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Summary: 2011 is the beginning of a new day, a new year, and a new season. A look at our mission as believers and as a church? How do we live our lives with a sense of God’s eternal purpose in everything that we do?

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The Upward Call of God Pt 2

Phil 3:12-14

V12 Christ laid a hold of you why- take a hold of why

V13 Do not allow your past to determine your future

V14 There is an upward call of God on every believer.

2 Tim 1:8-9

V8 Live sacrificially to further God’s Kingdom

V9 Our calling is according to God’s purpose

Why and How do I live my life?

What has God called us to do as a church and what unique role has He given each one of us?

Why do I do what I do?

Why do I live my life the way I do?

Is there an overriding principle that guides the way I use my time and my resources?

Does life just happen and then I respond to it?

Or- are there values that I have adopted that funnel my life in a specific direction?

Running Naked? (ancient Greek athletes ran naked)

Does God have a vision for mankind- if so, what is it?

Pro 29:18 Where there is no vision (revelation), the people perish (unrestrained): But he that keepeth the law, happy is he.

(Because we have- revelation of God- put on restraint)

Perish-uncover (make naked), out of control, disorder.

Vision is a “picture of a possible future that God is inviting us to join.” Russ Hutto

What is God inviting you/COTRM to join?

God’s vision statement-

Heb 8:8, 10-11 (God’s vision for mankind)

God’s vision is a restored relationship w/humanity.

What is His mission? (how will He fulfill His vision?)

Mat 28:19-20

He is inviting us into a future with Him where-

each of us knows God and God knows us, and

we help others be reconciled to God.

As a church, our mission statement is-

Encounter God, Love People, Share Life

To have a supernatural Encounter with God so we can Love People, as God has loved us, and Share with others the Life God has given to us.

Time is short- in eternity- does anything else matter?

That does not mean we do not have jobs/careers, pursue education, but it does establish priorities.

You may feel God has moved you into a particular career field and you have a mission in that setting.

You may have a job where you-

can earn lots of money- sow it into ministry,

can write/publish your writings-affect thousands

be a source of light in great darkness (trades).

As a church we want to see people-

give their lives to God and become disciples,

to see marriages restored, and people walk away from addictions.

In Melbourne/Palm Bay, Guatemala, Haiti, Israel-

wherever God gives us influence.

40 years ago- gave my life to- mission- build- church.

Are you prepared to give your life to the mission?

Jesus did and He is asking us to do it as well-

Mk 8:34-35 (cross was a form of execution)

V34 are we willing to sacrifice for God’s Kingdom?

V35 lose life for- Jesus AND the Gospel (Kingdom)

Lay a cross on the persons back- make them carry it through the city to the place of execution.

In the same way- God is asking us to take our cross-

into our city, and into every area of our lives, and

become fully devoted followers of Christ.

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The Pattern in the First Century Church

1st church- said they would be fully devoted to God.

Act 2:42-43

Continually devoting- steadfast, persistent, ongoing


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