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Summary: A vision and focus sermon for 2005. Focus on Passion, Prayer and People

Where Are We Going?

Proverbs 21:5

January 2, 2005

Proverbs 21:5 (NLT)

Good planning and hard work lead to prosperity, but hasty shortcuts lead to poverty.

An Honest Evaluation

As God’s messenger, I give each of you this warning: Be honest in your estimate of yourselves, measuring your value by how much faith God has given you.

Romans 12:3 (NLT)

Strengths

• Friendly people

• Everyone gets involved

• Kids/Teenagers

• Selfless giving

Weaknesses

• Corporate prayer life

• Depth of personal commitment

• Personal witness

• Financial limitations

• Follow through on ministry initiatives

3 Areas of Focus

• Corporate Prayer

• Personal Spiritual Growth

• Relationship Building with Unchurched People

Praying Together

“For where two or three are gathered together in My name, I am there among them.”

Matthew 18:20 (HCSB)

Why Corporate Prayer?

• The presence of Christ

Matthew 18:20

• Prayer taps into the very power of God

2 Chronicles 7:14

Acts 4:31

2 Chronicles 7:14 (NLT)

Then if my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sins and heal their land.

Acts 4:31 (HCSB)

When they had prayed, the place where they were assembled was shaken, and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak God’s message with boldness.

Why Corporate Prayer?

• The presence of Christ

Matthew 18:20

• Prayer taps into the very power of God

2 Chronicles 7:14

Acts 4:31

• Prayer changes circumstances and people

Acts 12:11-12

Acts 12:11-12 (NLT)

Peter finally realized what had happened. "It’s really true!" he said to himself. "The Lord has sent his angel and saved me from Herod and from what the Jews were hoping to do to me!"

[12] After a little thought, he went to the home of Mary, the mother of John Mark, where many were gathered for prayer.

Corporate Prayer Is Not An “Organ” Recital

• Pray for boldness in sharing Christ

Ephesians 6:19

Ephesians 6:19 (NLT)

And pray for me, too. Ask God to give me the right words as I boldly explain God’s secret plan that the Good News is for the Gentiles, too.

Corporate Prayer Is Not An “Organ” Recital

• Pray for boldness in sharing Christ

Ephesians 6:19

• Pray for others to join us in our “Kingdom” work

Matthew 9:38

Matthew 9:38 (NLT)

So pray to the Lord who is in charge of the harvest; ask him to send out more workers for his fields."

Corporate Prayer Is Not An “Organ” Recital

• Pray for boldness in sharing Christ

Ephesians 6:19

• Pray for others to join us in our “Kingdom” work

Matthew 9:38

• Pray for others

1 Timothy 2:1

1 Timothy 2:1 (HCSB)

First of all, then, I urge that petitions, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for everyone.

Passion Jesus

• Moving from fondness for Jesus to a passionate love relationship

Revelation 3:15-16

Revelation 3:15-16 (MSG)

I know you inside and out, and find little to my liking. You’re not cold, you’re not hot – far better to be either cold or hot! You’re stale. You’re stagnant. You make me want to vomit.

Passion Jesus

• Moving from fondness for Jesus to a passionate love relationship

– Sunday morning Christianity is religious practice, not a vibrant faith

Revelation 3:15-16

• Every member consistently spending time with Christ...daily

Revelation 3:20

Revelation 3:20 (NLT)

"Look! Here I stand at the door and knock. If you hear me calling and open the door, I will come in, and we will share a meal as friends.

Engaging The Unchurched

• God loves people

2 Peter 3:9

2 Peter 3:9 (NLT)

The Lord isn’t really being slow about his promise to return, as some people think. No, he is being patient for your sake. He does not want anyone to perish, so he is giving more time for everyone to repent.

Engaging The Unchurched

• God loves people

2 Peter 3:9

• They are Jesus’ priority

Mark 2:17

Mark 2:17 (NLT)

When Jesus heard this, he told them, "Healthy people don’t need a doctor—sick people do. I have come to call sinners, not those who think they are already good enough."

Engaging The Unchurched

• God loves people

2 Peter 3:9

• They are Jesus’ priority

Mark 2:17

• We are commanded to be a continual witness

Matthew 28:19

Matthew 28:19 (NLT)

Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.

Engaging The Unchurched

• God loves people

2 Peter 3:9

• They are Jesus’ priority

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Glenn Hall

commented on Jan 2, 2007

Timeless outlook. The strengths and weaknesses hold true for every denomination. Passion, prayer and people, that's our business, our calling from God. i look forward to reading many more of your sermons.

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