Summary: The second step to embrace for church renewal is understanding that each of us are a piece of the puzzle to the Great Commission and to fulfilling Jesus’ mission.
Series: Church Renewed
Thesis: For revival and renewal to happen in us, or in the church and in this world will require us to tap into the teachings of the Word which ignite revival.
Scripture: Romans 12:1-8: Living Sacrifices
1Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God—this is your spiritual act of worship. 2Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.
Summary: Sermon 1
First step: to a renewed church is learning to tune God in and not tuning God out! We need to imitate Samuel and not Eli and his sons. We need to hear the voice of God today!
Sermon 2: The Church renewed pt. 2
Thesis: The second step to embrace for church renewal: is understanding that each of us are a piece of the puzzle to the Great Commission and to fulfilling Jesus’ mission. We must believe that we are to complete this mission for Jesus because it will require us to understand the gifts of the Spirit and be willing to use the gifts of The Holy Spirit to build up the church.
Illustration: Puzzle pieces handed out – highlight Puzzle in front with missing pieces – then highlight why we have the church logo we do.
Illustration point: Jesus and the Holy Spirit have a specific plan which involves you – look at each other and say “Jesus wants you – point your finger at them like Uncle Sam and smile,” Now look at your own puzzle pieces which were just handed out to you – Now it’s very important that you please tune into God in this moment – open your spiritual ears to hear His voice – Do you recall last week’s message? – You need to hear His voice today – not my voice His voice:
Here is a message I believe God laid on my heart today to speak to you:
“You are an important piece to the vision and to the mission of Christian Hills and to my Church!” “I have a plan which is going to come to pass for the Church and for the Kingdom of Heaven – I want you to place your puzzle piece into the vision of Christian Hills and my Church!”
I as the lead pastor of this ministry really want you to take your puzzle piece and place it into the vision and mission of Christian Hills as we are connected to Jesus and His Church. But, If you choose to not place your puzzle piece into the picture of this ministry – that’s not a problem but then go place your puzzle piece into another ministry of the Church of Jesus Christ and in doing so fulfill His mission and His Great commission.
23Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful.
24And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds.
25Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.
Some of you think that God doesn’t understand your unique situation, or think God is okay with your choice in not honoring him on His Sabbath Day? But Jesus is asking you to do something for Him – things maybe you thought you could never do! Some of you think “It’s impossible!” Do you realize who you are talking too – Impossible? Nothing is impossible with God. God is stretching our faith and risking our comfort today – we need to choose faith over fear! Many need to believe and say, “I am an important piece of the puzzle at Christian Hills I need to plug my puzzle piece into the vision – I am an important piece of the puzzle to Jesus Church!” I need to choose to plug my puzzle piece into His vision and mission!
I. The Jesus Mission!
a. Jesus’ mission is simple reach the world for Him and our mission here at CHC is connected to The Great Commission – once again this why we choose the logo you see in front of you today:
i. Highlight CHC logo! Connecting with people and connecting with God.
b. Scripture Texts: Main teaching from Jesus on the mission of the Church:
i. Matthew 28:16-20 (NIV) The Great Commission
1. 16Then the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go. 17When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted. 18Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely, I am with you always, to the very end of the age.