Image The word "evangelism" can bring about strong reactions. My fear is that the word has been taken over by extreme voices that make the church feel too distant from the lives of most people, today. Many of us probably cannot imagine trying to ask a stranger is they believe in Jesus or want to live in Christ. However, what we learn from John the Baptist today is that evangelism isn't rooted in hatred, fear, persecution, or any other divisive idea--it's all about "come and see". Evangelism is an invitation to come and see Jesus, to hear his radical message of loving others, to care for the sick and dying, and to feed the hungry. Evangelism, for John the Baptist, is nothing like we view it today; so, how can we "do" evangelism in 2020? Simply by serving the church. We can change how we proclaim this Good News to the world by extending the invitation to come and see!
Image by Cerezo Barredo: http://servicioskoinonia.org/cerezo/
Rev. CHRIS HOUTZ
Welcome to the pastor’s blog! This page will have sermons uploaded so you can listen to them whenever you want, and I will add a brief reflection on the text, the sermon, or a little bit of both. My hope is that you will be able to see that the Bible can still speak to our world today, and that we can always find a note of God’s grace in any passage, whether it is one of the most well-known and beloved passages, or one of the most difficult readings to grasp.
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Iselin, NJ 1295
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Our Mission Statement
We are a friendly, multi-cultural congregation that welcomes all to worship with us as we glorify our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ; sing praises to God, the Father; and let the Holy Spirit guide our footsteps. As faithful witnesses to our Christian beliefs, we dedicate ourselves to worship, stewardship and discipleship. We will always endeavor to nurture the youth in our congregation to grow in their commitment to God and the Church and to become active participants in the life and work of the Church.
We commit ourselves to evangelism and mission to spread the good news of Jesus Christ to all people in a variety of ways in our community and beyond.
We will continue to be open to God’s presence, leading us into new pathways of ministry and service for the betterment of the community and to the glory of Jesus Christ our Savior. -
-ratified by congregational vote, January 27, 2008
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