What do you think of when you hear the word mission? Maybe it’s traversing across the world through a jungle to meet a new people group. Maybe it’s a service project to help the poor and marginalized in our city. Or perhaps it’s a trip you went on with your youth group way back when.

All these things are good, and certainly are in some form or fashion a part of what we know as mission. But there’s one thing about these definitions that seems to fall short. They are all something we do – something added to an already busy life.

But what if the mission of God was less about what we what have to do and more about who we are called be be? What if instead of adding one more thing to an already busy schedule, we understand the mission of God as the natural overflow in the midst of our everyday life?

That’s what our new series, “Surprise The World,” is all about – stopping the rat race of one more thing to do and beginning to live out God’s mission in the everyday stuff of life. If we are increasingly living into our life in Christ, our lives should be noticeably different that the world around us.  As we focus less on what to do and more on who to become, we begin to be different in a way that makes a difference. This is what Peter tells us in 1 Peter 3:15:

“But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect.”

The hope that our lives naturally display should cause people to ask questions. And believe me – real hope stands out in our world today. ‘Surprise The World’ will be all about simple habits that help us become the kind of person that overflows with hope.

So what if the pressure to do one more thing was finally gone? What if God is longing to use you where you already are. That’s where we are headed Sunday night – we’ll see you there!