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?
The Upward Call of God Pt 2
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?)
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.
The Pattern in the First Century Church
1st church- said they would be fully devoted to God.
Continually devoting- steadfast, persistent, ongoing