Living as God's People on Mission
What is the Book of Deuteronomy teaching us about how to live as God's people? Pastor Eugene reminds us that we are called to be faithful to God's mission as salt and light in the world, as a people redeemed through Jesus Christ.
This Sunday we will be starting on a new sermon series through the opening eleven chapters of the Book of Deuteronomy. Why will we be spending the next two months focusing on this particular portion of Scripture?
“Deuteronomy” means “second law”, which refers to how the law of God is given to Israel a second time as they prepared to enter the Promised Land. But the law is not merely a list of “dos” and “don’ts”. The law reveals the character of the Law Giver himself. It tells us what God is like and how He intends for His people to live.
Having been redeemed through Jesus Christ, we have a new identity. How, then, should we live? What is the purpose and goal of our redemption? Encamped on the border of Canaan, the men and women of Old Testament Israel would have been wondering about the same things. Deuteronomy is actually a series of sermons preached by Moses, aimed at encouraging the Israelites to believe, belong and behave as the people of God.
Israel was meant to be a light to the nations. Their mission was to glorify God among the nations by listening to God’s word and living according to God’s ways. By observing Israel, the nations were supposed to see the blessedness of worshipping the true God and be drawn to follow Him. In this way, God would accomplish His purpose of bringing blessing to the ends of the world.
Like Israel, the church is called to be a people on mission. Missions is not just something done by a select few somewhere else. Missions is fundamentally about our new identity and purpose as God’s people. It is about our calling to be a salt and light in the world, wherever God has placed us. Therefore our faithfulness to God’s mission depends on how we believe, belong and behave as the church.
As God’s people, every one of us has a part to play in this common mission: to glorify God among the nations. This is the reason why we need to listen to Deuteronomy. It tells us how we should live as a people who have been redeemed by a loving and gracious God. It challenges us to be distinct, so that we shine as lights in the world. So let’s ask God to give us open ears and soft hearts, as we prepare to listen to His word.
This Sunday, we have other important events happening in our life together:
- Family dedications. Several families have recently been blessed with new births, and we have the joy of dedicating them to the Lord. We, as the church, will also be committing to encourage and disciple these families as well.
- Quarterly congregational meeting. We will be meeting from 11am to 1230pm to hear about what God is doing among us and how we can serve together to advance His mission.