Sunday Morning, 6th September 2015
Series: Vision: Wired In – Part 1
The call of Abraham
“I will make you into a great nation, and I will bless you; I will make your name great,
and you will be a blessing.”
Genesis 12:2 NIV
The difference between who God made you, and who God is making you into.
“As he went along, he saw a man blind from birth. His disciples asked him, “Rabbi,
who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?” “Neither this man nor
his parents sinned,” said Jesus, “but this happened so that the works of God might
be displayed in him.”
John 9:1-3 NIV
He must have wondered too about why he was made this way but he was about to
Ever wondered why God made you the way you are?
You are a testimony waiting to be told.
Abraham wasn’t a bad person. But his name wasn’t ‘great’.
But God was going to make him into something new.
The gap between who we are today and who God is making us into is our potential.
Pursue this. The alternative is settlement. “Go”.
Same for One Church.
Name great or great nation? No.
But what is God making us into?
Without neglecting where we’ve come from, because they’re the testimonies we’ve
God is making us into
A cross generational church. 39% of population is under 30.
A house of many nations.
A church with a reputation to be trusted.
A talented church.
A United church.
ENGAGE – relevance to culture.
We want to make sure that what we do engages with the people we have been sent to reach.
This is why we work hard at things such as guest services, welcome and hospitality,
language and preaching. This is important if we are to connect with our world. For every person that’s
comfortable in a typical church environment there’s a dozen others who have no church background, lost trust in the church or see it as irrelevant.
EXPERIENCE – connection to Holy Spirit.
We want people to connect with God in a powerful, meaningful way. This is why we work hard at things such as worship, preaching and living out
kingdom culture.This is important if we are to touch hearts and bring people to see ongoing spiritual transformation.
“The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel that displays the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.” 2 Corinthians 4:4 NIV
CHANGE – Development / community.
We want to make disciples, see people healed and whole, saved and maturing. This is why we work hard at teaching and developing and promoting body ministry. This is important if we are to fulfil our potential as a church and be more about producing strong disciples than designing great programmes.
SERVE – mission.
We want to obey Christ’s call to give, serve, go. This is why we work hard at providing opportunities, challenging people for responses, encouraging team work, developing mission opportunities etc. This is important if we are to play our part in God’s kingdom vision.
“The word of the Lord came to me, saying, “Before I formed you in the womb I knew
you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the
nations.” “Alas, Sovereign Lord,” I said, “I do not know how to speak; I am too
young.” But the Lord said to me, “Do not say, ‘I am too young.’ You must go to
everyone I send you to and say whatever I command you. Do not be afraid of them,
for I am with you and will rescue you,” declares the Lord. Then the Lord reached out
his hand and touched my mouth and said to me, “I have put my words in your
mouth. See, today I appoint you over nations and kingdoms to uproot and tear
down, to destroy and overthrow, to build and to plant.””
We are known.
His plans predate us. His path carefully mapped out.
We are set apart.
To show a better way.
To pursue holiness. Sanctified. Show honour.
Not to judge but to show Jesus.
We are His prophetic voice.
His voice speaking through us to our city.
To this generation.