Friday, May 13, 2011
The Evangelical Endowment (John 20:19-23) - A Must Hear!
19 On the evening of that day, the first day of the week, the doors being locked where the disciples were for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said to them, “Peace be with you.” 20 When he had said this, he showed them his hands and his side. Then the disciples were glad when they saw the Lord. 21 Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, even so I am sending you.” 22 And when he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit. 23 If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you withhold forgiveness from any, it is withheld.” (ESV)
The resurrection mobilizes missions. Every discerning pastor should be concerned his congregation doesn't fall into missional irrelevance. It must be the church's ministry to exist in continuity with the risen Christ, keeping his ministry moving forward. The evangelical endowment is peace, power, and prerogative. Therefore Christ has equipped the church in such a way that it must be a life saving station, not a club with life saving decor.