A Year of Grace

365 Days of Grace From God's Word

Our Mission From God

Matthew 28:16 – Then the eleven disciples left for Galilee, going to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go. 17 When they saw him, they worshiped him—but some of them doubted!

18 Jesus came and told his disciples, “I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth. 19 Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. 20 Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” (NLT)

Today’s passage is familiar to many Christians, it is The Great Commission.  It is not, however, the great suggestion.  Notice that Jesus prefaces this commission with telling us that all authority in heaven and on earth has been given to him, as if that whole rising up from the grave wasn’t enough! 

Let us note that a commission is a charge.  It is a task to which we have been commanded.  All Christ followers receive this commission.  It is our common mission.  The first thing Jesus tells us is to go.  Christianity is not just about going to church to worship.  We do that because we want to praise God.  Christianity is not just about attending a Bible study.  We do that because we want to learn more about God’s Word.  Christianity is about going.  It is about action.  Sometimes, going might make us uncomfortable.

Why might our going make us uncomfortable?  It might be uncomfortable because Jesus tells us to go and make disciples of all nations.  The word we translate as nations is ethnos.  We get the word ethnic from this word.  The word ethnos means all people. 

All people?  Does God really want us to make disciples of all people?  I don’t know about you, but that can make me mighty uncomfortable sometimes.  Sometimes I think of this when someone is rude to me, or when I see someone who is blatantly living a mean and rebellious life.  Even those people are included in this command.

We are to teach people to obey the commands of Jesus.  Remember Jesus’ commands?  They are easy to remember – love God and love others.  How do we teach this to everyone?  Well, we can’t teach anyone until we love God and love others.  We can’t pick and choose which days and what times we will love God.  We can’t pick and choose which people we will love.  Uncomfortable yet?!

Don’t stay uncomfortable for very long, because Jesus promised us that he is with us.  We need to stay aware of the presence of Jesus.  His presence is with us through the Holy Spirit.  Today, ask the Holy Spirit to strengthen you, and then follow!  The Spirit will lead you to someone who is in need of Jesus.  You work with them.  You stand behind them in line at the supermarket.  They live in your neighborhood.  We are on a mission from God!

Posted By Ramón Torres

A Prayer for Encouragement and Unity

Taken from morning worship, March 28, 2021

Almighty God,

We pray for Your Holy Spirit to strengthen us for whatever circumstances of life we found ourselves in.

Holy Spirit, we ask for your encouragement during our difficult days.

We pray that no matter what is happening in our world around us, we would have the same attitude towards one another that Christ has for us.

May we in unity glorify your name in all that we do, and in all that we say.

Amen.

POSTED BY RAMÓN TORRES

A Prayer For Endurance and Patience

Taken from morning worship, March 21, 2021

Almighty God,

We want to live in Your kingdom right here and right now.

Therefore, we pray for Your Holy Spirit to give us the wisdom and the understanding to know Your will.

We want to live in Your will so that our lives would be pleasing to You.

We pray for Your Holy Spirit to bear fruit in our lives.

We pray to be strengthened by Your Holy Spirit so that we would have endurance and patience as we give witness to Your great love and grace.

And in humility, we joyfully give you thanks for adopting us as your very own.

Amen.

POSTED BY RAMÓN TORRES

A Prayer for Knowledge and Love

Taken from morning worship, March 14, 2021

Almighty and loving God,

We pray that as we grow in the knowledge of your love, our love for you and for others would grow more and more.

We ask that we would be guided by your Holy Spirit so that we would be able to discern what is best for others.

We pray that as we seek to show our selfless love for others, we would serve them with sincere hearts, and that we would not offend anyone.

We ask this not for ourselves, but that others would come to know you, and that your name would be glorified and praised.

Amen

POSTED BY RAMÓN TORRES

A Prayer for Strength and Power

Taken from morning worship, March 7, 2021

Almighty God,

We pray that we would experience the strength and power of your Spirit in our inner being. We open ourselves up to this life-changing, life-altering power.

We invite you to permanently reside in our hearts.

We pray that we would be deeply rooted in your very essence, which is love.

We pray that our lives would be transformed by the experience of the fullness of your love.

We repent of the ways in which we have sought fulfillment that did not include you.

Now, as we join together for the sacrament of Holy Communion, we open our lives to your powerful presence.

In Christ’s name we pray,
Amen

POSTED BY RAMÓN TORRES

A Prayer for Wisdom and Revelation

Taken from worship service on February 28, 2021

Almighty God, we confess to you that there is a power that we have overlooked.

We believe in the spirit of wisdom and revelation.

We believe in the power that you have offered to us so that we would live in your kingdom here and now.

We believe that this power will allow for us to know you better, and to understand you better.

Gracious God, we repent of any self-sufficiency that would hold us back from asking you for this spirit of wisdom and revelation.

Today we humbly ask that this spiritual power would be evidenced in our lives.

In Jesus’ name we pray,
Amen.

POSTED BY RAMÓN TORRES

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