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Summary: Sermon 2 of three. Buildings don’t just happen and neither do churches Buildings are complicated places. They take a lot of thinking and planning. It’s easy to miss something very important. A Master Planner is required – An Architect who develops

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Building A Great Church Requires a Detailed Plan

Last week – firm foundation

Today – the detailed plan

Next Sunday – gathering the resources

Oct 27th – the passion

A plan – Guided by Purpose

Illustration: Solomon’s Temple

1 Kings 6:7

1Ki 6:7 CEV Solomon did not want the noise of hammers and axes to be heard at the place where the temple was being built. So he had the workers shape the blocks of stone at the quarry.

1Ki 6:8 CEV The entrance to the bottom storage rooms was on the south side of the building, and stairs to the other rooms were also there.

1Ki 6:9 CEV The roof of the temple was made out of beams and cedar boards. The workers finished building the outside of the temple.

1Ki 6:10 CEV Storage rooms seven and a half feet high were all around the temple, and they were attached to the temple by cedar beams.

1Ki 6:11 CEV The LORD told Solomon:

1Ki 6:12 CEV If you obey my commands and do what I say, I will keep the promise I made to your father David. I will live among my people Israel in this temple you are building, and I will not desert them.

Built without noise!

Buildings don’t just happen and neither do churches

Buildings are complicated places. They take a lot of thinking and planning. It’s easy to miss something very important. A Master Planner is required – An Architect who develops a master plan which takes everything into account.

Sometimes it requires not only blueprints but even 3 dimensional models!

A Detailed Plan Guided by an overriding purpose then you have to gather the materials (That’s next Sunday!)

Ephesians 2:20

Eph 2:20 CEV You are like a building with the apostles and prophets as the foundation and with Christ as the most important stone.

Eph 2:21 CEV Christ is the one who holds the building together and makes it grow into a holy temple for the Lord.

Eph 2:22 CEV And you are part of that building Christ has built as a place for God’s own Spirit to live.

We have a detailed plan for building a Great Church!

This is no accident! We aren’t here because of tradition. It isn’t about rules and regulations. It’s about wanting to be here and wanting to build a Great Church. We’re going to break the rules. We’re going to bend the traditions. We’re going to change the norms. We’re going to have a blast.

But it is a plan that is guided by the purpose – an over riding purpose. That purpose is stated in a clear mission statement that came directly from the lips of Jesus.

Helping People Find Their Way Home

Matthew 28:19-20

Mat 28:19 CEV Go to the people of all nations and make them my disciples. Baptize them in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, and teach them to do everything I have told you. I will be with you always, even until the end of the world.

Helping You Find Your Way Home

Going to the people of all nations; making disciples of those people; baptizing them into Jesus; teaching them to live like Jesus; and all the time we trusting in faith that He is with us to the very end of time.

That is our purpose! So in reality it’s not about helping people find their way home… It’s about helping YOU find YOUR way home.


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