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Seeing With Jesus Eyes (2 of 3)
September 23, 2001
Introduction: Today I want you to pretend that I am the coach and you are the team. A good coach tries to lay out the game plan, review the challenges ahead, and help each player see the role he must play in a winning season. So much of winning or loosing in sports depends on attitude not just ability. Sometimes what matters most is the capacity of a team to work together for a common goal. Almost any team that is a team and has a common vision of their task can defeat an even better squad that doesn't have a common vision or a commitment to working together. This can be true for a church too!
Two weeks ago I ask you to dream with me. I ask you to pray that God would do again what he did two thousand years. The Bible could say of a faithful band of young Christians: The Lord's message rang out from you—your faith in God has become known everywhere. Therefore we do not need to say anything about it (1 Thess 1:8). I asked you pray with me, "Lord do it again. Do it here." I ask you to dream and pray with me toward the day when every man, woman, and child in this area will know of the love this church has for our neighbors, one another, and our God. We dream of the day when our faith will ring out so that even those who do not attend this church on Sundays will know that this is a place where God is worshipped, people are loved, and fresh starts and second chances abound for everyone. They will know this because they have heard of what God has done in our lives.
Today I am taking that dream a step forward. I want to describe our mission—what we are attempting to do in the lives of men and women, boys and girls, who do come within the circle of this church's ministry. What is our mission?
Our mission is not about numbers, finances, programs, and buildings. All that may have its place, but it is not the mission. Individually we are not about ...
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