Sermon Recap: The Fullness of God by Joe Ewen

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We had the honor of hosting incredible speaker and Kingdom warrior Joe Ewen on Sunday, April 9th. A well-known prophet, Joe traveled from Scotland to Seattle to speak life and truth into the body of Mosaic Community Church.

The more we give to Jesus, the more He gives in return. Far beyond our comprehension, though, Jesus gives us more than we can see whether or not we deserve anything from Him at all. He is the ultimate Giver. Joe narrowed in on Ephesians 3 to exemplify the fullness of God and the vastness of His goodness toward us.

Ephesians 3:19-20 states, “And to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge – that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us.” 

Joe Ewen then poses the question: what is this fullness of God for? In what ways does this manifest in us while we are on Earth?

  1. To worship Him.
    1. Further, the fullness of God does not mean that our worship begins and ends on Sunday mornings. It is a consistent praise of His glory and presence in our lives.
  2. To bring others to worship Him, when they see the power working through us.
    1. Acts 3:4-6 reminds us of this very power that lives and works through us: “Peter looked straight at him, as did John. Then Peter said, ‘Look at us!’ So the man gave them his attention, expecting to get something from them. Then Peter said, ‘Silver or gold I do not have, but what I do have I give you. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, walk.'” 
    2. We are often focused so heavily on the heavenly good that we forget the earthly good. God is so good so as to give us tastes of heaven, even while living on Earth. He wants to use us for good!
    3. Luke 10:9 furthers this point that the power of the living God resides in us, when Jesus tells his disciples, “Heal the sick who are there and tell them, ‘The Kingdom of God has come near to you.'” This power is for us and in us, for our good and for the good of others.
  3. Fullness comes from knowing the one who is able. He is able to do exceedingly above anything we could ever do; when you think of fullness, it is imperative to think exceedingly abundantly. Because He is God, He is able to do superabundantly above the greatest abundance.
  4. We have the fullness of the power of the Godhead behind all we could ever ask or think. God wants us to do work in the realm of the impossible! The things that we can do ourselves, we should do ourselves; what God wants to do is the impossible, and he wants to do superabundantly more than our humanly capabilities so that He is glorified. “For in Christ the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form…” Colossians 2:9.
  5. This power is a power that works inside us. Releasing that power is the key to the salvation of the city and of His people.
  6. To know the fullness of God is so that there will be glory in the church. If we’re saved solely for a ticket to heaven, we are missing the point (and life abundant).
  7. To understand God’s fullness is to lead the church to fulfill its generational responsibilities.

God’s fullness is so far greater than our human comprehension will ever grasp. But we have a God who shows his face to us, that we may know Him and His superabundance.

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Easter Sunday Wrap-Up

He is not here; he has risen! Remember how he told you, while he was still with you in Galilee: ‘The Son of Man must be delivered over to the hands of sinners, be crucified and on the third day be raised again.’” Luke 24:6-7. 

We celebrated the glorious resurrection of Jesus on Easter Sunday with worship, service, and barbecue. Check out our photos from the day here (and try and spot your smile!).

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Sermon Recap: Easter Sunday

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“Therefore I do not run like someone running aimlessly; I do not fight like a boxer beating the air.” 1 Corinthians 9:26.  

As believers of Jesus, we are called also to believe in the incredible, intentional purpose of our earthly lives. Like athletes running a race of endurance, or fighting with agility and precision, we the church– the hands and feet of Jesus – are called to live purposefully. We are called to have faith in the person of Jesus, and to celebrate purposefully.

Therefore, because we have faith in the perfect person of Jesus Christ, we celebrate Easter by faith also. Interestingly, we put our faith in so many worldly things that are far less trustworthy than is Jesus. With steadfast expectation, we have faith that our car will start in the morning as we head out to work, that our airplane will land safely, that the medicine we purchase from the pharmacy will ease our symptoms of illness. But, as Christians, we are not to put our faith in the matters of the world; rather, we must decide for ourselves what is true. We must choose to put our faith in the Word, which God Himself breathed even before the beginning of time. His Word is the ultimate, incorruptible Truth.

Now Thomas (also known as Didymus), one of the Twelve, was not with the disciples when Jesus came. So the other disciples told him, ‘We have seen the Lord!’ But he said to them, ‘Unless I see the nail marks in his hands and put my finger where the nails were, and put my hand into his side, I will not believe’.” John 20:24-25. 

We celebrate Easter because it is the the resurrection of Jesus. Further, it was the turning point of Christianity. Over 500 people saw – with their own eyes – the resurrection of the man of Jesus. We are called to believe in the things unseen, but what an incredible, tangible sight to behold by human eyes!

John 20 continues in verses 26-27, “A week later his disciples were in the house again, and Thomas was with them. Though the doors were locked, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!” Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here; see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it into my side. Stop doubting and believe.”

In this passage, the incomprehensible, unsearchable compassion and understanding of Jesus is exemplified, as he meets Thomas right in the midst of his unbelief. What is even more beautiful and outlandish is that this is the heart of Jesus for every person on earth; His heart seeks to find us, and to instill belief wherever there is unbelief. He is not discouraged by our unbelief, but instead, draws us nearer to Him to show us His goodness.

“Thomas said to him, ‘My Lord and my God!’ Then Jesus told him, ‘Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed’.” John 20:28-29.  

We celebrate Easter as a grand invitation to put our trust in the One we cannot see, “so we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal”. 2 Corinthians 4:18.

This specific Holiday reminds us both to celebrate and of the ways in which we are blessed by God:

  1. We are saved. Romans 10:9 promises: “If you declare with your mouth that Jesus is Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.”
  2. We have life and life abundant in Christ Jesus. Romans 8:11 reminds us “if the spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies because of his Spirit who lives in you”.

We celebrate Easter to praise the person of Jesus, to declare our belief in the Resurrection, and to acknowledge our faith in the unseen, that which is everlasting. We are invited to celebrate, as even the angels are in awe of our faith! Hebrews 11:1 further describes this faith which even stuns the angels: “Now faith is the confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see”. Though we face fleeting matters of the world, God is good and he is eternally good. In Him through Christ Jesus we are free, and that is the very reason for celebration.

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Check back soon for more photos from our very own Easter Sunday celebration (spoiler alert: it may have involved BBQ). 

Sermon Recap: Ephesians 6

The book of Ephesians has directed our several week-long series at Mosaic titled Present Battle: Eternal Victory. Last Sunday, Carrie Bach closed the series with a beautifully vulnerable sermon emphasizing Ephesians 6.

We are in a present battle that has an eternal victory. Therefore, it is vital that our identity is deeply rooted in Jesus and in Him alone. Our strength lies in the Lord and not in our own might, for apart from Him, we can do nothing.

“Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.” Ephesians 6:10-12.

God has called us to put on our armor. Our society encourages us to fight for ourselves (as seen often in asking for a pay raise at work, for example), but this is not what God intends for us. He doesn’t call us to charge or to fight, but rather, to stand and to know His strength. In that, there is power.

“Therefore, take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm. Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and as shoes on your feet, having put on the readiness by the given by the gospel of peace. In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one; and take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God, praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication…”. Ephesians 6:13-18.

In the first part of Ephesians 6, God asks us to do these three things: Stand. Withstand. Stand firm.

As God’s people, we are made to stand. It’s part of our identity. It is who God has made us to be. Of course, this begs the question: how do we stand? In what ways, specifically, can we do what God is asking us to do and walk out in this identity? In this chapter, Paul provides handrails to the Ephesians. Thankfully, we can take his encouragement for these people as encouragement for ourselves, as the Word is living and relevant today as it was 2000 years ago.

  1. Fasten on the belt of truth
    1. It is not relative. My situation does not define His Truth.
    2. I do not examine the Bible, the Bible examines me.
  2. Put on the breastplate of righteousness.
    1. We live under the grace of God – it is the love of God – which prompts us and encourages us to live glory to glory. His call to righteousness is not so much a chore as it is an honor to represent Him
    2. The love of God transforms us into His image
    3. Righteousness is not religious; God’s righteousness is not a license to sin.
  3. Put shoes on your feet with a readiness of the gospel of peace. The gospel is powerful to advance His Kingdom. The gospel is greater than words on a page; it transforms.
  4. Take up the shield of faith. God does not call us to live by what is seen but to live by what is unseen. What lives in the eternal is the most real, despite our tangible worldly reality
  5. Take the helmet of salvation. Romans 8:6: “The mind governed by flesh is death, but the mind governed by the Spirit is life and peace.” The helmet guards us from the lies of the enemy. He stalks like a lion, but his roar is his greatest asset. There is nothing more he can do than to roar, as his force is weak.
  6. Take the sword of the spirit – the Word. This is our greatest defense in the battle against the enemy, because The Word is Truth.
  7. Pray
    1. Prayer is powerful and effective. Prayer brings about the peace of God. Prayer changes nations.
    2. Worrying is not prayer. Complaining is not prayer.

Clothe yourselves in the armor of God. Know that His armor is a gift; to receive it is a gift. However, we must know the word of God in order to use this gift effectively. To be made to stand, you must spend time with Him. With this knowledge, there are things we can do to grow in intimacy with Him, so that we may receive the gift and use it authoritatively:

Check out to check in. Check out of media to check in to the presence of God. Of course, media is not inherently wrong and it is not inherently sin, but to use it as a point of comparison is sinful and it is destructive.

Dress well to test well. Put on your armor, as Paul describes in Ephesians.

Understand that we are not moved by our weakness but remain standing by His strength. God is not surprised by our weakness or our lack. The joy of the Lord is our strength, and in our weakness, He reveals His greatness. God knows we cannot fight the battle alone; in His grace, He doesn’t ask us to do so. The Lord will fight for you; all you must do is stand.

Remember who we are fighting against, and remember the great name of our Victor. Turn your eyes toward the Victor, because the battle is already won. He is winning today and He will win forever.

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No Place Like Home – Men’s Homeless Shelter

 

7:30 rolls around and the men start funneling in out of the rain, stopping at the staff members desk to sign in and blow a zero on the breathalyzer. Once inside, each man is free to make himself at home. He sets his things on his bed and then beelines for the table by the kitchen. While scoping out the food for the evening, he weighs the options of what to grab and save for later while getting a hot plate of food to satisfy his hunger in the moment. He sits down at the table, cracks a joke, and dives into the food, ready to talk about nearly anything and everything.

Welcome to the Phinney Ridge Emergency Shelter – an old basement-turned-shelter in the bottom of the Emmanuel Church building. Every night from November through April, twenty men fill the space on the other side of the gym wall. Union Gospel Mission has a few shelters like this around the Greater Seattle Area, but the men like to call this one the “Cadillac” of shelters.

Why the “Cadillac” of shelters?  One guy explains it this way, “It’s clean, we get spoiled with good food from you guys, the staff actually really cares about us, and it feels like a safe place with not too shady of characters. Everyone’s actually pretty decent believe it or not.” Since the men get their spot held for them each night, it tends to be the same crew of men for the season, which allows consistency and a fairly quirky community to emerge. The men even have their names written on duct tape above their beds to give them ownership over their space.

The overall purpose for UGM’s emergency shelters is to provide a space for the homeless to spend the night during the wet winter months. However, beyond just a dry space, the deeper desire of the staff is to support the men as they figure out the next step. Whether it is getting a bus ticket for the next day, beginning the steps of finding a job, or connecting them with a treatment program, the staff is there to help.

I love that Jesus would be hanging out with these men in the shelter. I imagine Jesus cooking up something delicious, enjoying the food with the guys, joking around about pop culture, and talking about the latest game. Then he would naturally use simple conversations and stories to reveal the heart of the God.

The desperate places we like to hide and cover up in our lives actually allow us to meet with Jesus. In the shelter where facades (good and bad) are stripped away, you can either experience Jesus up close and personal or purposefully ignore him. But when you have no control, you are desperate for something hopeful and real.

The realities of homelessness can be shocking and hard to fully comprehend. It isn’t easy to walk alongside people in addiction or to see friends pass away from heart failure and cancer. It’s not a light matter to celebrate with someone the victory of being clean and sober, only to see him trip up months later and spiral back into addiction. The realities some of the guys are facing can be completely out of our control or experience. In all honesty, we don’t have the solutions or ability to make a measurable change in any of their lives. How do you respond when a man tells you his wife died and he couldn’t handle it so he ran away and ended up homeless on the streets? In each of these uncomfortable places I’ve continued to learn one thing: in every desperate situation there is still hope because Jesus is there. It is in the hard conversations where I am at a loss for words that I have to look to Jesus for how to respond. The guys don’t need our wisdom or solutions, they just need someone to care and walk alongside them.

I love that Jesus would be so proud of these men for fighting hard and he would want to do anything he could to see them succeed. When a guy decides to share his extra blanket, Jesus rejoices in the generosity of such a simple gesture. If a guy opens up about a drug addiction, Jesus is so proud of his vulnerability. Jesus is their biggest fan, rooting and fighting for them even if no one else will. If Jesus is doing that, I want to be as well.

This past year we saw an amazing thing happened in the shelter – the men started referring to the shelter as “home.” At first we overlooked the gravity of what they were saying but then it dawned on us. Home is where you can settle in for the night, have a good meal, enjoy conversation, and fall asleep knowing you are safe and protected. Home is where people are able to fully be themselves. Home is where each person is always accepted, welcomed, cared for, and never overlooked. Home is a safe place to let down one’s guard and begin steps towards healing and restoration. The shelter had become a home for each of these men with varying stories, dreams, and challenges. If we’ve had the smallest impact on helping make the shelter feel like home for these guys, then every meal, conversation, and slightest interaction is totally worth it.

Despite the success of last year, UGM staff says that this year is the best yet! Not because of success rates and measurable changes, but because of the way Mosaic Community Church has partnered with the shelter more than ever before. UGM finds it is these kind of partnerships that are essential to produce lasting change in the men – building friendships that are authentic and go beyond a structured program.

You may have forgotten, but earlier this winter Mosaic Community Church wanted to bless the men of the shelter in a tangible way – by buying new beds and boots for the men! Holy cow, were the guys shocked, overwhelmed, and thankful that Mosaic Community Church cared so much. The night the beds arrived at the shelter the men came in and were speechless. It was funny to see guys try to keep their cool as they tested out the mattress and gave a child-like nod of approval.

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Above: The old “beds”
Below: The new beds!

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More recently the special-ordered boots arrived, with each man getting his perfect size. A few of the guys passed by at first, stating that they didn’t need new shoes. However, when they realized they were new waterproof boots they stopped in their tracks, turned right around and eagerly accepted them. The men were all smiles as they tried on the boots. One guy, Paul, had just gotten a new job that day and the one thing he was lacking for it was a pair of sturdy boots. He was giddy with excitement when the boots fit, exclaiming how it was perfect timing! The men wanted me to pass on their thanks to each of you who gave this year to help make the new beds and boots possible.

Thumbs up from Scott on the boots!

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As the winter months are winding down, the men are starting to search for their next “home.” The shelter closes at the end of April to reopen again in November. It’s always a hard time for the men and staff as they know the clock is ticking before they are out on the streets again. There is no better time to stop by, bring a meal, and change the atmosphere of the shelter for an evening. Literally, every meal and conversation that happens makes an impact because the men know you are taking your personal time to hang out with them. Rally your friends, lifegroup, or coworkers, make a meal together and sit around the table with the men. Hear their stories, laugh a lot, and catch a glimpse of why Jesus thinks these men are awesome.

If you want to learn more or or sign up to serve at the shelter, email shelter@mosaic-seattle.org.

Written by Sarah Slegh

Responding to Lent

Lent has started and Easter is coming.

On February 10th 2016, Ash Wednesday, Lent started. By many in and out of the church, the beginning of this amazing period went unnoticed. And so the days keep ticking. And I believe the church is missing an incredible opportunity to grow in faith and encounter the Person of Jesus in the midst of their weakness.

What is Lent?

There are so may thoughts and answers, but typically it is a time frame of 46 days. From Ash Wednesday to Easter Sunday. It begins with Ash Wednesday reminding us of our own mortality and need for repentance and ends with the resurrection of our King of Kings. The in-between period is for fasting, simplifying, repenting, praying, and in general preparing for the amazing day of celebrating the risen King on Easter.

The already, but not yet.

As Lent has started, and I have reflected, Lent has taken on a new meaning. Two things have struck me this year. First, the picture of standing in the already, but not yet we Christians continually live in the tension of. A fascinating thing about Lent, is that each Sunday is considered a mini-Easter. A day of celebration in the midst of repentance, fasting, and mourning. Isn’t that life.

We live in the midst of victories while still being affected by the sin of ours and others in this world that has not yet become the new heaven and new earth.

We live in the already, but not yet. This time frame started the first Easter Sunday and will continue until He returns. And so, I live in this constant struggle of faith and disappointment. Being ones called to live like faith, often times feels like Peter walking on water and being overwhelmed by the wind and the waves. The struggle was real then and the struggle continues and will do so until the day my tears are wiped away by the Gentle One.  Babies are born and loved ones die. Freedom from addiction is found, and relapses occur. Unexplainable healing and cancer diagnoses. Extremes acts of mercy and selfishness. In the same day, hour, minute, breath. Our world is so fickle. Our circumstances so shifting. Me included.

One day, the already will not be followed by the not yet.

This Lent, instead of floundering in the tension and getting sucked under by the disappointment, I am letting it root me deeper into Him who is not a shifting shadow. He who does not change. He who I can find rest and refuge and gifts of faith and expectation. Waiting for with a raised face and lifted hands for the already but not yet that is in front of me. On the days when the not yet, the fasting, the repentance, the reminder of my mortality is what is in front of me, I will look ahead to Easter Sunday. In so many words, in so many places, “it is only Friday, but Sunday is coming.” (S. M. Lockridge) Because, dear ones, we know the end of the story. It isn’t a secret. He wins. Death is defeated. One day, the already will not be followed by the not yet. Church, let us be the ones who rise up in faith and believe this Lent. In the midst of the tension, the discouragement, the despair, let us in hope and expectation celebrate the mini-Easters all around us. Because, truth be told, He is already making all things new. He is always turning ashes into beauty.

Secondly, Lent is a continual reminder that it is not about me. This whole thing, this whole life, it is for Him. For His glory. Lent in its practice is about fasting and simplifying and praying, which helps us humans to remember that we are here and dependent on the all powerful Father.  And so, this Lenten season, I would challenge you to fast. Fast from food, from coffee, media, Instagram, candy, or fast from lying, anger, bitterness, resentment, control, jealousy, discontentment.  Fast from something that will drive you to your knees and into His Presence. And as you do so, you see that Lent is not only a helpful, but a powerful tool.  It exposes our weakness to let His strength be exposed. The fasting and praying is to help discipline us into remembering He. Is. Here. And when He is here, nothing ever stays the same. We easily decrease so He might increase, we die so He might live, we choose the narrow, knowing that it leads to full, abundant life. With Jesus, we die, not to die, but we die to live. It is a privilege.  It is the best life.

When we choose to die so that He may live, we watch the impossible happen.

Instead of being annoyed by disturbance in our daily routine, we see them as a door for Him to work through. The Ethiopian eunuch becomes saved (Acts 8:26-40). Instead of getting stuck in our hardships and defeats, we give them to Him. Our shipwrecks become peoples places of deliverance and salvation (Acts 28). The mundane and ordinary small things He has called us to, do not bore and weary us, but become chances to let Him use our broken vessels. Then our homes will become places where the sick are healed and blind see (Matt 8:14-16). God knows us. He sees us. And still He invites us. When we through fasting, praying, simplifying, or whatever other means, think of ourselves less and Him more, we are apt to hear the invitation. And then to say yes to it. It truly is a glorious adventure. Waiting in the field with the buried treasure. Will you find it? Will you sell all to get it? Nobody can keep your from it. Truly. It is yours for the taking.

This Lent, in the midst of the fasting and the praying and the believing and the celebrating.  I will remember the mini- Easters, and raise my feeble hands once more. Asking for a fresh breath of faith. And I will again, say, Jesus come. And I will ask, where is my story not Your story. Where have I drawn a boundary and said, this is mine and the rest is Yours. Where is my life being played out and I am asking You to sit on the bench. And then give that part to Him. Watch the miraculous happen. Watch that death, turn to life. Watch the hopeless days become filled with faith. And then with empty hands, but a full heart, celebrate freely, wildly, undignified, the King of Kings this coming Easter.

 

Written by Carrie Bach

 

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Reflecting on a Year in MDS

“That according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith – that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.”
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To know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge – that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.

MDS, Mosaic Community Church’s Discipleship School is so much more than academic lessons and weekly readings for application; it is a vehicle for growing incredibly and exponentially in faith, obedience, and understanding of the love of God which surpasses human comprehension. Nothing in all the earth is as wildly beautiful as knowing a love like this, as Ephesians describes.

When the opportunity to apply for the day school was first announced as I was a Mosaic newcomer, I was discouraged; as a 9-5 office employee, it wouldn’t have worked with my schedule. God is a good God, though, and the following Sunday at church, the opportunity to apply for night school was announced for those interested but unavailable during the day. Even before the first class began, God had already begun speaking loudly and clearly to me; he made a way, responding immediately to my disappointment and frustration with an open door of opportunity. Already, he was showing me so tangibly how good and how great He is, that He takes joy in giving us the desires of our hearts, just like He says He does.

“MDS is a vehicle for growing incredibly and exponentially in faith, obedience, and understanding of the love of God which surpasses human comprehension.”

This was a constant and steady learning throughout my experience in the class. Over and again, God reminded my classmates and I of His attentiveness to our asks. One of my biggest learnings was that He is not a God that works outside of our lives, but that He is so intertwined in our daily lives – in the smallest and the biggest decisions – and so invested in everything that we do. This isn’t because He is a demanding God, but rather, because He is a loving Father that wants to be part of our lives.

Throughout my experience, I learned what an intimate and intricate relationship with Jesus looks like. I learned that a relationship with Him doesn’t mean I have to be perfect before coming to Him, but that even in the midst of my flaw and failure, He loves me even more than I will ever know. I learned that prayer doesn’t always look like reciting thanks before a meal or declaring health and blessing over others; sometimes it just looks like engaging him in my thoughts.

“This isn’t because He is a demanding God, but rather, because He is a loving Father that wants to be part of our lives.”

Prior to MDS, the term “obedience” terrified me. Obedience held negative connotations in my mind; it meant sacrifice, suffering, and hardship. It meant depravity and lack. God works so differently though, I came to understand. Obedience is not something to fear, because instead, obedience to a God that is so good only brings good.

“Obedience is not something to fear, because instead, obedience to a God that is so good only brings good.”

I learned – and am learning – that to obey God is to open our arms for Him to pour out His blessing. To disobey, though, is to close ourselves off from the best He has for us (not that He would ever stop loving ceaselessly despite our disobedience). I am now more free than I have ever been. I know I can choose God’s way for me – and to walk directly into His fullness – or I can choose the way of the world – and walk directly into His mercy and forgiveness.

“I know that, because the God of heaven and earth is on my side, I cannot lose. Even when I fail.”

Each year, the cumulative ending to the school is an international mission trip to apply and activate our learnings. This year, the students with children traveled to Tijuana, Mexico, and the remainder of the students ventured to Bangalore, India. I had a unique experience, in that my Visa didn’t get approved, so as much as I cried and fought and prayed and questioned God’s doing, India wasn’t meant for me. Of course, my team came back with incredible testimonies of people healed physically and emotionally, of the people of India being changed and coming to know Jesus.

The stories my teammates returned with were those that we had been expectant of and praying for throughout the entire year – a man rising out of a wheelchair, having been disabled for a decade (!) – but I had a testimony of my own to share of God’s goodness. Though I was so frustrated, overwhelmed, confused, and heartbroken, I couldn’t even doubt for one second God had let me down. I couldn’t even think to blame him, or question His authority and power and ability to move mountains for me, because I know He can. He says so.

After a year, my classmates and I have graduated from the night school, not as “better” Christians, riding to heaven on the perfection of our deeds or our sinlessness (as we are so far from perfect), but as more steadfast and faithful believers. MDS doesn’t strive to produce perfect Christians. Contrarily, this is far from the point of it. Its point, instead, it to stir the faith of its students, releasing them into the world with a deeper revelation of a love that surpasses knowledge, filled to the brim and overflowing with the fullness of God.

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The Mosaic Discipleship Schools equip and release faithful disciples of Jesus to change the world. The Night School has just begun and the Day School is still accepting applications. Visit the Mosaic website for more information and applications.

Written by Sophie Sturdevant