Dear Watermark Church family,
“Therefore, go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” Matthew 28:19,20
What is the purpose or mission of our church? Simply put, it is to lead people into a growing relationship with Christ. As a member of the church, or the body of Christ, this has implications for your purpose in life as well! For you are on a mission from God and for God!
Charles Haddon Spurgeon, one of the greatest 19th Century English preachers and theologians is quoted saying: “Every Christian is either a missionary or an imposter.” He pastored one of the first megachurches of the modern era, The Metropolitan Tabernacle, in London. Thousands of people believed in Jesus under his ministry and it’s estimated that he preached to upwards of 10 million people over the course of his life.
Do you think that he meant that all Christians are to be missionaries and relocate to various parts of the world and serve in cross-cultural contexts, miles away from
their home, family and friends?
In Spurgeon’s mind, at the heart of what it means to be a Christian is that you live your life as a missionary, regardless of where you live. God calls us to a life of faithfulness and obedience wherever we are found. Regardless of our personal preferences and cultural bias, our purpose is that we live as one who has been sent by God - a modern day missionary!
In what ways does the term ‘missionary’ resonate in relation to your job, your family, your relationships, and your life goals and plans?
Spend a moment thinking about what the Bible says about being available to God as His missionary:
- Isaiah 6:8,9 Then I (Isaiah) heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?” And I said, “Here am I. Send me!” God said, “Go and tell this people…”
- 2 Corinthians 5:19,20 “And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation. We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God.”
- John 20:21 Again Jesus said, “Peace be with you! As the Father has sent me, I am sending you.” (That’s us!)
Does the call of God for us to be missionaries shape and define your life and purpose on a daily basis? What first step can you take this week to be more intentional with the life purpose of making disciples of Christ?
The Watermark Christmas Dinner is THIS Saturday, December 1, 6:30PM – 9:30PM! Plan now to attend the dinner, which is designed for you to invite family and friends. An amazing holiday meal will be provided with turkeys, hams and all the fixing's and desserts! Christmas caroling will be a part of the evening festivities! Reservations are required, so let Peggy German know how many people you are bringing, and she will have a ticket for each person coming. Though there is no cost to attend, a donation of $9.00 per person is welcome.
Set-up for this event will be taking place during the day on Friday, 11/30 and Saturday, 12/1. Stop on by if you have a little time to help us prepare for the big event.
Approximately 20 Thanksgiving Food Baskets were delivered to local needy families last Sunday after the worship service. We thank all of you who volunteered to help with this mission of grace to our community.
It’s not too early to begin inviting your friends and family, co-workers and neighbors to our Christmas Eve Candlelight Service at 6:00 PM on Monday, 12/24!
The 20-somethings/College and Career small group is continuing Sunday, December 2nd and will be studying the book “Vertical Church.” The group will meet at JC and Saran Kellis’ home – 2081 Apple Knoll Lane, Middletown, 45044. See Isaiah and Kristen Hruby for more details.
The Men’s Fellowship Breakfast is held every Friday at 7:00 AM, and the location is at the Waffle House at the Monroe Outlets / SR 63 & I-75. Join with the men of Watermark Church for an encouraging time of fellowship!
The Prophecy and World Events class is being offered at 9:30 AM Sundays, taught by Pastor Ron.
Life Group: The Gibson’s and Settimos’ Life Group bible study meets every other Friday. Contact Paul or Nathan for more info.
United in the purpose of making disciples,