BIG IDEA: God sent his son to establish a church that would shine Christ in this broken world.
Matthew 5:14-16 reveals our new PURPOSE in Christ:
You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.
Church, Jesus taught us in The Sermon on the Mount that you are the light of the world because you have been redeemed by God to do good works in our broken world. Lets get to work!
Matthew 28:18-20 reveals the PLAN:
And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 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 all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”
We must go in to the world working to meet the needs of others and sharing the Gospel with them. We must call people to repentance and relationship with God. We must baptize them into Christ and His church and we must teach them to observed what Christ commanded. It all comes with a promise that God is with us in our mission.
John 16:7-8 reveals where our POWER comes from:
Nevertheless, I tell you the truth: it is to your advantage that I go away, for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you. But if I go, I will send him to you. And when he comes, he will convict the world concerning sin and righteousness and judgment.
This is a promise given by Jesus that after he ascends into heaven that the "helper" will come. This helper is the Spirit of God coming to live in us, comfort us, help us and empower as we go, serve, declare, baptize and teach. God is the one accomplishing the work by the power of His Spirit in us.
Church, God has saved you and established his church so that the world might know the Hope of Jesus in this broken world. Dr. David Platt often says in sermons: "You are God's PLAN A & there is no PLAN B." We are His plan to reveal Christ Jesus.
Let me say it more directly. You... and I don't mean you collectively here. I mean YOU who are reading this post were redeemed by God and placed in the Hope Church family to be the Hope of Jesus, along with the rest of our Hope family, in New Orleans, in your neighborhood, at your work place, at your school, among your family members and friends and yes, even in the most broken parts of our city.
God sent his son Jesus, Emmanuel, "God with Us" to establish a church that would shine Jesus Christ in this broken world.