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Summary: The first thing we must be is the people God calls us tobe... a people who love one another as Christ loves us.

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Title: “B H A G”

Text: John 13:31-35

Thesis: The first thing we must be is the people God calls us to be – a people who love one another as Christ loves us.

Introduction

This is our Mission Statement here at Heritage:

We exist to glorify God in all things by:

• Celebrating God’s presence through worship;

• Encouraging Christian fellowship and spiritual growth;

• Sharing the love of God with others in our community and the world.

A Mission Statement should clearly express the purpose for an enterprise’s existence. A mission statement should be the defining criteria for evaluating every decision and activity of that enterprise.

• 3M Corporation states that it exists “to solve unsolved problems innovatively.”

• Mary Kay Products states that it exists “to give unlimited opportunity to women.”

• Wal-Mart states it exists “to give ordinary folks the chance to buy the same thing as rich people.”

• Walt Disney states it exists “to make people happy.”

• Microsoft exists “to put a computer on every desk and in every home, all running Microsoft software.”

• Amazon’s mission statement for its new Kindle reader is to “have every book ever printed, in any language, all available in less than 60 seconds.”

In his book “Built to Last,” Jim Collins says a mission statement should be a BHAG and as such be “clear and compelling and serve as a unifying focal point of effort, often creating immense team spirit.” A BHAG is an acronym for “Big Hairy Audacious Goal.”

In an episode of popular sitcom, “The Office,” Michael Scott, who is the manager of the Scranton branch of the Dunder-Mifflin Paper Company, announced his “Big Hairy Audacious Goal” as only the Michael Scott character can announce, “My mission statement is stated as follows: I will not be beat. I will never give up. I am on a mission. That is the Michael Scott guarantee.” (The Office, Dream Team, Season 5, Episode 6)

Collins says mission statements need to be stretching and compelling. They should be “Big Hairy Audacious Goals.”

What we find in our text today is a Big Hairy Audacious Goal… and it comes to us from the lips of Jesus and takes the form of a living legacy.

I. A Living Legacy Left to Us

“A new command I give to you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.” John 13:34

A will is a statement a person makes prior to his death that outlines the disposition of his estate after his death. It is a statement about what a person wants done with his stuff after his death

Around the turn of the twentieth century, Walter and Evan Jones inherited a farm in Coffey County Kansas from their Welsh immigrant parents. The Jones brothers were successful farmers and cattlemen. Both brothers died in 1953 and both left identical wills. The proceeds from their estates were to be used to establish a foundation. In 1974 the Walter S. and Evan C. Jones Foundation was established with the motto, “Because We Care.” The BHAG of the Jones Foundation is to serve the medical and educational needs of the children of Coffey, Lyons and Osage Counties Kansas.


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