John 20:19-22 19 It was still the first day of the week. That evening, while the disciples were behind closed doors because they were afraid of the Jewish authorities, Jesus came and stood among them. He said, “Peace be with you.” 20 After he said this, he showed them his hands and his side. When the disciples saw the Lord, they were filled with joy. 21 Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father sent me, so I am sending you.” 22 Then he breathed on them and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit.--
This passage is telling us that Jesus' resurrection was simply the beginning of God's work needed done. This is why, on the night when the risen Christ finally appeared to his disciples, he breathed on them and said, "As the father sent me, so I am sending you." (John 20:21). What Jesus began, we’re meant to complete. Like the movie,"MIssion Impossible" might say, if you choose this mission? Our mission within the church is to bring the Word of God to all people. It is not to fix, judge, condemn or belittle but to do as Jesus began for all people.
So it begs the question to be asked; How can you be part of Jesus' work of restoring, not just people, but the whole world to what the Creator intended?
Almighty God,thank you for winning the biggest victory of all on my behalf. Thank you for calling me to grow, stretch and become more than I am as I join in your victorious work. Lord, may you bless the work of EOCC as we answer your call to go out and share the Gospel of Jesus Christ. In your Son's name i pray, Amen.
Meet the pastor
Rev. Pastor Carl Schreiber has been serving East Orrington Congregational Church (EOCC) since March 12, 2006