November 22, 2015 | Sermon Notes
Last year, Taylors sent 237 individuals on mission. Next year, we pray to send 263.
REACH Offering | Goal $135,000 to cut individual costs in half.
January through September 2013: 57% contributed something, 43% gave nothing
January through September 2015: 62% contributed something, 38% gave nothing
Where we are now: through last Sunday, we are $227,510, or 4.6%, behind last year’s giving.
Jason and Kristin Evans discuss their Reach Trip to Prague
Great Commission – two-sided coin:
1. Reaching – invitation to follow Jesus and enter into a relationship with Him.
2. Teaching — investment in the growth of followers of Jesus that results in obedience and reproduction.
1. He left the task to everyone of us.
2. He modeled how we were to make disciples and what the product looked like.
Disciple: not just a student but an apprentice who would do what the master did.
3. His aim was world conquest – followers and worshippers from everywhere to the end of the age.
Acts 11:25-26 and Acts 13:1-3
2. Relationships | “We equate discipleship with religious knowledge.” – Ed Stetzer
If you’ve only studied the Bible for history, for ammunition or for a rulebook for life, go back, throw on lenses of faith & hunt down Jesus
— Beth Moore (@BethMooreLPM) November 6, 2015
3. Intentionality | Colossians 1:28-29
4. Word and the Spirit
5. Time | “We try to program discipleship.” – Ed Stetzer
Is God leading you to adopt or foster a child?
Is God leading you to wrap around a family?
Informational meeting: this Wednesday, 6:30 PM, Room B131
Is God leading you to join a more intentional group or relationship?
Is God leading you to lead a more intentional group or relationship?
Ryan and Savannah Tonnsen discuss their involvement with Foster Care.
Priscilla Moore discusses his ministry with Just for Today.
Warning: instead of conduits for a movement of the Spirit and the gospel, the church can become simply a gatekeeper of religious practices.
The Western church, particularly mainline and evangelical churches in North America, has become more of an institution than a movement. The early church, including Antioch, was more a movement than an institution. What’s the difference? … In a movement, the focus is on accomplishing some greater good outside the needs of the members. Institutions, on the other hand, often claim an external purpose but create systems and processes mostly designed to sustain themselves. – Jeff Iorg, The Case for Antioch
Principle of innovation: never changing message, ever-changing methodologies.
1. Innovation is fueled by Spirit-filled courage to reach the lost.
2. Innovation sees the potential in people to build the body and grow the kingdom.
3. Innovation produces ripple effects in the community around the church.
4. Innovation requires flexibility in receiving and practicing new applications of the gospel (Acts 15).
1. Place Jesus and the new life of the gospel at the center of our church life.
2. Think of people: how the gospel reaches and renews them.
3. Prepare and ask God to transform us with courage and compassion to allow the gospel to move through us.
Southern Baptists have never had more money, personnel, curriculum, training materials, colleges, seminaries, books, and conferences. Yet, our influence – both in evangelistic success and permeation of culture – is waning. Something seems wrong about us and we are desperate to fix it. Our solutions are usually to reform denominational organization and purify doctrinal positions – and those choices are helpful. But, my concern is we are putting far too much emphasis on our ingenuity and intelligence and not enough on God’s initiative and power. – Jeff Iorg
Two extremes when we think of the Holy Spirit: Superstitious or Doctrinally-Rigid.
59 times the Spirit shows up in the book of Acts. 36 times He speaks.
God’s Word and God’s Spirit operate together in one powerful dynamic. Pursuing one without the other leads to spiritual ruin, but pursuing one in the other leads to power and life. – J.D. Greear
What hinders it? Francis Chan: our services are no longer super or natural just plain predictable.
How do we experience the Spirit’s work?
1 John 1:9
1 John 5:14-15
Ed Rambo discusses his ministry with Community Mission Baptist Church and their Christmas Store.
Bryant and Kelley Phillips discuss their ministry of feeding the homeless.
1. Contextual and Cultural Framework
2. Biblical Framework for Antioch | Acts 11:19-26, Acts 13:1-3
3. Biblical Framework for the Church | 1 Peter 2:4-10