Wanted to share some things with you from my heart today…
From DAY ONE, the HEARTBEAT of Oasis has been to see people who want nothing to do with church, those who don’t feel comfortable in most churches, and those who have given up on church (or the church has given up on them) come to realize that God LOVES them, has a PURPOSE for them, and gave His life so they could have a NEW LIFE.
In the past 3 years, I can honestly say we have stayed true to this. We HAVE and ALWAYS WILL BE a church that includes the excluded, serves the community, and breathes life into the next generation.
REACH & CARE
REACH & CARE
REACH & CARE
This is what we do. And nothing has changed. I am just as passionate about seeing people meet Jesus TODAY than I EVER have been!!
HOWEVER, In the past 9 months or so, I have really dropped the ball on Sunday mornings.
Let me explain:
I am an EVANGELIST. For those of you who don’t know that language, it’s a word from the Bible that basically means my “gifting” or my area of “focus” should be reaching those who are far from God and leading them to Jesus. And when I consider all the different hats I wear in any given week, this evangelism piece is my bread and butter. It’s my “wheelhouse,” so to speak.
I am convinced that a guy like me with my teaching style and heart for reaching non-christians, should NEVER preach a sermon and NOT give a specific opportunity for people in the audience to meet Jesus.
But that’s what I’ve done the past 9 months or so. I’ve not taken my Sunday morning platform seriously. I’ve preached 40 minute sermons and said “goodbye” on a weekly basis. Occasionally when it “felt” right, I would do a moment for response, but for the most part, I’ve just said “thanks for coming, see you next week” at the end of my sermons.
So why am I writing this post? To simply say…
That season is OVER.
From this day forward, I WILL give a clear, consistent opportunity for people to surrender their lives to Jesus every Sunday morning. It doesn’t matter what the sermon is about. (I’ve seen people give their life to Christ after sermons on tithing, sexuality, marriage, etc.) It doesn’t always have to be a “salvation message.”
So, from this day forward, you can EXPECT that if you bring a friend to church, they WILL have an opportunity to confess faith in Jesus. And IF YOU DO have a friend that raises their hand at the end of a sermon, when you peek and see their hand go up (I know you peek, and that’s okay), then that is YOUR cue to care for them as they start their new life in Christ.
Here are some ways you can CARE for others who meet Jesus.
1. You can invite them back to church with you!!
2. You can suggest they take a next step by stopping in the green room or filling out a connect card to let us know they prayed.
3. You can invite them to your small group and or any other event hosted by Oasis.
4. You can suggest they consider Starting Point or Square One.
5. You can pray and ask the Lord for direction and guidance on how you can personally walk this new life out with them.
Regardless, do something. Let’s REACH & CARE together. I believe if we all get serious about this mission, God will do something incredible!!