Summary: We are in our series on Core Values. Core Values are the DNA that define who we are, what we are in infancy and in greatness. What God has called us to be. They are not just creeds on plaque or notes in book somewhere. They are the essence of who we a
Core Values: Mission & Diversity – Galatians 3:26-29
26 You are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus,
27 For all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ.
28 There is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.
29 If you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.
Acts 1:8 But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth."
This morning we are going to conclude our core values series. We have been laying a foundation for New Mercy Community Church since the beginning of the year. We have defined the DNA of what God has called us to be. We have been identifying what our identity is now in our infancy, and will remain to be as grow to reach our generation for Jesus Christ.
As I’ve said before, if you were to define New Mercy in 12 words, the core values would be it—-–
1. Fervent Prayer
2. Power of the Holy Spirit
3. Relevant Evangelism
4. Diligent Equipping
5. Authentic Relationships
6. Genuine Love
7. Strong Families
8. Sound Doctrine
9. Integrity & Character
10. Inspiring Excellence
11. Passionate Worship
12. Diversity & Missions
Today we’re going to conclude the core values with two critical elements of who we are —-– Diversity and missions. Let me summarize this core value for you:
A. We believe the local church is called to reach all nations with the Gospel of Jesus Christ
B. Because the Gospel of Jesus Christ is for every tongue, tribe, and nation, we must seek to send the Gospel to un-reached peoples everywhere
C. We will overcome racial, ethnic, social, and economic barriers to reach all peoples in our community for Christ
Usually, when we think of missions we think of the Great Commission.
· But missions didn’t begin with the Great Commission. Missions began with God. It first beat in His heart before it was ever breathed as the life sustaining force into His church.
· Our God is Missions Minded. If He were not, there would be no Christian mission.
· The Gospel He has given us is a Missions Message. If it could not save every sinner, there would be no reason to take it to every nation.
· And the Great Commission is a Missions Mandate. It identifies the local church as the center for world evangelism.
· Missions are all about world evangelism. It is not about the spread of western culture or the redistribution of wealth. Spreading prosperity is a good thing, but filling bellies without winning the lost sending people to hell with a full stomach.
· Our passion and mission must be clear. It is about doing everything we can to spread the mercy of Jesus Christ to every person He died for. It is about holding up high the banner of Jesus Christ for the world to see.
· So with that ultimate focus for our missions work, let me share with you the missions burden that our generation must bare:
· LAUNCH 10/40 WINDOW SLIDES
· There is an area called the 10/40 window that spans North Africa, the Middle East, and southern Asia that has never been penetrated by the gospel.