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Weekly Update for September 29, 2021


In college I worked as a caddie at a private golf club which provided lots of time to talk with my coworkers. Time after time, they shared stories of disappointment and disgust about the church and Christians.
            They talked about TV pastors getting rich from the pennies of poor elderly women. They talked about local pastors caught having affairs with women in the church. They talked about so-called internet pastors who fancied themselves as “apologists” that could disprove evolution when the pastor had no training or knowledge of basic science. I sometimes wondered if any Christian was serving as a bridge—an ambassador—to draw that person to Christ.
            In the Old Testament, the nation of Israel was isolated. They didn’t use ambassadors. And God had told his people he wanted them to be separate from the other nations around them. They were supposed to be unique, holy, and not compromised by neighboring nations (Exodus 19:6).
            But that changed in the New Testament. Paul wrote, “Now then, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were pleading through us; we implore you on Christ’s behalf, be reconciled to God” (2 Corinthians 5:20, NKJV). Paul says we Christians are supposed to be Christ’s ambassadors. The Greek word Paul uses here is presbeuo, and Paul only uses the word here in 2 Corinthians and in Ephesians 6:20, “for which I am an ambassador in chains; that in it I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.”
            The word picture that Paul is painting in his readers’ minds is someone that represents where he is from (his home country) and where he goes (a foreign country). For us, our citizenship is in heaven, but God has placed us on earth to represent him. That’s what an ambassador is. 
            I was a strong Christian attending seminary to become a pastor. While working at that golf course, I served as Christ’s ambassador. This might have been one of the first times these guys met and interacted with a real Christian. As a strong Christian, I knew that my “citizenship is in heaven” (Philippians 3:20), but my place of employment was a secular job with earthy guys living immoral lives. But that’s where ministry happens! 
            Paul tells us that “we are ambassadors.” This is a position we hold. God has given us a new heart and regenerated us (Jeremiah 31:31-33), we have been born again (John 3:3-8), and because of that, we have been adopted by God (Galatians 3:26-27, 29-4:7). We truly “are” Christ’s ambassadors. If we follow the ambassador metaphor, you could say it is an “office” we are placed in. But what is this “position” or “office” used for?
            Paul wants people to be “for Christ.” This means going places we might not otherwise go. I have a friend that likes to go to bars because he knows he will meet non-Christians that are going through difficult times. (He doesn’t have a beer, but he sits and talks.) I have another friend who prepares his sermons at Panera Bread because he wants to be around real people living real life while he prepares his messages.
            To be “for Christ” means we are out in the community representing him. We are trying our best to get to know others and love them. Why? This love for others is based on our love for God. Because we “love Him because He first loved us” (1 John 4:19).
            God loved us before we knew him, followed him, or loved him. Likewise, we, too, must love others even before they know us or love us. That’s how we are “for Christ” showing love to others before they know us or Christ.We are his ambassadors representing his love in a foreign nation, the world, to people that don’t know him.
Pastor Christopher

-For our church missionaries: Janet Nickel, Futch Family, Tice Family, and Noteboom Family
-Marion, Kima, and Izzy's health
-Marci's recovery from surgery
-Megan's pancreatic cancer treatment and pain management
-Judy's sister, Orma
-Joe, Jenna, and Katie Swanson.
-Denny's health and treatment options
-Shirley's grandmother, Geneva
-Hazel's health and recovery
-For Allender family as they mourn the sudden loss of Scott Allender
-For family of Alice, Wally's sister-in-law that passed away last week
-For the frontline hospital workers and medical staff
-For Chambree in the hospital
-For those struggling in Haiti
-Wednesday Discipleship Group, 6:45pm-8pm in Fellowship HallYou’ll need to purchase the Navigators’ “Your Life in Christ” (Design for Discipleship #1) booklet, ISBN 978-1-60006-004-5. Group starts September 15.
-Tuesday Women's Bible Study, 4:30pm in Fellowship Hall. Please tell Shirley if you are interested. Group starts October 5th.
-Kids Ministry Helpers for October. Please contact Kendra if you can help in our ministry for kids on Sundays.
-Church Potluck, October 10. After service we will share a meal together. Please bring a dish to share with others. 
-Trunk-or-Treat, October 31, 3pm-4:30pm. Details coming soon.
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Moses Lake, WA 98837

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