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A Missional Lesson From Leviticus?

The first three verses of Leviticus are worthy of our riveting attention; they give insight as to how relationship with the Lord works.

Surprisingly, there are lessons to be learned on God’s calling and our response to that calling from Leviticus. This may be one of the most skipped over books of the Bible. It is sometimes viewed as boring and irrelevant for today or a cure for insomnia. But the first three verses of Leviticus are, in fact, worthy of our riveting attention. It gives insight as to how relationship with Him still works for us to this day. Let’s take a look.

  • The Lord summoned Moses, and He calls us today to make disciples.
  • The Lord spoke to Moses – a regular occurrence, Today the Lord speaks to us through His Word.
  • Moses was instructed to share a message; the message was to bring an offering or sacrifice. We too are instructed to bring to the Lord an offering; an offering of our time, talent and treasure.
    • The offering is to be unblemished, cheerfully given and the best of our time and talent.
    • The offering is to be voluntary—of our own free will.
    • The offering is to be to the Lord—visible, public, which is good motivation to give our best.

Are you ready to share, give your best with an offering of your life cheerfully with all your heart, mind, soul and strength? Explore what that might look like by participating at MissionNext without obligation. You can opt out at any time.

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Leviticus 1
1 Now the Lord called to Moses, and spoke to him from the tabernacle of meeting, saying, 2 “Speak to the children of Israel, and say to them: ‘When any one of you brings an offering to the Lord, you shall bring your offering of the livestock—of the herd and of the flock. 3 ‘If his offering is a burnt sacrifice of the herd, let him offer a male without blemish; he shall offer it of his own free will at the door of the tabernacle of meeting before the Lord.
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Nelson is the generic Evangelical baby-boomer. Born in 1946, raised in the C&MA, he attended Urbana ’67 in college. He holds an MS degree in Chemical Engineering and worked in R&D positions in American industry for 33 years. Nelson is an inventor with formal training in methods of creative problem-solving. He was a founding elder at Walnut Hill Community Church in Bethel, CT (1982) and served in many leadership capacities of what is now one of the largest Evangelical churches in New England. In 1998 Nelson founded the Finishers Project, now MissionNext. Locally he attends a Torah study and serves as chairman of the Sewer Commission in his community to be a witness among unchurched leaders.

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