What do we do now?

Good morning everyone,
Our theme for this month: “Personal Responsibility”
Our Bible verse for today: “All authority has been given to me in heaven and on earth. Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe everything I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” Matthew 28:18-20
Our thought for today: “What do we do now?
At Oak Hill Baptist the way we approach our study of the Bible on Sunday mornings is, I select a book of the Bible that I am going to preach through, then we start in chapter one, verse one, and we study every major theme in the book as it comes up. So, whatever the next major theme is, that’s the subject for this week’s sermon. By approaching the Bible in that manner, we don’t pick and choose what we’re going to study and what we’re going to skip. We just take it all, exactly the way God gave it to us.
Over the last couple of years, we’ve been studying the Gospel of Matthew. This past Sunday we completed that study with a sermon on the last passage in the Gospel, Matthew 28:18-20 – the Great Commission. If you would like to watch that sermon (I encourage you to), you can find it on the Oak Hill Baptist Church website (oakhillbaptist.net).
These are difficult and perilous times we’re living in. Many people believe we’re living in the end times. Are we? I don’t know. Maybe. The fact is that every generation since the time of Jesus has believed they were living in the end times and that there were events taking place in their world which proved it. But all of those generations were wrong. They were not living in the end times. So, are we? Again, maybe. But it doesn’t really matter. Our job today remains the same as it has been for every generation of Christians who have lived in the two thousand years since Jesus first spoke the words of the Great Commission. We are to be on-mission with Him in the world, helping to build and spread the kingdom of God on earth.
We are to live each day with a sense of urgency that Jesus could come back today, and therefore people need to hear the Good News of the Gospel, and they need to hear it now. But we are also to plan and work as if Jesus isn’t coming back for another 100 years. We are to start new churches, send out missionaries, support Bible colleges and seminaries, and we are to plan for kingdom-building work for decades into the future.
For the remainder of this month, we will conclude our study of personal responsibility by thinking very specifically about what it looks like to be on-mission with Jesus in the world that we live in today. We will address some of the most difficult and challenging issues of our times, and we will consider how Christians must engage with those issues.
In the meantime, I encourage you to take thirty minutes, go to our church website, and watch that sermon.
God bless,
Pastor Jim  
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