Thursday, September 21, 2006

Advance to go: Guildford!

Surrey freshers week is in full-flow. Tonight is the first Christian Union meeting. Christian Unions are Mission Teams, so when we meet the aim is to get equipped for mission. To hear what God has been doing, to pray - and then to have God speak through his word. And then to head back out together into the missionfield to live and speak for Jesus.

Orlando Saer is down tonight to preach from this, in Mark's gospel!
Jesus began telling his disciples what would happen to him. He said, "The nation's leaders, the chief priests, and the teachers of the Law of Moses will make the Son of Man suffer terribly. He will be rejected and killed, but three days later he will rise to life." Then Jesus explained clearly what he meant.
Peter took Jesus aside and told him to stop talking like that. But when Jesus turned and saw the disciples, he corrected Peter. He said to him, "Satan, get away from me! You are thinking like everyone else and not like God."

Jesus then told the crowd and the disciples to come closer, and he said:

If any of you want to be my followers, you must forget about yourself. You must take up your cross and follow me. If you want to save your life, you will destroy it. But if you give up your life for me and for the good news, you will save it. What will you gain, if you own the whole world but destroy yourself? What could you give to get back your soul?

Don't be ashamed of me and my message among these unfaithful and sinful people!
If you are, the Son of Man will be ashamed of you when he comes in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.

Take it further. Advance to go. Enjoy John Piper - Doing Missions When Dying is Gain

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