by Mikel Berger
Have you ever thought, “Why do we celebrate Easter?”
I’m not questioning if the resurrection of Jesus is worth celebrating. I’m asking why do we designate one Sunday a year and call it Easter or Resurrection Sunday? We celebrate the resurrection of Christ every Sunday when we gather to worship. So why single out one time of the year to give it extra attention? Because it is that important to what we are about as a church. We both celebrate it every Sunday, and we also call special attention to it one time a year.
And because of that resurrection, we have a mission. The Bible lays that mission out mostly clear at the end of Matthew’s gospel.
Now the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had directed them. And when they saw him they worshiped him, but some doubted. And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” (Matthew 28:16–20, ESV)
This mission takes many forms at Kossuth. We put it into practice every day. We gather every Sunday so that we might grow together as disciple-makers towards this Great Commission. But additionally, as part of Kossuth’s yearly “liturgy,” October is a time to emphasize our mission.
That mission takes forms in locations near to where we live and worship. It also takes forms in places very far from where we live and worship. Regardless of the geography, we view all of that work through the lens of church planting ministries, compassion ministries, and college ministries.
Mission Emphasis 2020, like so many things happening this year, looks a bit different. But it is better. Thanks, COVID! Two of the missionaries, or global partners, we have sent from our body will be preaching on October 18 and 25. We will have two other global partners that we have supported for years (decades in one instance) share with us. We’re going to have some video checks from former college students who are serving the Lord in churches all across the country and the world. We’ll also have some more familiar, local faces give updates on the ministries nearest to us.
As you listen and participate in the various events of the next several weeks’ multiple events, I encourage you to evaluate your participation in the great commission through the same lens that our church uses.
- Are you involved in God’s work in both near and far geographies?
- Are you involved in church planting, compassion, and college ministry?
Much like you might think about an investment portfolio and aligning it with your investment objectives and thesis, how have you allocated your money and your time in ways that align with the scriptures and the goals of this local body that you call home?
Scripture teaches that the local church should be the priority. So when you give Kossuth an offering, you are investing in the “mutual fund” of investments that our church makes. This investing is also true when you give your time to pray for and assist Kossuth’s ministries and partners. The elders and the mission team serve as your “fund managers,” selecting and overseeing these various mission opportunities. It’s a great way to align with your brothers and sisters at Kossuth. But it doesn’t mean you get to be passive. There is no missionary artificial intelligence robot wealth advisor that lets you set it and forget it for investing in the kingdom of God. You’ve got to be actively involved in the process.
Many in our body also choose to give their time and talents directly to ministries we already support as a church or to other ministries that they’ve learned about from previous churches or just areas where they see God working.
Use the month of October to evaluate your portfolio. Come ready to ask questions, go deeper, and get involved. Here are just a few of the opportunities you’ll have to do that:
- October 11 at 9:15 am - Potential global partner presenting during Connection Hour and Worship Gathering.
- October 18 at 9:15 am - Connection Hour focused on local outreach ministries and business as missions. Update from a global partner and a sermon by another global partner during the worship gathering. Following the gathering, there will be lunch with a global partner to discuss faith and work. Limited numbers and registration is required (Register here.)
- October 19 - Perspectives class continues. If you’re not part of the course, take a few moments to pray for those in our body and from many local churches that are taking part in this mission class over several months.
- October 21 at 7:00 pm - Zoom prayer meeting with a mission emphasis with a global partner leading the devotional.
- October 24 at 8:30 am - Our monthly mission-focused prayer gathering.
- October 25 at 9:15 am - Connection Hour will be focused on our ministry to orphaned and vulnerable children, Engage, and our various college ministries on Purdue’s campus. The worship gathering will include a sermon from another global partner.