Missions Conference by James Merritt

Missions Conference
James Merritt
01-28-07

1. LAST WEEK I SHARED A MESSAGE WITH YOU ABOUT HOW WE NEED TO BE TUNED IN TO OUR FEET AND HOW THEY CAN BE USED AS A METHOD TO SHARE CHRIST WITH OTHERS AS WE ARE ON MISSION AT HOME AND ABROAD. I MENTIONED THAT GOD USES OUR FEET "FEET" THAT BRING GOOD NEWS, THAT PROCLAIM PEACE, THAT BRING GOOD NEWS OF HAPPINESS, AND THAT ANNOUNCES SALVATION. WHEN YOU REALLY GET RIGHT DOWN TO IT, GOD ONLY HAS ONE METHOD FOR WHAT WE CALL "MISSIONS" AND THAT IS FEET. I BELIEVE WE OUGHT TO USE EVERY AVAILABLE METHOD WE CAN TO REACH ANYONE WE CAN FOR THE GOSPEL OF CHRIST.
• OUR FEET REMIND US WE HAVE A MESSAGE TO SHARE
• OUR FEET REMIND US WE HAVE A METHOD TO USE
• OUR FEET REMIND US WE HAVE A MISSION TO FULFILL

2. THE POINT IS EVEN THOUGH GOD'S MESSAGE IS STILL THE GOSPEL AND GOD'S MISSION IS STILL TO REACH THE WORLD, GOD'S METHOD IS STILL FEET, HAPPY FEET, THAT SHARE THIS MESSAGE, THAT FULFILL THIS MISSION, THAT USE THIS METHOD, ARE FEET THAT MAKE GOD HAPPY.

3. TODAY, WE ARE IN THE SECOND WEEK OF OUR MISSION EMPHASIS. I WANT TO CREATIVELY SHOW YOU HOW WE ARE GOING TO BE INVOLVED THIS YEAR, BUT MORE THAN THAT I WANT TO PRESENT IT IN A PERSONAL WAY. I WANT TO ASK YOU TO PULL OUT YOUR MISSIONS BROCHURE. AS WE TALK TODAY AND AS INFORMATION IS SHARED, YOU WILL SEE A LOT OF WHAT WE ARE TALKING ABOUT WITH EXTRA DETAILS IN THIS BROCHURE. LATER ON IN THE SERVICE I WILL ALSO TELL HOW YOU CAN REGISTER AND MAKE YOUR FINANCIAL COMMITMENT TO OUR MISSIONS OFFERING.

4. I AM SURE YOU REMEMBER THE DEVASTATION OF HURRICANE KATRINA IN 2005. EVEN 1 ½ YEARS LATER, THERE IS STILL MUCH WORK TO BE DONE. SO, THIS YEAR WE'RE GOING TO SEND TWO TEAMS TO THE GULF COAST FOR CLEANUP AND BUILDING PROJECTS. WE WILL BE WORKING WITH A CHRISTIAN ORGANIZATION AND THE FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH OF BAY ST. LOUIS, MISSISSIPPI.

5. IN APRIL WE WILL SEND A TEAM TO NEW ORLEANS TO DO CLEANUP AND RECOVERY IN HOMES.
IN MAY WE WILL SEND A TEAM TO BAY ST. LOUIS, MISSISSIPPI TO DO REBUILDING. AS OF LAST WEEK THE CHURCH THERE HAD OVER 1,100 CONSTRUCTION REQUESTS FROM PEOPLE IN THEIR COMMUNITY. THESE COME FROM BOTH CHURCH MEMBERS AND NON-MEMBERS AND THE PROJECT IS DONE IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE MISSISSIPPI BAPTIST CONVENTION.
WATCH THIS VIDEO. [RUN KATRINA VIDEO]

6. AFTER WATCHING THAT WE REALIZE THAT PEOPLE NEED JESUS. WE ALL DO. WE ALL SIN. EVERY ONE OF US. JESUS IS THE ONLY ONE WHO CAN TAKE OUR SIN AWAY. OUR "WAKE THE WORLD" THEME SONG SAYS THAT SAME THING THAT JESUS SAID IN JOHN 14:6,
"I AM THE WAY, THE TRUTH, AND THE LIFE. NO ONE COMES TO THE FATHER EXCEPT THROUGH ME." (JOHN 14:6)

• WE LIVE IN A WORLD WHERE ½ OF THE WORLD'S POPULATION, 3.25 BILLION PEOPLE, ARE CLASSIFIED AS UNREACHED AND ¼ OR 1.6 BILLION WOKE UP THIS MORNING WITH ABSOLUTELY NO CHANCE OF HEARING THE GOSPEL TODAY.
THAT'S THE WORLD WE LIVE IN.
• MISSIONS IS ABOUT GOD'S HEART FOR HURTING PEOPLE WHO ARE SEARCHING FOR PEACE AND PURPOSE IN LIFE. AND, ...


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