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God gave the people of Israel the year of Jubilee to celebrate his goodness and faithfulness. Every 50 years, the people were to take a full year off from work and trust in the Lord. Unfortunately, the people never celebrated the Jubilee. Due to their unbelief, the people were sent into exile. But God brought jubilee to bear through the incarnation of Jesus.
We live sent because Jesus was sent by God. His mission shapes our mission. As God's people, we are to move towards others with the gospel in love and compassion. In the Gospel of John, we regularly see Jesus being sent to do something or sent to reach someone who is far from God.
The gospel empowers us to live for God. We don't live for God in order to get things from God. We live for God because of what Jesus has done for us through his life, death, and resurrection. But the Christian life is also one of continually growth. We grow, however, not solely as individuals, but within the context of community. We grow together within the church.
"The cry is human; to lament is Christian," writes author Mark Vroegop. So how many times in life we wonder how we got into the situation we're in! And we wonder how we can get out of it and how to live in the midst of it. Lamentations answers those questions.
The book of Acts records the spread of the gospel across the globe. After Jesus instructed his followers for forty days, the Spirit of God comes down upon the church, empowering her for God's mission. Through the power of the Spirit, the movement Jesus started continued to multiply throughout the world.