Our Mission: We exist to…
Love God, by loving others, leading them to become
fully functioning followers of Christ Jesus.
Notice the intentionality and direction of our Mission.
Vertical: first and foremost we are called to …Love the Lord our God with all of our heart, soul and mind. Matthew 22:37
Horizontal: We are called to… Love y[our] neighbor as y[ourself]. Matthew 22:39
1 John 4:20 would have us understand that it is impossible to love God, if we don’t love our neighbor who is made in the image of God.
Vertical: this time it calls us to go vertical in the company of another…”…leading them to become fully functioning followers of Christ Jesus.”
Matthew 28:18-20 “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to Me. 19 Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”
Truth Point: Our Mission comes from the lips of our Lord Jesus, and is intended to direct every action we undertake as a local expression of the Body of Christ.
This is why when you look at Our Pathway Model for ministry you find JESUS at the very center of it all.
Truth Point: God’s Word reveals that God’s Plan for all of creation revolves around His One and Only Son, JESUS The CHRIST.
Scripture Reading – Colossians 1:13-20, ESV
When one reads this passage, taking in all of the information and its intended meaning, one comes away with this understanding…
Jesus is CENTRAL to all God is doing!
Follow The logic…
…if Jesus is CENTRAL to everything God The Father is doing in and through creation, then Jesus must be CENTRAL in all that His Church is engaged in also.
Far too many churches (if we are not careful The Mission Church could become one) do what they do in an to appease, appeal, attract or otherwise win favor with MAN.
· Sermons Music
· Programs Classes
· Events Programming
strategized down to the smallest nugget of the worlds “best practices” to pull-in and maintain people in The Church.
MY POINT: MANis NOT the CENTRAL focus of what God is doing in the world… JESUS and HIS GLORY are!
This requires church leaders to ask: are we leading with CHRIST or MAN at the center?
I say, along with our Elders and Deacons, that we MUST ensure that at The Mission Church, that JESUS is lifted up as Preeminent in all things.
He is the reason we GATHER FOR WORSHIP…
He is the purpose of our LIFE GROUPS…
Each and every ON MISSION initiative we fund and invite people to give their energy and time to… JESUS IS THE REASON.
Truth Point: We are “The Church of Jesus Christ” and what we have to give to the community of Urbandale, Greater Des Moines, America, or the World, is JESUS.
Last week Pastor Adam asked an important question at the beginning of The Service… Why are you here?
Why am I here?... the answer is as varied as the people who come.
· because of habit…
· to get inspiration for the week…
· they think Church attendance wins points in God’s eyes…
· they are lonely and church is their social outlet…
· church is a place that appreciates them…their talent, intellect or skill set.
· looking for a life-mate…
· good place to network for business purposes…
· looking for answers to life problems…
These may represent the focus of MAN in considering church… why does God want us to gather?
Focus on - Worship of JESUS
God knows that all of our needs can only be met in and through His Son Jesus. He has purposely made it that way…
· Only Jesus can save us from sin’s condemnation.
· Only Jesus can give us purpose & meaning in life.
· Only Jesus takes away the guilt and shame of the past.
· Only Jesus gives love that never fails, accepting us where and as we are, gently working to move us where we need to be.
· Only Jesus has answers & power to deal with life’s dilemmas.
Truth Point: Jesus is more than the answer to our “religious” need. He is the answer to every need. Acts 17:28
We must not let this point allude us…Our adversary The Devil knows that everything we need is found in Christ!
This is why he works so hard to worm his way into our lives. He wants to interject any number of lesser, but good things, to draw our attention away from that which is preeminent.
He doesn’t have to draw us into out-and-out sin to downgrade our effectiveness… he only needs to get us to place other person’s, works or things as CENTRAL instead of Jesus, to make that happen.
I urge us, as a first step toward preparing to enter our first year of ministry as The Mission Church, that we be militant about enthroning JESUS as CENTRAL in our hearts, families and church.
· He is the Head of the Church
· He is the Savior of The Body
· He is the only Hope for our families, friends and the people of Urbandale and the surrounding community.
If you have been exploring what it means to repent of sin and place your faith in The Lord Jesus Christ, won’t you give myself or another believer in the church an opportunity help you discover Jesus as the answer to your every need?