Salt and Light


Two weeks ago, Jon preached a sermon on salt and light taken from Matthew 5:13-16. We continued the conversation this week in our small groups.

I love that in our small groups we take the seed that was planted on a Sunday morning and go deeper. Instead of one person’s perspective, we now have five or six God speaks through.

The discussion included passages from John 13:34,35, 1 John 1:7, and Acts 2:42-47.

“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” – John 13:34,35


“All the believers were together and had everything in common. Selling their possessions and goods, they gave to anyone as he had a need.” – Acts 2:44,45


A couple weeks ago I was listening to a sermon by Francis Chan. He was preaching on these verses. He mentioned,”When was the last time someone walked into a church and was amazed by the people’s love for each another?” He went on to say, it is through our love for one another others will come to know Christ.

This statement challenged me. I do think we do a pretty good job of this at The Door, but there is always room to grow, right?

When was the last time you saw this kind of love happening in the church? Someone selling something and giving to another. Everyone having enough and giving freely. Eating together regularly. Praying together. Meeting together every day. Miraculous signs and wonders.

I want this kind of love, the love that changes us and those around us, love that inspires belief in the unbelieving.

Yet, practicing this kind of love is not always easy. This kind of love nudges us in the direction of that thing that feels so very hard to do. The love that says yes when our insides scream “no, it feels uncomfortable” or “it will take too much time” or “I have enough on my own plate right now.”

This is not meant to be judgement. It is what I am wrestling with, and what I hope we as a church body wrestle with too.  We can use tracts, evangelism, and activism to reach people but when it comes down to it…

Isn’t it Jesus love in us and for each other, that people will see and want?


Next week’s post: Looking back at what “mission” has looked like at The Door – C2C and our involvement with Food for the Hungry.


Welcome to Life on Mission


“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” –  Matthew 28:19, 20

Two years ago in January 2016, we went through a sermon series called, Life on Mission. This phrase became a tagline for how we do life as a church, and how we reach out to those around us.

The first life on mission sermon was based on the scripture Matthew 28:18-20. This is often referred to as “The Great Commission,” where Jesus tells us to “go and make disciples of all nations…” These verses are where the life on mission idea stems from.

The Life on Mission team defines the core idea of life on mission as the following:

As we go about our daily lives as individuals and as a church, living life on mission is to carry out the instructions of Jesus in making disciples. One of the ways we follow Jesus teaching, as a church family, is when we engage in our church mission of:

  1. making friends,
  2. connecting to Jesus
  3. changing lives

Some of the key points from the sermon series on this topic are the following:

  1. Life on Mission is in our going – it is not focused on bringing people to a building but how we are reaching people in our daily lives, in the places we already find ourselves.
  2. Life on Mission is praying.
  3. Life on Mission is serving like Jesus did and sharing about Him from a place of service.
  4. Life on Mission is allowing ourselves to grow and helping others to do the same.
  5. Life on Mission is simply living our lives and sharing in a way that others want what we have – a life with Jesus. It is not hitting people over the head with the bible or our message.

If you want to refresh your memory, you can click here to listen to the first message in the series.

When I hear the phrase, life on mission, my thoughts go to, “how am I reaching those who do not know Jesus or how am I feeding the poor?” These actions are definitely a part of life on mission, but this mission is also a matter of how do we grow as disciples and how do we help others to do the same?

In the following weeks, we will continue to look at life on mission and how it is a part of The Door. In following the rhythm of sabbatical our church is in right now we will,

  1. Look back at where we have been.
  2. Look at how we live this mission presently.
  3. Look forward to where we are headed.

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