As a nation, we’ll celebrate our 240th birthday on July 4. There are so many monuments that have been built to help us remember those who fought for freedom. These monuments are designed to help us as a nation to remember those who lived heroic lives.
In the Old Testament there’s a pivotal point in the life of King Saul in 1 Samuel 14 and 15 where it seems he becomes more concerned about what people think of him than he cares about God’s mission for him.
One of the external evidences for this is written of in 1 Samuel 15:
12 Early the next morning Samuel went to find Saul. Someone told him, “Saul went to the town of Carmel to set up a monument to himself; then he went on to Gilgal.”
Did you catch that? He set up a monument to himself.
Monuments vs. being monumental
noun: monument; plural noun: monuments
a statue, building, or other structure erected to commemorate a famous or notable person or event.
Monuments dominantly denote the past (In my mind, the Gateway Arch is among the few monuments put up to make people think of the future or possibility). They tend to focus on people and their past achievements.
As a church, we aren’t into setting up monuments.
Our Lord Jesus is alive and working in His church.
The mission of our Lord is vibrant and vital.
This mission he calls on us to be part of is truly monumental.
1great in importance, extent, or size.
God has us on a monumental mission - to intentionally connect people with Jesus. It’s a mission of great importance, extent, and size. It’s a mission that radiates from where we gather for worship, training, equipping, and fellowship and literally spans the globe.
Did you know that any given Sunday there are 300-400 young people hearing about Jesus at Forum?
Did you know that 800-900 adults are worshiping and growing in Christ?
Did you know that over a quarter of a million dollars is being sent out to missions around the globe from our ministry?
Did you know that God continues to lead people to Forum every week?
We are striving to aggressively advance Christ’s kingdom in a monumental way. If Christ doesn’t return for another 100 years, I hope that what God did in our lives during this season of ministry will be multiplied a thousand times over.
Every day and night I pray and I know you are praying as well that Columbia, Missouri as a town comes to know Jesus as Lord.
So, rather than having a monument to Jesus, Jesus would much rather us live monumentally. He would have us to live strong and bold because He is Lord of our lives. We’ll be talking about the Lordship of Jesus this weekend as we close out our series, “We believe.” Looking forward to a monumental Sunday.