The Great Co-Mission

The Great Co-Mission

Wordle image depicting the Great Commission passage

Many who have been Christians for some time or who grew up in the church are familiar with a phrase called “The Great Commission” – Jesus’ instruction to go and make disciples of all nations.

But what is really so “great” about this mandate?  Often it can loom over us as a chore that feels uncomfortable or awkward, and many times it becomes more of a suggestion – something we think we ought to do, but don’t.

Is this truly all there is to the Great Commission?  Is it simply an outwardly focused, burdensome task?  Is there nothing in it for us?

Join us as we continue in our current series, “The Great Co-Mission,” where we explore the answers to these questions.  We will push deeper in our understanding as we uncover that the great commission is a dual mission:  that going out and telling others about Jesus goes hand in hand with our internal growth.

What do the internal benefits of the great commission look like?  What’s in it for us when we share who Jesus is with others?  Join us and find out!

Jesus in the Margins

Who are in the Margins? Who are the marginalized? They are the neglected or ignored. They are the stranger, the immigrant, the homeless and the poor.

Join us this month as we kick off a new series, “Jesus in the Margins,” about how  Jesus invites us to care about the marginalized. We will push into deeper understanding and application of this side of Jesus’ nature. We have already had a small taste of this. Just a week ago, a group from Outpour took a first step toward connecting with the homeless community in St Louis, through a partnership with New Life Evangelical Center. Here is what Esther, a medical student at Outpour, wrote about her experience:

What I saw was astounding.  Not only did we see individuals sleeping on the side of the street, but we also found “hidden” homeless communities with makeshift tents and tarps put together under freeways and in unheated old buildings.  I have seen a lot of poverty in other countries, but it was something entirely different to see it in my own city, only a 10 minute drive from the warm, dry home in which I live.

This is only a first step for us, but taking the time to physically visit the forgotten places of our city is already changing us, because Jesus is waiting for us there. He meets us as we connect with the marginalized, in fact He counts our care for them as service to Himself:

“For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me…I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.”
Matthew 25:35-40

While many look to the mainstream, Jesus leads us to the marginalized; He specifically emphasized that we not ignore those in the margins. While many seek the powerful and the affluent, Jesus leads us to the voiceless and the poor, to the distant and diverse, to the lost and the misfits.  We find Jesus in the Margins.

Why follow Jesus to the Margins? How do we go there together? What can we expect to experience? Come walk with us for the next few weeks as we venture farther into to the Margins together.


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