I pray that you all are having a wonderful first of the week. I wanted to take a moment and “unpack” a little more some of the thoughts I shared with you in my sermon yesterday. If you weren’t there I will briefly explain my sermon so that you may have some context relative to this post.
Yesterday I unveiled some ways I hope and pray that we at Pleasant Hill can move forward into the future relative to the charge we have to keep, of making disciples. I talked about how fruitful organizations do everything they can to focus on few things and do those things with excellence rather than focussing on many things and doing those things without excellence. One way I said that I think we could move forward is identifying “One Vision” for the church where everything that we do is centered around that “One Vision”. In that, I talked about how we still have to remember that we are called to make disciples not just where we are (NW Alabama) but also in the world beyond. This means that in our “One Vision” there has to be more than one focus. We are to serve our local community and the world beyond our doors.
While speaking about the world beyond our doors I used the global tragedy of human trafficking as an example of where Pleasant Hill could make a solid impact. Last night I was with a few of you at the Big Daddy Weave concert at the Coliseum. During the concert they took time to raise money for World Vision. World Vision is a Christian ministry that improves the lives of many children around world. You may familiar with this ministry because you may be a World Vision sponsor. As I was listening to the World Vision presentation last night, I thought to my self that a ministry like World Vision is also a possibility for Pleasant Hill. And there are many more. There are literally thousands of needs around the world that need the assistance from Jesus followers. I also believe that there are many more ministry opportunities and kingdom impacting ideas in the heads of many of our believers at Pleasant Hill!
So moving forward, I want us all to begin praying about just how we can be used by God to have the most significant impact on our world for Jesus Christ. “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria.” (Acts 1:8)
Let’s remember that our mission field is the world. We must start locally but we also have to go to Judea, Samaria, and beyond. I invite you to ad this as an intentional part of your prayer life. Sometime before the end of the year we will have a series of prayer services to intentionally come together and seek Gods face (as His Body), for His will at Pleasant Hill.