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20th Anniversary Sunday - The Formation of a Mission-Shaped Church, Isaiah 6:1-13 PDF Print E-mail
Written by John Tsang   
Wednesday, 11 April 2018 08:26

 

20 years of life and ministry together is a significant amount of time! As we pause to reflect on this milestone for LPC, we give thanks to God for His faithfulness, for His kindness, His steadfast love, and His mercies. We thank God for the lessons learned along the way, the many who have come to faith in Christ through LPC, the many that are serving God in different cities and nations. And we thank God for the friendships that were forged by the joys, tears, loss, celebrations, and serving together.

 

This past Sunday, Dr. Ross Hastings preached on The Formation of a Mission-Shaped Church from Isaiah 6.

 

 

First, in Isaiah 6, we see God in all His holiness and beauty. We are to keep the ‘high and exalted’ God (Isa 6:1) at the center of our contemplation. Isaiah received a vision of a holy (Isa 6:3), transcendent, and beautiful God. It is this Triune God that we must keep at the center of our church and it is this beautiful God whom we want to introduce to those who do not know Him.

 

Second, Isaiah saw himself in light of the holiness of God and his response was confession and repentance (Isa 6:5-7). We were created in the image of God, we sinned, and we can be restored to be sons and daughters of God. We are called to minister to broken people and to reintegrate them into their original image of God through Christ.

 

Finally, when the Lord asked, “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?” Isaiah, compelled by the vision of God, said, “Here am I. Send me!” (Isa 6:8) God is a Missional God. The Father sent the Son and the Spirit into the world. We do not exist for ourselves, we exist for the world. However, we must take note that sometimes, the mission that we are sent is a difficult and challenging one. Our measure of ‘success’ is not by numbers but rather by our faithfulness to His call. We are to simply join in the work that God is already doing in the world.

 

In seeing God, seeing ourselves, and seeing our mission in the world, we can courageously move forward in the years to come.

 

Peace and grace, John

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