Monday, April 19, 2010

World Passion Week 2010

And he called ten of his slaves, and gave them ten minas and said to them, “Do business with this until I come back.” Luke 19:13

This is World Passion Week for Northwest Bible Church. This is the time of year we gather money for our corporate efforts to take the gospel to our city and around the world. It is one way we live out our value, “loving a lost and broken world.”

John Maisel (president of East-West Ministries) kicked us off yesterday by taking us through Luke 19:11-26 (The Parable of the Ten Minas). Here were his five key points as he challenged us with the thought that we are chosen by God for this time in history to be about the business of Jesus.
1.Jesus is the King.
2.We are Jesus’ servants.
3.Jesus owns the resources.
4.Jesus’ servants will give an account.
5.The task is clear. (Chase after the King and His kingdom agenda to proclaim the gospel).

Here’s a statement that John made that really hit me, “If you have a dream that Jesus is not the center of, you have the wrong dream.”

Let’s pray each day this week that we would embrace the five things John taught us from this parable. Let’s pray that each of us will take a faith promise card and pray, “Jesus, we want what you want.” Today, let’s also pray for East-West Ministries and John Maisel as he leads that work. You can learn more about East-West at

Please check out our outreach program, our supported missionaries and what’s going on with World Passion Week at

1 comment:

Erin said...

Neil, I was so moved by John yesterday! His message was so mighty, and I could have yelled out an "amen!" so many times! :)

He reminded me of how I felt after reading "The Heavenly Man" and "Tortured for Christ" - he put words to it best - we have to give ourselves to something bigger than ourselves. And that spiritual maturity is when the things that concern God begin to concern us. I'm so excited about this week of hearing from our international outreach, but I'm also so excited by the body of Northwest reaching out locally. Aaron Armstrong did a great job at our small group leader training presenting local outreach opportunities, and it is exciting what God is doing and can do through us if we're willing! I can't wait to hear John next Sunday!

*sorry for the novel!