Who We Are As Growing Christians (cont'd)
The third important truth is that you can make a difference in the Kingdom of God.
It's hard to image that when we discover the best life has to offer we actually have the capacity to partner with the God of the universe! We can make a difference by making our own unique contribution in the world. It's a fascinating paradox. Jesus said in Mark 8:35, "For those who want to save their life will lose it, but those who lose their life for me and for the gospel will save it. What good is it for you to gain the whole world, yet forfeit your soul?" It has been said, "We don't get to choose when or how we die, but we do get to choose how we live." Finding the life God has designed for us will be our unique journey. It will look different for each of us, so I can't give you a formula. Finding and fulfilling your unique purpose isn't so you can be a better church member, or so that you will be good enough for heaven. It's so much bigger than that. God invites you to be a part of something amazing, a part of the good work He is doing in the world.
As you discover the place God has designed for you, you actually begin working on His behalf! 2 Corinthians 5:20 says, "We are therefore Christ's ambassadors, as though God were making His appeal through us." Think of it. We are actually God's agents through whom He is changing the world!
We have all kinds of opportunities in this church for you to find your purpose and to be equipped to fulfill your purpose and calling. We believe it is vital to a fulfilling life to be growing and serving. We encourage everyone to be in a Sermon-based Small Group and want everyone to find a meaningful place of service (see online SHAPE Assessment). If you aren't currently connected in a small group, contact Thia Hobson (858-509-2580 x1206) to find one that works for you. If you haven't previously taken the SBPC online SHAPE Assessment, spend some time working through the different sections to discover what and where you might invest your unique SHAPE. If you already know where you'd like to be involved, feel free to connect with someone from that area of ministry to explore the various options. We'll talk more about SHAPE at the New Member Seminar, so please print out your SHAPE summary and bring it with you.
Relish the fact that God has great plans for you. Nothing could be more tragic than to go through life never discovering the purpose and design God had in creating you. But, I can think of nothing more fulfilling than finding your unique purpose and going for it! I encourage you to become the person God created you to be. And of course, I'd be overjoyed if you do it here with us at SBPC.
The future of the church is in your hands and in our hands! Together we will carry out God's Kingdom vision. How amazing that God has called us to be his partners!