We're On A Mission

Pastor Kevin Rutledge - 1/28/2024 10:00 AM

Listen in as we explore the pulse-quickening urgency found within the Gospel of Mark and its implications for the modern church. This week, we highlight Jesus' tactic of sending his followers out into the world, empowering them to spread his message despite their uncertainties—a strategy as relevant now as it was then for our missions and ministries.

As we reflect on the act of sharing the good news, we acknowledge the personal battles with fear, feelings of inadequacy, and the quest for perfection that often hinder us. We discuss the profound importance of fulfilling our mission to evangelize, the joy missed in heaven when we don't, and the transformational power we forfeit on Earth. I emphasize the crucial roles of trust in God, reliance on the Holy Spirit, and the companionship of fellow believers for support. Join us as we reaffirm our commitment to step beyond the church's boundaries, engage with those thirsting for hope, and bring back stories of how we've witnessed God moving through our efforts. Amen.


  • First Reading: Psalm 122
  • Second Reading: Mark 6:7-13,30
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Reflections and Caring Conversations

Please use the prompts and prayers below to aid you in your devotions for this week.

  • Reflection Question: In the sermon, it was mentioned that Jesus sent out the disciples despite their lack of understanding and readiness. How can we apply this to our own feelings of inadequacy in evangelism? Discuss the idea that God uses our imperfections in Mark 4:30-32, which talks about the mustard seed growing into the largest of garden plants.

  • Reflection Question: Think about the tension between the traditional approach to church growth and the call to actively go out and engage with the community. How can we balance the need for in-church fellowship with the call to evangelize as shown in Hebrews 10:24-25?
  • Reflection Question: Think about a time when you experienced the transformative power of sharing your faith. How does this align with the sermon's message and the transformation we see in the Apostle Peter's life from Luke 5:8 to Acts 2:14-41?