River City Church - Smyrna, GA

Church Everywhere - Moving Into the Neighborhood as Guests

June 7, 2020

Josh looks at Matthew 28 and Luke 10 considering Jesus' instruction for us to go into the world and the importance of listening to those we interact with in our neighborhoods. Instead of dictating what is needed or expecting people to come receive what we have, we can sit as a guest at the mercy of others, learn what is needed, and follow the Spirit's lead to serve. 

Josh shared some quotes today: 

1) Apostles' Creed: "I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth. I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord. He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried. He descended to the dead. On the third day he rose again. He ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy apostolic Church, the communion of the saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen."

2) Dwight Shirley: "Church finds its identity when it participates in the mission of God."

3) Steven P. Eason: "Disciples are students. They are like interns. Interns are watching, practicing under supervision, asking questions, making mistakes, and learning from them. Jesus said very clearly, 'Go therefore and make disciples of all nations.' Go make students of Christ. Put people in internships, into a lifelong learning process. That is a major paradigm shift from making church members or whatever else we substitute for discipleship."

Josh also mentioned the book, "Black and White: Disrupting Racism One Friendship at a Time." Here are a couple of links to purchase the book: 

a) Amazon: https://amzn.to/3h0aTP8

b) Barnes & Noble: https://bit.ly/2Mx4ay2