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In Rejection or Failure ... We are Chosen!

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Doxa Family,

I am writing this to you from 32,000 feet, on a plane from Seatac to Orlando. I know what you’re thinking- but no, I’m not headed to Disney World with my family, I’m actually on my way to speak at The Gospel Coalition conference. Like I shared with you yesterday, we hope to be a regional church, and one that partners with other churches and organizations to best spread the message of Jesus- and I’m grateful that I have the chance to share the idea of missional living with so many. But while I’m traveling, I am thinking about you all and eager to spend more time equipping the Doxa family. I’m thankful to have these opportunities to build others up elsewhere, but you are my first priority, family. I love getting to serve you through preaching and teaching, week after week.

And it was such a joy to get to serve you yesterday as we kicked off our 1 Peter series: Church Everywhere! If you missed the gathering, please be sure to catch the message here.

Chosen and Sent
I’m so thankful for the doctrine of Election! When others reject us or fail to affirm us…when we go through trials and suffering…when life doesn’t go as we plan…remember, all who are in Christ Jesus have been chosen by God, the Father. You are chosen, loved and accepted by God! And if God is for us, who can be against us?!? We were not chosen because of anything we did or didn’t do, but because of his gracious love. So, when we fail, like Peter, we can still be confident that God is for us. Nothing can separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus (Romans 8:31-39).

And remember, we are not just chosen by God. We are also sent by God – we’ve been chosen for a purpose and God has you and I right where he wants us. He wants to work through you in your family, neighborhood, school or workplace to draw others to Himself through you. Live your life being certain that God is at work in you, both changing you by His Spirit and calling others to Himself through your life. And when you fail, look to the cross where Jesus paid for your sins - past, present, and future. You are forgiven!

For the next 19 weeks we will continue to learn how God intends to do this as we go through 1 Peter together. We will fail. We may suffer. We will experience various trials. But in all these things remember: “And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you. To him be the dominion forever and ever. Amen.” (1 Peter 5:10-11). He is our hope and our strength, and the one who will sustain us to the end!

Questions for Missional Communities and Group Discussion

If you would like to discuss the teaching from Sunday with your family or Missional Community, consider these questions together after you read 1 Peter 1:1-2; 5:10-11 and Romans 8:31-39:

  • How does knowing God has chosen you apart from any work you have, or have not done, affect you?
  • Consider where you live and work. How does an assurance that God has placed you where you’re at for his purposes there (Acts 17:26-27) influence what you do?
  • It is the Spirit of God who sets us apart, and makes us holy and useful for God’s purposes. In what ways do you need the Spirit’s work in your life today to enable you to better fulfill God’s purposes in and through you?
  • Peter ends his greeting with, “May grace and peace be multiplied to you.” In what ways have you experienced God’s grace and peace multiplied to you recently? After you share, take some time to give God thanks in light of what he has done and is doing amongst you.

Vision and Mission: 2015 and Beyond

As we move forward together remember that our vision is Gospel Saturation, and our mission is to be Disciples who Make Disciples. How we are all called to participate in it together through the 4 G’s: Gather, Go, Give, Grow. If you missed Sunday, I briefly described this again in the message, and shared how we plan to continue serving you in your own development as a disciple-making disciple. You can find out more about how we live out the 4 G’s on the Membership page of our site.

Ministry Training- This Sunday, 1p-3p

One of the ways we hope to develop you is through our monthly ministry training sessions. Mark your calendars the third Sunday of each month from 1-3 pm, where we will provide ministry training that is open to everyone. This week I will be teaching on spiritual gifts and how you can come to discover yours and begin to serve others with your gifts. I hope you will join us for this training opportunity, and each month on the third Sunday for our upcoming sessions.

I hope you have a great week celebrating the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ together. Please pray for me as I speak at The Gospel Coalition today, and then train leaders from around the country in Tacoma on Wednesday. Also please take a minute now to pray for our church family at Doxa, and for your brothers and sisters in your Missional Communities.

It’s a joy serving you, family!

Jeff