"Release: Go Into All The World"

November 2, 2018

 

30 years ago Pastor Isaac was asked to preach at a national conference.  The Lord gave him the 4 Rs of Mission Ebenezer, with the baseball diamond illustration: 1st base — RECLAIM, 2nd base — REGAIN, 3rd base — RETRAIN, and Home plate — RETAIN.  The pitcher’s mound said, “La Misión”.  He made this idea our Missional Focus.  In 2003 we added RESTORE emphasizing our restoration to worship.  In 2016, I added RENEWAL by the Holy Spirit, cementing our Pentecostal identity.  Finally, in 2018 from the story of Jesus and the Gadarene Demoniac (Mark 5:1-20), Pastor Coba added our 7th R, “RELEASE!”  Immediately, after his deliverance the man wanted to go with Jesus.  But, Jesus said, “Go home to your family and tell them how much the Lord has done for you” (Mk. 5:19b).  He was RELEASED!  He was SENT to do the work of God, evangelizing both his family and the surrounding ten cities of that region called Decapolis (“ten cities”).  In other words, Jesus turned his “What Now?” into “Right Now!”  In Pastor Coba’s words, whether to the family, world missions, the marketplace, surrounding communities or the parachurch, our church is a sending church!”  Church, are you ready to be sent?

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