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August 12, 2019, 6:00 AM

Daily Inspiration: Unpacking Our Purpose: Developing 1


Developing Today’s Disciples

Jesus’ Purpose

 

Matthew 28:19-20

And Jesus came and said to them, “…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.

 

Thought for Today

Why are we here? I don’t mean the grand ontological question of individual existence, I mean the church? What is our purpose? What did God intend when He created the Church? The answer depends on whom you ask. If you ask conservative Evangelicals you will likely get an answer like, “to save souls.” They would say we exist to find lost people bound for hell and change their eternal destiny. I would argue that this is a function of the Church but not its purpose. Others might say, “to proclaim the Word of God in truth and purity.” Again, I would argue that this is a function of the Church, you have to do this to be a church, but not its purpose. If you ask Jesus, the founder of the Church, why He placed the Church on earth, He would tell you, “to make disciples.” This is the last thing He told His disciples before He left for heaven: “Go and make disciples of all nations…” Saving lost sinners and proclaiming His Word are part and parcel to this mission, but neither is the endgame for Jesus. Jesus wants to gather people who know and love Him to be a part of the grand adventure of building His Kingdom! He wants to live, love, and grow with you every day. It is not a process that ended when you were baptized or came to faith. It is not finished when you have learned everything from His Word, if that were possible. It is a daily journey of living with Him, learning to hear and obey His voice, and knowing that He goes everywhere He asks you to journey. Discipleship is Jesus purpose for the Church. So when we say, Immanuel’s purpose is Developing Today’s Disciples what we mean is Immanuel is committed to helping you discover and grow fully into your relationship with God. That is why Jesus brought us together.

 

Prayer

Lord Jesus, I praise You for calling me into a life-long relationship with You. Help me never to settle for less than what You want to do in and through my life. Amen.

 

Devotional Quote

Many Christians live their lives as though Jesus finished His work in the first century. They seem to think that being a Christian is simply accepting the finished work of Christ, going to church every Sunday to express their worship, and waiting for His second coming. No, no, no. Jesus is working today, just as He did 2,000 years ago, to accomplish His cosmic mission... ― D. Michael Henderson

 

Quote of the Day

Discover a purpose that gives you passion. Develop a plan that makes you persistent. Design a preparation that motivates you to optimize your potentials. Do it because you love it! ― Israelmore Ayivor

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August 8, 2019, 4:00 AM

Daily Inspiration: Lessons from an Over Flowing River-Momentum


Increased Momentum

 

Psalm 65:9-10

You visit the earth and water it; you greatly enrich it;
the river of God is full of water; you provide their grain,
for so you have prepared it.
You water its furrows abundantly, settling its ridges,
softening it with showers, and blessing its growth.

 

Thought for Today

The Fox River is usually a shallow, lazy river that runs through the middle of our town. When it hit flood stage I was very impressed at that speed of the current. The lazy little river began moving with determined purpose through our town. If you feel like your life has been meandering and a bit lazy lately, maybe you should focus on increasing the flow of God’s presence upstream. When we get more deeply connected to God and His mission it increases the flow of His love and purpose in our lives. This, in turn, increases the momentum in our lives. We pick up speed and find our determination. Life gets exciting again. This is one of the great benefits of increasing the flow in our lives.

 

Prayer

Heavenly Father, fill me to flood stage with Your presence and increase the momentum with which I live for You. Amen.

 

Devotional Quote

If we find ourselves with a desire that nothing in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that we were made for another world. ― C.S. Lewis

 

Quote of the Day

It is not length of life, but depth of life. — Ralph Waldo Emerson

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August 7, 2019, 4:00 AM

Daily Inspiration: Lessons from an Over Flowing River-Carries


It Carries Others Along

 

Psalm 93:3
The floods have lifted up, O Lord, the floods have lifted up their voice; the floods lift up their roaring.

 

Thought for Today

As I watched the waters rise the first few days of flooding nothing escaped the ever increasing flow. An old adage says, “A rising tide lifts all boats.” While this is usually applied to economics, it is equally true in the church. When a disciple grows in faith and capability it impacts everyone around him or her. The people they work with get better. The people they pray with pray more fervently. The people they lead become more confident. When a single leader grows they raise ten others through their growth. For the church to rise the leaders must rise. How has your growth in the past impacted the people closest to you? God will use you as you grow to impact others for his kingdom.

 

Prayer

Lord God, help me to grow in faith, hope, love and ability, and as I grow, use me to impact those around me for the good of your kingdom. Amen.

 

Devotional Quote

Stop asking God to bless what you're doing. Find out what God's doing. It's already blessed. ― Bono

 

Quote of the Day

There is a tide in the affairs of men, Which taken at the flood, leads on to fortune. Omitted, all the voyage of their life is bound in shallows and in miseries. On such a full sea are we now afloat. And we must take the current when it serves, or lose our ventures. — William Shakespeare

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