September 9, 2012
We continue our series entitled, Where Is God Taking Us? today. God is launching the men and women of Pacific Baptist Church into their neighborhoods as care givers – Spiritual First Responders who actually care for the well being of the people who live around them – so that they might be the first person their neighbors come to for help of any kind!
In today’s episode, Dr. Matthew Smith, lead pastor of Pacific Baptist Church in El Segundo, California, shows us that Spiritual First Responders do not wait for someone to tell them to rescue the lost. It is their prime mission to do search and rescue from wherever the lost have been scattered to. They are the first ones to respond when someone goes missing – calling on their small group team to assist them in the rescue, the recovery and the return to the flock of God.
As you open your Bible to Ezekiel 34, it is our hope and prayer that you, too, will be encouraged to live out the second commandment: “To love your neighbor AS yourself.”
Men and women across the auditorium chose to stand publicly and say that they were willing to accept God’s vision and mission to become a Spiritual First Responder so that they could demonstrate their love for their neighbors, just as they love themselves … by accepting Jesus’ authorization as His agent on Earth, to do the work of His Kingdom on His behalf as we have described to – to rescue to lost and wandering – whether they be part of our flock at Pacific, or one of our neighbors.
If you have accepted God’s vision and mission to become a Spiritual First Responder, would you take the next steps in growing your love for your neighbor by getting into a small group of believers and digging into the Bible through group study?
To help you live out this message, you can take advantage of the thought of this message by ordering a copy of Pastor Matt’s book, Growing Missional Leaders.
Growing Missional Leaders is a practical, passionate, Biblical mentoring journey for individuals, small groups, leadership teams and congregations who desire to win their world for Christ. You can order a copy of Growing Missional Leaders from Amazon by clicking the link on the side panel of the Eagles In Leadership website.
And now, until next time, we are praying that you would be filled with the love of God so that you can demonstrate His love to the lost and dying in your city! God bless!