Has Jesus Gone Mad? Mark 3:20-35 The crowds were growing large and uncontrollable. People were talking. Has Jesus gone mad? His family is in a frenzy because of the stories they’ve heard. He’s been feasting like a glutton (Mark 2:18). His friends are lowlifes and thieves; one of them will certainly betray him (Mark 2:15, […]
We have a mission statement because we believe God has a mission statement. I wonder what God’s mission statement is . . .
The Sea Island Presbyterian Church is . . . called to . . .shape disciples equipped and empowered by the Holy Spirit.
In Christ, you are liberated from “I can’t” with the promise that God will equip you and empower you for the work that is before you. In Christ, you are set free from “you shouldn’t” with the promise that grace not only abounds but it also expands like a mustard seed into a tree or yeast into a loaf of bread. Where grace is at work, the kingdom of God grows strong.
Go everywhere. Go together. Go simply. Go in peace.
To those who feel like they are more mature in the faith – the Elijahs among us – live your lives in such a way that you leave this place in a whirlwind, accompanied by the glorious spectacle of fiery horses and chariots. In other words, live a life that will end dramatically, seen off by a parade of people you have faithfully helped to walk in Christ’s footsteps and whose lives you have helped transform. Live in such a way that people watching you will say, “I’ll have what they’re having… only make mine a double!” To the Elishas out there, seek out an Elijah, one who will model a good and faithful life, showing you how to produce the fruit of the Spirit, and guiding you ever closer to the Jesus Way.
When we cross the line, we can become sources of God’s abundant provision, signs of God’s compassionate presence, and channels of God’s live-giving power. When we cross the line, we might even find new measures of God’s provision, compassion, and power at work in our very own lives.
Rev. Bob Rice is a PC(USA) Mission Co-Worker in the Democratic Republic of Congo, along with his wife Kristi. They visited SIPC as part of our Mission Conference.