Go and Make Disciples
These notes are from the sermon delivered by the Rev. Bee Vang, Pastor and Mission Developer of the Amazing Grace Ministry, ELCA housed at the St. Phillip’s Lutheran Church in Fridley, MN. The Amazing Grace Ministry is an outreach congregation to the Hmong community. Rev. Vang is a graduate of Concordia University and Luther Seminary. Rev. Vang was the guest preacher at Mt. Carmel on Sunday, April 28, the Second Sunday of Easter.
“Grace and peace from God the Father and our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all”
It is my privilege to spend this first Sunday after Easter with you. I want to thank pastor John for extending this invitation. I bring you greeting from your brothers and sisters in Christ. We are a new mission start of the Minneapolis Area Synod.
SHARE A LITTLE BIT ABOUT LUTHER MEMORIAL LUTHERAN CHURCH:
- Pastor Carol Stumme was called in 1999 to help close its door within six months
- She saw new opportunities and re-ignited the congregation’s passion for ministry
- Began outreaching to the Hmong people around its community
- Instead of closing its door, Luther Memorial managed to bear witness to the resurrected Christ for another 18
- During those 18 years, this little congregation raised 3 ordained pastors and one serving his internship as of
- The church held its final service on May 20th,
THE NEED FOR A NEW MINISTRY:
- In Christ, there is no death. There’s only rebirth—giving new
- After serving as its pastor for 5 years, I left that call to start a new mission start for the Minneapolis Area Synod and called the new ministry, Amazing Grace
- This came out of a need for making the Gospel relevant to the people…my passionhas been to bring the Gospel to the Hmong community. Minnesota is home to one of the largest Hmong refugee settlements in the U.S. There are over 60,000 Hmong living in the State of Minnesota, with the majority of them making Minneapolis and Saint Paul their homes.
- There over 300,000 Hmong living in the U.S. and about 12 percent of them are Christians.
OUR TEXT FOR TODAY—Where Jesus is commissioning the disciples to bear witness…
“19 Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”
- Jesus commission the disciples to “GO AND MAKE DISCIPLES”
- And, he promises to be with them “TO THE END OF THE AGE.”
LOOK AROUND US… “Who are our neighbors?” How do we hear Jesus’ command “to go and make disciples of all nations?”
AT AMAZING GRACE—We believe we are called to Grow in Faith, Share the Gospel, and SERVICE to ALL.”
We are a new mission start and we are learning to tell our stories…for we know that if we can’t make sense of our own stories, if we can’t tell why Jesus matters to us, how can we share the gospel with others?
Things are happening and continue to happen because we don’t believe in a Christ that remains in the tomb, but one that is resurrected! We know that even death cannot confine him…
At AMAZING GRACE, we understand that we are living our resurrected life in the here and now…We are learning to live generously, and we are learning on how we can share this amazing “grace” that is uniquely understood by us, the Lutherans. We are people living by faith through grace…and we want to bring other Hmong people to experience and taste this “amazing grace.” Amen.