Important Announcement: Summer mission.
We will be helping Lake Russell Baptist Church with building their new church. This will happen only two weeks from now. So you don't have much time to sign up. The dates are June 21-26th. For those who would like to participate, please let us know when you can help. You can basically help at any time during those days, even if it's a day after work. I'm so excited that we get the chance to help a church that has been so supportive of us from day one. Lake Russell has supported us financially, in prayer and through the encouragement of their pastor. Oasis, Let's blow Lake Russell away with how much we help them. If you don't know how to use a hammer or a paint brush, don't worry, their is something for everyone. You can sign up several ways. Sign up by emailing the church at firstname.lastname@example.org, going by the guest services table over the next two Sundays, or just by telling one of the staff. Bring some friends if you want... that would rock! This is an amazing opportunity to help the kingdom advance. Let's do this full on!
This past Sunday I just talked to Oasis as a family about what I so desperately want our family to be like.
-First off, I promised Oasis that we would never play it safe. Our church will always be a go hard or go home church. The problem with so many American churches is that we just want to be comfortable. The only problem with this mindset is Jesus... and the Bible!
-I shared three family rules that we will constantly break at Oasis.
-1. The Perfect family rule.
Oasis will never be a family of perfection. We will always be a church full of screwed up people. Because if we weren't screwed up then what would be the purpose of Jesus hanging on the cross? Besides, who gets the glory when God does amazing things through messed up people?... He does! So if you think you are too messed up to go to church, then Oasis is just the place for you.
-2. The Predictable family rule.
Oasis will never be a church that tries to control you and turn you into some sort of Christian robot. Church people can be so stupid when it comes to telling christians what they can and can't do. I had a guy tell me that I needed to burn my Guns and roses CDs years back... man that would have been a huge mistake! "Every Rose has it's thorn...".... Guitar solo..... YEA! The most powerful thing I can do for you as your pastor is to teach you about the freedom that comes with Christ and then Unleash you to do crazy things for Jesus!
-3. The Passive family rule.
Christians are so good at coming up with spiritual reasons that they don't have to do anything... "But God says get along with everyone." Yea, but read that whole verse and read it in context. Do you really think that Jesus was aiming to get along with everyone when he consistently called the pharisee snakes and a brood of vipers.... Um.. NO! The spiritual cop out is a skill that is well acquired by many church people. It's like this... If your grandmother is lost and laying on her death bed. DON'T call me to come and pray for her... that is a cop out so that you don't have to talk to her. Get on your knees beside her bed, pray for her and share the gospel with her. Just because I'm the pastor, that doesn't mean I have a red phone on my desk with a direct line to God. However, I do have Him on speed dial... but so should you if you are a believer.
Commit today to serve Jesus boldly and faithfully.