If someone were to ask you to explain your faith, could you do it briefly, concisely, and in a compelling way? Nothing can replace the confidence of knowing you can turn any conversation into a Gospel conversation. Evangelism trends come and go. If you have been a part of church life for any period of time then you realize this. However, we are confident that Life on Mission will be a strategy we can stick with and promote through our many evangelistic outlets. Together we will become equipped to turn everyday conversations into Gospel conversations. With our strategic GO ministry, our growing interest in reaching the community around us, and for the simple reason that all people need to be equipped to share their faith, there is no better time for the whole church to be trained to share our faith. It’s our church on mission; it’s our life on mission.

The book of James is simply remarkable. Its author was the step brother of Jesus Himself and the pastor of the church in Jerusalem. Its audience was the first century Jewish Believers who were scattered about. The purpose of the book was to encourage the faith of the believers. The strategy? To challenge their faith in sound bites. James is short, pithy, and very quotable. And yet the terse, Proverbs-like, nature of the book belies the fact that James has some of the most challenging text to interpret in all the New Testament! This is what makes James a joy to teach and a challenge to live. Oh, and one other feature that is interesting. James has major themes such as trials, worldliness, riches, faith, and the tongue. Yet, there is no clearly discernable outline like the letters of Paul. Rather the themes are woven throughout. Interestingly all the themes are mentioned in chapter one. This allows us to teach through the book topically as well as expositionally. Meaning, we will teach each text of the book, yet we can arrange our discussions by topic. The book is not a linear argument, it is a collection of repeated themes. In this way we can treat it topically without violating the sequence of the argument.
May God give us grace to understand, to live, and to teach like Ezra!