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Being Committed to Missions (4 of 4)
Series: Growing an Effective Church
I. OUR MISSION
II. OUR MOTIVE
III. OUR MESSAGE
IV. OUR METHOD
You'll recall that little baseball diamond in the bulletin and the four areas that are necessary to be committed to if we are to be a part of growing an effective church. All these areas are important and all of them work together.
We talked about being committed to membership, how important it is not just to be a spectator but a participator to be a part of the local expression of the body of Christ, the church.
Then being committed to ministry, being a part of a church by finding your ministry and using your spiritual gifts and being committed to maturity, to continue to grow and never stop growing in your faith, never stop growing in your walk with God, never stop growing in prayer and continue to grow.
Tonight we want to talk about being committed to mission; fulfilling our mission. Mission is the fourth part of growing an effective church. It's not just the job of the pastor or the staff to be missionaries for Christ to carry out the mission of the church; it is part of the entire body of Christ.
When you find how to be a part of the mission of the body of Christ, you live for a purpose, more important than just drawing your breath, drawing your salary, getting ready for retirement. Then you have a real reason to live and you have a real direction in your life.
You realize that the church as a body is moving together to perform the mission that Christ gave us to perform. That's what Paul is talking about here in Acts 20 Verse 24. In this passage he talks about how God has blessed him in the ministry at Ephesus.
He says in Verse 24, ''LIFE IS NOTHING UNLESS I USE IT FOR DOING THE WORK ASSIGNED ME BY THE LORD JESUS - THE WORK OF TELLING OTHERS GOOD NEWS ABOUT GOD'S MIGHTY KINDNESS AND LOVE.''
Paul said, ''My life wouldn't count for anything, it would be meaningless, unl ...
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