1. Kristen Terry
    June 8, 2009 @ 8:34 pm

    Sounds awesome.
    First time in my life I’m gonna miss church while out of town on summer vacation.


  2. John Hodukavich
    June 14, 2009 @ 6:37 pm

    I would like to comment on your statement that “God has……given us a mission to build His kingdom.” In Matthew 16:18, Jesus says to Peter – “And I also say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build My church….”. In Matthew 28:19-21 Jesus says “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you….”. In Mark 16:15,16, Jesus says “….. Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. He who believes and is baptized will be saved… “. So according to Matthew, it is Jesus’ role to build his church – his kingdom. According to Matthew and Mark, it is the role of the church to preach the gospel, make disciples and to baptize. I think that this is a distinction worth making as it emphasizes our complete dependence upon Christ and guards against pride in any growth that God may, in his grace, choose to give.


  3. davidmartinhanke
    June 17, 2009 @ 2:11 pm

    John, great point. And well taken. I am personally reminded and we as a church are reminded almost daily of our dependence on God’s power to do the work to which He has called us. It is important for me to accurately articulate our dependence and God’s work. Nice work.


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