Genesis 28: 10-17. Everyone has a frontline – a place where we do life or work and where we encounter people who don’t know Jesus. We don’t need to go looking for these, we are already there. We just need to see these places with fresh eyes.
‘So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: take your everyday, ordinary life – your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life – and place it before God as an offering.’
Paul to the Roman church Romans 12:1, The Message.
The latter stages of our “Church in all its fullness” series, during July, described the new / renewed Spirit-filled identity, purpose and boldness that we have available as we move forwards to the new chapter of our belonging, growing and serving. We now develop further what that means as we move into the “Frontline Sundays” / This Time Tomorrow resource from LICC. There is a week-by-week continuity of the series, and the possibility of life groups studying related material alongside the Sunday teaching, not to mention the opportunity for a weekly ‘giveaway’ to remind you of Sunday’s contact and add impact.
We read of excitement in Jesus in Luke 10 when the 72 return from their mission – He is thrilled with them, thrilled for them. It is one of the great joys of pastoral ministry: seeing people growing in fruitful relationship with Christ out in the places where they spend most of their time – on their frontlines, with the people that they naturally connect to, doing the things they do every day for Him. Alive in Christ in all of life. Monday to Saturday as well as Sunday. How can this become a greater reality in our church communities? How can we ensure that what we do in the few hours we are gathered together fuels God’s people for their mission in the many hours we are apart?
1 Peter 1:1–2. The church is a body of people gathering together and scattering out into the world. Despite being few, Christians can make a difference wherever they are, whatever they do, whoever they are. We are the church on mission – gathered and scattered – and we make all the difference in the world.