Summary: The fourth message in the "Pay-off of Perseverance" Series

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Series: The Pay-off of Perseverance

Message #4: Coming Together to Complete God’s Mission - September 23, 2007

The Big Idea: God has a race, a specific mission, marked out for our church family that he is calling us to finish together.

1. As a church family, let’s run linked up.

Since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us…let us…us…let us… Hebrews 12:1-2

We are surrounded by people who stayed with God’s mission despite the struggles.

We are a group of people who God has called to complete his mission despite the difficulties.

As a church family, let’s unite together to fulfill God’s mission for our church.

Espirit De Corps: A united sense of feeling, direction, and conviction toward a shared call or purpose.

I appeal to you…that all of you agree with one another so that there be no divisions among you and that you may be perfectly united together in mind and thought…Watch out for those who cause divisions…

1 Corinthians 1:10; Romans 16:17

As a church family, let’s be excited about and embrace God’s purpose for our church.

United means coming and staying together to accomplish a common purpose.

Together, let’s maximize the unity of our church and minimize division

by watching out for those who would cause problems.

Division among a group can destroy God’s mission for the group.

As a church family, let’s stay together to complete God’s mission for our church.

Together, let’s be excited about and embrace God’s mission for our church. Let’s protect the unity of our church.

They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer… All the believers were together, and had everything in common. Selling their possessions and goods they gave to anyone as he had need. Everyday they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved. Acts 2:42-47

The early church in Acts provides an example of a church that embraced God’s mission for their church by coming together to fulfill God’s mission for their church, learning God’s word, praying for their church, caring for one another in their church, cultivating relationships with those in their church, reaching out to those not in their church, assimilating new people into their church, and growing as a church.

2. As a church family, let’s run light.

…let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles… Hebrews 12:1

See to it, brothers, that none of you has a sinful, unbelieving heart…So we see that they were not able to enter because of their unbelief…the message they heard was of no value to them, because those who heard did not combine it with faith…(they) did not go in because of their disobedience…no one will fall by following their example of disobedience. Hebrews 3:12, 19, 4:2, 6, 11

In the book of Hebrews, sin, as seen in the children of Israel while in the wilderness, is…

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