1:8 (CSB)
Our thought for today: “Being on-mission with Jesus gives us fresh wind and fresh fire.”
There’s much I love about being the Pastor of Oak Hill Baptist Church, but without question one of the things I love most is the full-on commitment this church has to being on-mission with Jesus. The church takes Acts 1:8 seriously. We are eagerly and joyfully on-mission with the Lord, out in the world – in our Jerusalem (Cumberland County), in our Judea (Tennessee), in our Samaria (Kentucky), and to the ends of the earth (Peru, Haiti, Liberia, and Southeast Asia).
We have ministry partners in all of those areas and there’s never a time in our church life when we’re not in the process of preparing for at least one or two upcoming mission projects. The Acts 1:8 model of ministry is the heartbeat of our church life.
Today two other men from the church and myself will be delivering a load of new backpacks, school supplies, and clothes to our partners in the coal-mining region of eastern Kentucky. The people of Oak Hill Baptist have spent the last two months raising money, purchasing school supplies, gathering clothes and shoes, and preparing everything for this mission trip. The purpose is to assist our partner church in that area as they minister to the neediest families in their community. Personally, I’ve always found it energizing to be used by God to be the conduit through which His resources flow to people in need. Today we get to do it again.
In Acts 1:8 Jesus told us that we would receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon us, and it would be for the purpose of being on-mission with Him out in the world. Would you like some fresh wind in your sails and some fresh fire in your soul? Well visualize if you will, being lifted up and carried along by the power of the Holy Spirit! How much more wind and fire are you looking for? There’s nothing in life more exhilarating, energizing, or renewing as going off into the world on a new adventure with Jesus.
Being on-mission with Jesus will put fresh wind in your sails and fresh fire in your soul. I encourage you to get involved in mission projects and help to make a difference in this world for the cause of Christ.
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