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God Said, “Go!” A Message from Rev. Dr. Leon C. Moore, Jr.


 



BE BOLD: Face Now – Embrace Next – See New


God Said, “Go!”


General Secretary Rev. Leon Moore, Jr.

Rev. Dr. Leon C. Moore, Jr. 


Interpretation can be misleading when we miss the message or get the voice incorrect. Did we miss the primary message when we see all the things humanity has allowed the Church to become? Did we miss the message of God concerning the reign of God, the mission of Jesus Christ, and the boldness of the Holy Spirit? First, let me speak clearly about humanity and the Church. I hope it is not necessary to define the Church and if so, we have certainly missed being light in dark places. However, humanity has allowed the church to become a watered-down version of prevenient grace that longs for the days of nostalgia.

We cannot embrace boldness by only looking backward or praying without faith and effort. God has given the church (not the institution) Godly power to become fishers of humanity, but the human condition of power over humility has made the church weaker in the message of God. The message of God should focus on the concern for souls and power over evil and darkness. As vessels of light, we must take the light to the world, a world filled with evil and darkness. In order to completely do so, however, we must hear God’s call to “go.” God sent Jesus into the wilderness, and afterward, God sent Jesus on a mission course that led him to various cities, towns, and regions. Jesus spent an enormous amount of time with God in preparation to “go.” Earlier, I posed the question, “Did we miss the message?” Although a rhetorical question, I would attempt to respond this way.

Did we miss the message? Yes, and I suggest the primary message that we missed is intimacy with God. Jesus was intentionally in the desert. He intentionally spent quality time with God. Unfortunately, the Church has not spent quality time with God to become fishers of humanity. After Jesus’s time in the desert and the temptation of the prince of darkness, Jesus shows the importance of God’s sending him to Israel and other places. His message was simple, “Follow me.” We must develop the same message and ask people to follow Christ. However, we cannot be prepared to go unless we spend time with God to hear the direction in which to go. We have been going where we wanted instead of where God assigned us.

In Jonah 1:1-2, 1 The word of the Lord came to Jonah son of Amittai: 2 “Go to the great city of Nineveh and preach against it because its wickedness has come up before me.” In chapter 2 Jonah spends intimate time with God alone in the belly of the gigantic fish, which leads Jonah to accept his ministry to the people of Nineveh. God was interested in the souls in Nineveh and sent a preacher to speak so the people would repent. At the time, it was not a priority for Jonah to go.

We must not put a matter of our own importance before God’s call to go, but we must spend time with the God who calls us to be light in dark places and then go. Although Jonah was in the darkness of the fish, God’s presence was the light needed to transform his heart and thus, share the message of salvation. Therefore, we too must “Go” and do likewise!

 

We are The Christian Methodist Episcopal Church recognizing the importance of Christ in our daily lives.

 

Rev. Dr. Leon C. Moore, Jr.

General Secretary of Evangelism and Missions

Anderson Chapel CME, Holly Springs, MS

https://thecmechurch.org/evangelism/


Bob Farr, Renovate or Die: Ten Ways to Focus Your Church on Mission (Nashville, TN: Abingdon Press, 2011), 17.

Othal Hawthorne Lakey, The History of the CME Church (Memphis, TN: The CME Publishing House, 1996), 196.

 

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