Contributed on Jun 6, 2009
An introduction to a new ministry vision. In this message, the context for the Church is set and the four pillars of the new ministry vision are introduced: Discipleship; Assimilation; Biblical Peacemaking; Leadership Development.
Yesterday, the events of the Normandy invasion – D-Day – were remembered. On that day, the largest amphibious invasion of all time was launched by the allied forces in order to retake Europe. On D-Day, about 160,000 troops landed on the beaches of Normandy. The planning and logistics were ...read more
Contributed on Jun 13, 2009
Part I of the Four-Part Vision: We focus on what God has asked his people to do: Pass my word on to your children and to your children’s children. Let your lives be permeated with the task of "making disciples"!
Text:  Love the LORD your God and keep his requirements, his decrees, his laws and his commands always. [8a] Observe therefore all the commands I am giving you today… Fix these words of mine in your hearts and minds; tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads.  ...read more
Contributed on Jun 19, 2009
Part II of the Four-Part Vision: God instructs his people to practice hospitality. What does this mean as we receive guests in our congregations? Are we ill-prepared to welcome our guests? Or do we receive them as the blessing and gift that God intended?
Congregations are families. The longer that they are together, usually the harder it is to let other people become part of the inner circle of the church. And yet, we know that – just as we are to be hospitable as families – we are also called to be hospitable as groups of believers. The writer ...read more
Contributed on Jun 23, 2009
Part III of the Four Part Vision: As the redeemed children of God, we are called to live lives that reflect the peace that Christ won for us on the Cross. This message is a practical introduction to Biblical Peacemakers.
Texts: “If your brother sins against you, go and show him his fault, just between the two of you. If he listens to you, you have won your brother over. But if he will not listen, take one or two others along, so that ’every matter may be established by the testimony of two or three witnesses.’ If ...read more
Contributed on Jul 3, 2009
Part IV of the Four-Part Vision: We look at how God led his people and how He used leaders to lift up a vision among his people. We examine the important questions: Who should lead? and What is important for leaders?
Text: Jesus called them together. He said, “You know about the rulers of the nations. They hold power over their people. Their high officials order them around. Don’t be like that. Instead, anyone who wants to be important among you must be your servant. And anyone who wants to be first must be ...read more