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Mission (3 of 7)
Series: Authentic Christianity
• In 1965 lyricist Hal David and music composer Burt Bacharach teamed up to write a song which was recorded and released by Jackie DeShannon and climbed to #7 on the US charts. The title of that song was "What the world needs now is love." The lyrics were very simple, "What the world needs now is love sweet love, it's the only thing that there's just too little of. What the world needs now is love sweet love, no not just for some but for everyone." While I don't care to make this song my personal piñata. But we do need to be clear the kind of love this world needs. It is God's love or Agape Love. The only way to attain this love is through Jesus because no one comes to God except through Jesus. The better song might be, "What the world needs now is Jesus sweet Jesus. He's the only thing that there's just too little of, and no not just for some, but for everyone." If people are to 'have' Jesus, then believers must sharing Jesus. This is to be our mission.
• I submit to you that the very reason this culture, this country, and the massive number of churches in this country are decaying is because of the brand of Christianity which is so prevalent. It is foreign to scripture and lives without a mission.
• Here is a question for each of us to chew on: "What is YOUR mission for YOUR life?" Is it to make a living, to live comfortably, to take care of your family, to be a good parent/grand-parent, or is it something else? Sadly, the brand of Christianity which is so evident today is a puny counterfeit for what Christ died.
• God designed you, He created you, and He saved you for a mission, and a mission of eternal consequence. We tend to focus on today while He focuses on tomorrow. We are concerned about the things of earth which will pass away and God calls us to be concerned about the things of heaven which will never pass away.
• Before I continue, take a step back. Back ...
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