Mission Launch


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Man has walked on the moon. The human race has been able to say that for almost 50 years. Maybe now we say those words without the slow head shaking of disbelief. But consider that it has to be one of the most courageous exploratory expeditions in human history. Human beings left this world and walked on another - an alien world. It was a tremendous vision and an unbelievable accomplishment. Could there be any mission more dramatic than going to the moon? Could there be a more catalytic calling, something more igniting and inspiring than sending humans up to the heavens? It would have to be a mission that could launch a unifying movement, inspiring a generation to give their lives to accomplish something one could only dream about.

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When I picture astronaut training, I imagine people floating around in zero gravity chambers. And that is definitely part of the training. But they need to be equipped with so much more than just experience floating in space. They are trained in all kinds of survival techniques. They have language training so that they can communicate to other astronauts in the Space Station. They have to learn the science and mechanics of how the rocket works. These adventurers have to be ready for anything. The training is essential. Interestingly, the Bible describes the church as a training ground. It is tasked to equip believers. But what are they training them to become? According to Ephesians, a church is called to grow Christians to the full degree of the greatest, most catalytic, history altering individual that has ever walked the planet - Christ. To put it simply: the church is intended to be a training ground pumping out world-changers.

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When you think about the mission of landing someone on the moon, what images come to mind? Maybe astronauts descending out of the lunar module onto the desolate gray surface of the moon. Or perhaps you think of President Kennedy addressing the nation with the challenge to win the space race. When we think of major endeavors, we typically think of a few key visible players. But like any initiative, there are thousands of invaluable contributors that are vital to success. Each engineer, scientist, and aviator formed links in a chain. Without one of them, the mission would have broken down. If you are a follower of Christ, then you are a part of the Church. The Church has a mission that is critical to the salvation of humanity. The Bible tells us that every single person is required for such a mission to be accomplished. What is your part?