Obedience and Mission


Posted on January 10th, by Bloomington First Church in Pastor's Connection. Comments Off on Obedience and Mission

Last Sunday we talked about the “impact of mission” and that God calls us, equips us and empowers us to be effective in His mission (which is also OUR mission) on a regular basis. Jesus detailed what this impact looks like in Acts 1:8. The Holy Spirit would be the “instigator of impact” by prompting believers to action. The believer’s response is to step out in obedience, thus inviting the powerful presence of Christ to prevail as God’s will is accomplished. Jesus goes on in that verse to describe the places where this impact is effective: Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria and to the ends of the earth. We applied those parameters to our social connections and realized it looks like: family, friends and fringe (casual meetings, the marginalized, acquaintances, folks we haven’t met yet, etc). God has called YOU to make an impact in His continued mission to reach the lost. This Sunday we will push on into Acts 2 (not focusing on the “bookends” of Pentecost and the fellowship of believers), but rather Peter’s sermon in the middle! We will consider some amazing acts of obedience that bring about some amazing results! I encourage you to read this section before Sunday and look for the acts of obedience that prompt God’s amazing activity. Then ask yourself these questions: “Am I being obedient to the nudgings of the Holy Spirit? What would happen in our church if every Spirit-filled believer obeyed God’s leading? Is it possible that amazing acts of God are connected to the obedience of His people? What will we do to usher in such amazing responses of God’s power and grace?” If Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever (Hebrews 13:8), He is still calling, prompting, equipping, empowering and making effective the impact of mission in the lives of obedient believers. That’s what I want to be a part of, don’t you? Sign me up! Sign BFC up, Lord! Come…fill us…use us!  ~ PB





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