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Welcome to Missions Month

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Dear Jersey,

Missions isn’t an option to be considered but rather a mandate to be obeyed. All four of the Gospels contain the Great Commission of our Lord. The church of Jesus Christ was never intended to be passive.

Jesus said, ““Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations,”.

The scope of our ministry at Jersey must reflect the scope of Jesus. As one theologian said, “We must be global Christians with a global vision because our God is a global God.” When God’s heart for the world becomes the heart of the church at Jersey, then the church will surrender to do whatever needs to be done so that every person has the opportunity to hear the gospel. Open your heart with me in the month of February to how God wants you to be engaged in praying, giving and going in missions.

Pastor John

 

Find out more about how you can #JoinTheMission at jerseychurch.org/missions or visit the Mission table in the Main Lobby any time throughout the month of February.

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Hate and Heresy, the ends of White Supremacy

The recent events in Charlottesville, Virginia have exposed the depravity of man for the entire world to see through racism and violence. Hate loves heresy, because it provides a false narrative to justify its acting out. The philosophy of white supremacy threatens the underpinnings of our national unity. We were founded upon the conviction (as flawed as it was in being implemented) that, "all men are created equal". To teach that one race is superior to another is constitutional heresy and leads to hate and the unraveling of our being the United States of America.

There is another horrific impact of the White Supremacy movement or any other effort to elevate one race or ethnic group above another, it involves a spiritual impact which threatens the underpinnings of our Christian faith. Albert Mohler president of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary recently wrote that white supremacy groups have committed spiritual "heresy." I couldn't agree more, the gospel of Jesus Christ is the central message of the church. At its heart is the atoning work of Christ upon the cross for the sins of all humanity, not just a sub-set, made up of Caucasians. We must protect our church from heresy through proclaiming loudly the good news that, "God so loved the world," red and yellow, black and white. The lie of White Supremacy should be seen not only as a threat to our national unity but also as a threat to our Christian faith.

 

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