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His Mission, Our Mission
16 So He came to Nazareth, where He had been brought up. And as His custom was, He went into the synagogue on the Sabbath day, and stood up to read. 17 And He was handed the book of the prophet Isaiah. And when He had opened the book, He found the place where it was written:
18 “The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me,
Because He has anointed Me
To preach the gospel to the poor;
He has sent Me [a]to heal the brokenhearted,
To proclaim liberty to the captives
And recovery of sight to the blind,
To set at liberty those who are [b]oppressed;
19 To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord.”
20 Then He closed the book, and gave it back to the attendant and sat down. And the eyes of all who were in the synagogue were fixed on Him. 21 And He began to say to them, “Today this Scripture is fulfilled in your hearing.”
What if instead of asking God to bless our plans, we asked God to let us participate in His plan?
- Our job would be to figure out what Jesus was passionate about.
- Our job would be to learn how to do the things Jesus was passionate about.
- Our job would be to do the things Jesus was passionate about.
What would happen if we allowed the Holy Spirit to be the leader of the church?
- The Holy Spirit would be welcome at all our gatherings
- The Holy Spirit would be expected to lead us in all we do.
- The Holy Spirit would empower us to do what Jesus was passionate about.
- To lead people into the presence of God.
- To train people how to do the stuff Jesus did.
- To facilitate fellowship with other believers.
- To release people into their communities and the world.