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Posted On 10/25/2020

3 Things More Important Than Masks

Yes, there’s a lot of confusion in our world right now. Yes, things are past the point of chaos. And, even in the midst of all of this, God is not sitting on His throne biting His nails thinking, “Oh no! What’s going to happen next?”

We may feel uncertain about the future, but God invites us to stay the course. As followers of Jesus, we have been called to present the hope of eternal life. If you are a Christian, you have been called by God himself to “make disciples of all nations.” 

There are many things that might have thrown you off course. It could be the global pandemic, or the drama surrounding the election, but don’t lose sight of the big picture! It’s time to get back on track.
I want to call you back to what really matters: spreading the message of the gospel. Our mission is to reunite lost sons and daughters with their heavenly father who forgives sin, and offers hope and life beyond this world. 

Humanity doesn’t have the answers. People are looking to take their next step with God, so now more than ever we must present a clear call.

Humanity doesn’t have the answers. People are looking to take their next step with God, so now more than ever we must present a clear call. Get this, it’s not complicated. Romans 10|13 says: 
“Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” 

The Apostle Paul made our mission clear by asking three questions in the next verse:
“But how can they call on him to save them unless they believe in him? And how can they believe in him if they have never heard about him? And how can they hear about him unless someone tells them?” Romans 10|14

That’s it. That’s our mission. We want to reach as many people as we possibly can with this message. Whether we reach people in-person or online, that’s all we care about. Nothing can stop that message! No virus, no government, not even the gates of hell will prevail!

We’ve gotten a lot of questions about our “plans:” why didn’t you open sooner, why did you open at all, will you require masks? We prayerfully consider these questions every day, and we may not always get it right, but we know that our mission is too critical and our God is too big for us to hesitate, even briefly, on what really matters. 

So here are three things we are all called to do right now:

  1. 1. Invite someone to church
    We have in-person services, but if someone is not comfortable, invite them to watch online with you. Don’t make someone feel bad for not being in person. 242community.com/live

  1. 2. Invite someone to your small group
    Many people are not attending large gatherings, but they don’t have a problem joining smaller gatherings. 242groups.com

  2. 3. Share your story
    Just sit down with someone you have built a relationship with, and share what God has done in your life. Then, allow the Holy Spirit to take care of the rest.

In Matthew 9, it says Jesus experienced a world very much like ours. This was His response to a world in chaos and conflict:
“When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd.” Matthew 9|36

Does that sound familiar: “harassed and helpless”? Harassed by the media, harassed by corrupt agendas, and helpless to do anything about. This was his response:
Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.” Matthew 9|37-38

 Are you willing to be one of the few workers to do what God is calling us to do? Just as Jesus said, “the harvest is plentiful.” Will you join us on a mission that matters? 

About The Author

Grant Agler

Teaching Pastor/Communications Champion Central

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Grant is our resident farmboy. He grew up in the cornfields of northwest Nebraska. He spent his early days living far from God. As Grant says, "I gave God the middle finger and didn't really care about faith at all." As a young man, he became convinced that God was real. He gave his life to Jesus and experienced God's amazing grace that previously made no sense to him. After experiencing that grace, Grant felt God calling him to teach the message of the gospel. Over the past 20 years, he has been preaching and teaching. Grant, his wife, Bethany, and their four children moved to Michigan in 2011, and he joined the 2|42 team in 2019. Grant is always good for a laugh, but more importantly, he explains biblical concepts in ways anyone can understand.
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