The second sermon of the Mapquest Series is titled; “Driving Directions: Teaching God’s Truth.” Most would consider teaching God’s truth as a sermon devoted to communicating the importance of teaching and knowing the Word of God. While this would not be wrong, it would not be enough. Teaching God’s truth also deals with the importance of living Incarnational lives. Our church must grasp our responsibility to be the Word that becomes flesh and dwell among them. “Them,” is our community.
John 14:6 is a verse that some Christians have used either to scare people to come to Christ, or wash their hands of those who refuse to believe the way we do. Instead, here are 3 other ways to see this verse.
The way-Real love for our community; Love for our neighbors; and make disciples.
The truth-Jesus saves and redeems; we must value our community; and apply the truth (the Word) that Christ wants to save and redeem.
The life-Live as Jesus did; do good to others; and be humble.
If we can lay our heads down to sleep at night, and not be concerned for those who are not redeemed in our community, then we have not understood what it means to be like Christ who is Incarnational. The starting point of these driving directions should focus on children’s and teen ministries at our church. An Incarnational church will have a huge impact on young people; who will then impact the community.