Summary: It seems that most Christians settle for a good life, but God has given us a great purpose in a Great Commission.
WHAT SHALL WE DO? WHAT IS OUR VISION FOR THIS YEAR?
This is it... ACTS 1:8
I watched the longest baseball game in postseason history this week. The Yankees and the Red Sox battled it out for 14 innings.
The teams played back-to-back marathon games that totaled 26 innings almost 11 hours -- 5 hours, 2 minutes on Sunday
and 5 hours, 49 minutes on Monday -- the longest by time in postseason history.
"The owner Tim Wakefield said. "It took every ounce of whatever we had left to win tonight’s game and to win last night’s game."
What made the difference between being a good team and being a great team? - Desire, focus, ...
“Good is the enemy of great. And that is one of the key reasons why we have so little that becomes great. We don’t have great schools because we have good schools. We don’t have great government, principally because we have good government. Few people attain great lives, in large part because it is just so easy to settle for a good life.” (first 63 words) – Jim Collins, Good to Great, p. 1
It seems that most Christians settle for a good life, but God has given us a great purpose in a Great Commission.
In 1994, Jim Collins and Jerry Pourous published Built to Last, which remained a national best-seller for 5 years, with more than 1 million copies in print in 13 languages. That book studied and explained how great companies like General Electric are designed from the start for long-term high performance. What the book did not explain was how mediocre firms that were not “build to last” could attain the same level of greatness. Now, after five years of intensive research, Collins has identified and studied 11 companies that have made the leap from being “just good” to being truly “great.”
SO WHAT IS OUR VISION? HOW CAN WE SAY WE HAVE DONE A GREAT JOB FOR THE LORD?
In a George Barna survey in November 2002, Americans were asked what they believe is necessary to have a successful life.
33% said the health or well-being of their family, or how they raised their children, would determine their success.
25% defined personal success in terms of tangible outcomes or accomplishments.
25% said they had no idea what would signify they had lived a successful life.
Only 7% said anything related to spirituality or faith would result in “success”
“‘For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,’ declares the Lord. As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts” (Isa. 55:8-9, NIV).
SO WHAT IS OUR VISION? The Lord tells us what it must be in Acts 1:8
I. YOU SHALL be My Witness! 1:8
A. You shall be baptized by the HS so you can witness v4-5 salvation = baptism then anointing
1. Not to be counted as a “leader” in the kingdom v6
2. Not to know special knowledge - only for God v7
B. You shall receive His power so you can witness 8
Power (dunamin). Not the “power” about which they were concerned (political organization and equipments for empire on the order of Rome). they needed new “power” (dunamin), to enable them (from dunamai, to be able), to grapple with the spread of the gospel in the world. AT Robertson