Unity with a Purpose
What is the mission of the Church? Let’s take a look at John 17:20-23. Listen to Christ’s prayer for his believers. Listen to Christ’s prayer for us.
20 “My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, 21 that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me. 22 I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one— 23 I in them and you in me—so that they may be brought to complete unity. Then the world will know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.
Christ wants us to be one with him, God the Father and The Holy Spirit. He wants us to think, act and live as one with him.
As a local church within God’s Church Universal, it is our call to establish our role within the larger Church. God has called us to this time and this place, and he has gifted us to be His presence in the world.
During this time of change, we have an exciting opportunity to define our church’s mission and purpose anew. Please take a look at the arrows in your bulletin. We are going to be working with Harold Phillips from CBF Heartland over the next 3-4 months to define our mission, which is represented by the first arrow on the page. Everyone is welcome to join the process to define our future. We will assess our strengths and gifts and determine how God intends to use our church to share his love and message of forgiveness.
Once our mission and purpose is established it will guide us in everything that we do. Take a look at the other arrows on the page. At this point in our church’s life, we are a small group with limited resources. We want to make sure that everything we do is moving us in the direction that God wants us to be moving in.
Christ wants us to be one with him, God the Father and The Holy Spirit. He wants us to think, act and live as one with him. This is a tall order. The last arrow on the page represents what happens when:
• there is little knowledge or understanding of the church’s mission and gifts
•we randomly choose activities
•we individually or in small groups decide that something is important to do
•we do something because we have always done it
•we do something because another church does it
None of these things are wrong in and of themselves, but if that is the only reason we choose to do something, then the activity detracts from the movement forward in the mission of the church.
At this point in our church’s life, we are a small group with limited resources. We want to make sure that everything we do is moving us in the direction that God wants us to be moving in. The middle arrow represents a congregation working together for the same purpose. Each arrow represents the activities that we invest: our gifts, our time, our energy and resources in. As we intentionally work together we will move forward together for the glory of God.
Today we will be talking about temptation. How are we tempted each and everyday? How are we tempted to put ourselves before God and His plan for us? Christ calls us to be one with him for a reason- for a holy purpose. Christ calls us to be one with him so that others will hear of message of the good news of his life, death and resurrection. Christ calls us to be one with him so that others will believe and join us in unity. Continue to prepare your heart and your life to discover our purpose as a church.
Remember Christ’s prayer for us in John 17:20-23. Christ wants us to be one with him, God the Father and The Holy Spirit. He wants us to think, act and live as one with him. This is a tall order. However, being one in Christ brings us hope and possibilities beyond our human imagination.