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Jesus and Mission

I’ve spilt quite a bit of digital ink over the last few months working through the reasons why we pursue missional communities, the core practices of missional communities, leadership systems for missional communities, and a variety of other practical things related to missional communities.

For today’s post, I wanted to share a sermon that my pastor and friend Matt Carter gave at Verge 2010 entitled Jesus and Mission.  I believe it will be a timely word for many of you, and has often been a sermon I have returned back to.  In the midst of strategy, it’s easy to lose sight of our primary calling to love our Savior…may it never be!

How are you prone to wander from the Savior?

By Todd Engstrom

Although I was raised in the church and had a knowledge of God, I didn’t embrace Jesus until I heard gospel preached and lived out by some Young Life leaders. God has proven faithful and good to me since that day, even in great suffering and loss. I have learned to treasure Romans 8:28 as a wellspring of hope and truth.

God has blessed me with an amazing wife (Olivia), three sons (Micah, Hudson and Owen) and a daughter (Emmaline). Growing up in the northwest, the thought never crossed my mind that I would have four children who are native Texans. Despite landing in the south, I still watch Notre Dame games with my children every Saturday in hopes they will land at my alma mater.

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