We all agree that mission work is important. After all, without mission work how would our church grow? This is true for the Christian church in the world wherever it is found, as well as the Wisconsin Synod, and also for us at St. John’s in Sleepy Eye. God has decided that he would grow his church through the spoken Word. Paul makes that eloquently clear in Romans,
“How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them? And how can they preach unless they are sent? As it is written, ‘How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!’” (Romans 10:14-15)
The answer to all of Paul’s questions is “They can not!” No one can believe in Jesus as their savior unless they have heard that Jesus died for their sins. No one can hear about Jesus unless someone tells them.
It is important to support mission work with our prayers and our offerings so we can send missionaries out into this country and in the world with the Gospel, but let us not forget the mission opportunities we have right here in Sleepy Eye. Here are a few ideas.
- Our Mission Festival Sunday (October 21st) will look at the mysterious ways God works through pain and hardship to bring about opportunities for mission work among those we already know.
- This month, if the Lord is willing, we will start English as a Second Language classes for people in our community who grew up with a language other than English. This will be an opportunity for members of St. John’s to form relationships with people in the community who do not attend a church. Please consider helping!
- At the end of October we will celebrate the Reformation and the wonderful blessing we have in God’s truth. This is something we want to share in a world full of Satan’s lies.
The opportunities we have to share the Gospel are endless. This is not something that should be left to paid professionals but God intends it to be the work of every Christian. Remember, as you share that good news your feet are beautiful.