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Memorize & Ponder for Sunday July 6, 2014

Reflections on the Great Commission

Matthew 28:18-20   (NRSV)

And Jesus came and said to them,
“All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me,
Go therefore and make disciples of all nations,
baptizing them
in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit,
and teaching them to obey everything
that I have commanded you.
And remember, I am with you always,
to the end of the age.”

Throughout 2014, the Christian community at Brentwood Presbyterian Church is getting to know Jesus, the Christ, in a refreshing and transformative way. We invite you to listen for what the Spirit is saying in the text, then question how those insights might change the ways you see things and act in the world. Share your thoughts during the week on the meaning the Spirit creates for you in this text by posting a comment here.

A Provocative Pondering

Last week, we looked at the power that a vision for a missional congregation gets from our confidence in the presence of God’s energy in our midst. The loving energy is with us, in us, and for us, providing the drive and design for a flourishing life in the community of Christ’s body, the church.

This week, I invite you to ponder the particular gifts that God has given to you, and you alone, to contribute to Brentwood’s mission as we pursue the broader vision of God’s commonwealth on this earth.

What do you value most?

What are your greatest strengths?

What are you doing to design those strengths to serve those values?

What is getting in the way of you living those values more faithfully?

What can Brentwood do to sustain and enhance your faith so you can use your gifts in the service of Jesus Christ?

We’ll explore aspects of those questions next Sunday.

Join us in our study groups and worship services to ponder together what the Spirit is teaching us through this text.

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