[Below are the opening remarks to the commissioning service we had for Scott and Kristin Morter, being sent from our church to be on-mission to Ireland. You can listen the sermon and commissioning in its entirety here.]
On the evening of that day, the first day of the week, the doors being locked where the disciples were for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said to them, “Peace be with you.” When he had said this, he showed them his hands and his side. Then the disciples were glad when they saw the Lord. Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, even so I am sending you.” And when he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you withhold forgiveness from any, it is withheld” (John 20:19-23 ESV).
One of the first things that we must realize at a time like this, and specifically at a service like this, is that Scott and Kristen are not the heroes here, Jesus is the hero and the point of this …read more