What is our mission our purpose our primary

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What is our mission, our purpose, our primary function? May 9 - PM

What is our mission, our purpose, our primary function? May 9 - PM

 • Recent movie – “The Passion of the Christ” • This text is

• Recent movie – “The Passion of the Christ” • This text is AFTER the passion • Jesus was killed, buried, and raised • He taught his apostles for 40 days • He gave his apostles – a passion, the power needed, and a plan.

 • Be my witnesses • Acts 1: 8 - But you shall receive

• Be my witnesses • Acts 1: 8 - But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth. ”

 • God’s people need: – Vision – able to plan ahead – Goals

• God’s people need: – Vision – able to plan ahead – Goals – something to aim for – Dreams – reach for something higher • SADLY – Today many Christians have no challenge, conviction, commitment

 • Do you have a “passion” for the cause of Christ? • SOLUTION:

• Do you have a “passion” for the cause of Christ? • SOLUTION: Challenge yourself with a goal – Faith, deeper study, knowledge – Share, teach, involved, work – Support, encourage

 • Survey of 50 people over 95 • “If you could live your

• Survey of 50 people over 95 • “If you could live your life over again, what would you do differently? ” • 3 answers at the top: – I would reflect (think) more – I would risk more – I would do more things that would live after I am dead

 • What are your dreams, goals and visions for: – Your life? –

• What are your dreams, goals and visions for: – Your life? – Your family? – This church? – Your world? • Will these thrive or just survive?

 • How are we going to get it done? • We feel so

• How are we going to get it done? • We feel so weak and helpless • Where can I get the power to see my dreams become reality?

 • We receive power when we obey the gospel • Acts 5: 32

• We receive power when we obey the gospel • Acts 5: 32 - And we are His witnesses to these things, and so also is the Holy Spirit whom God has given to those who obey Him. ”

 • Like electricity – the power we need is available • We must

• Like electricity – the power we need is available • We must learn to use the available power to get it done • Book – “Plug Into Power” – the power is available, we must plug into the source

 • How do we go about the task before us? • What should

• How do we go about the task before us? • What should we do first? • Where do we start? • We need to sit down and begin making some plans

 • Early church had a plan – – Jerusalem – Judea – Samaria

• Early church had a plan – – Jerusalem – Judea – Samaria – Ends of the earth • Personally – – Do you have a plan? – How are you going to reach your world?

 • This church – – Where is this church headed? – Goals –

• This church – – Where is this church headed? – Goals – Aims – Plans – Purpose – Direction – Do you have a 10 -year vision for this church? • We must plan for growth

 • Jesus was taken up – apostles just stood and watched • Acts

• Jesus was taken up – apostles just stood and watched • Acts 1: 9 - Now when He had spoken these things, while they watched, He was taken up, and a cloud received Him out of their sight.

 • Now the apostles are alone with a huge job to be done

• Now the apostles are alone with a huge job to be done • He will come back – won’t He? • He will help us – won’t He? • He will come back as he left – – In clouds – Suddenly, quickly, no warning

 • In high school – I earned money for college by mowing lawns

• In high school – I earned money for college by mowing lawns • A man gave me instructions, showed me the tools – and said he would be back later • I hoped I would make some noticeable progress before he returned.

 • Jesus is coming back! • Will the job be done? • Do

• Jesus is coming back! • Will the job be done? • Do we have what it takes? – The passion – The power – The plans • Are you ready for Jesus?