Preached @ Anchor Community Church on December 28th, 2014
“The most pathetic person in the world is some one who has sight but no vision.” Helen Keller
Helen Keller once said, “The most pathetic person in the world is some one who has sight but no vision.” She was right! This sermon is very topical, and isn’t making a lot of attempts to exegete the verses this week. It is an attempt to lay some groundwork for our two weeks of vision sermons (“Anchor’s Mission and Vision: Where We Headed?”) starting next week.
These points I would like to discuss today are sort of the pegs that we are hanging the vision and subsequent mission on. It’s a framework of starting thoughts.
Big Picture: We are a family on God’s mission together!
Here are the Four Pegs we are hanging our Mission on:
From the Head…
We Are One Body, Not Separate Parts (1 Corinthians 12:12-26)
Thus: We have to get rid of the notion that the “Pastor does that!”
We are altogether in this mission, and though there are definitely people called to certain roles, there are no celebrity super-stars that are indispensable. Jesus is that; He is the head of the church, we are His “ministers” (Servants).
Every member of God’s household are ministers of the gospel, called to die to self, and live for Him. Every one of us are called to be counselors, share our faith, bear one another’s burdens. The church is not a place, but a people; God’s people for His own glory and His own purposes.
We All Have One Goal (Matthew 28:19-20)
Thus: We are either participating or consuming (Philippians 1:5)?
We are all called to Make Disciples! It’s simply not about you, or me; it’s about Jesus! Thus our Sunday Gatherings is a time for all of us to serve one another, not be served. We should all be looking out for the other, especially visitors, and not worry about how our needs (Musical styles, etc.) are being met.
Where does Missional Communities fit in? They are important to reach out and love our neighbors. DNA Groups are committed to discipling one another, and Overseas work is committed to seeing church planting going out to the nations! We all need to be committed to making disciples in order to see it happen.
We All Have One Mind (Jeremiah 29:4-7)
Thus: We are “Other” centered (See too Micah 6:8)
As followers of Jesus, we cannot take a blind eye approach to the injustices that occur in our city and the world. Prayer, volunteer work, and missions are inevitable for a church that is committed to seeking the peace of the city. Our cities are broken, and we are not merely responsible for our own family, or even church family, but we are called to be a tangible witness to the kingdom of God, by “Seeking the peace (Shalom) of the city.”
We All Are Motivated By the Same Factor (Matthew 22:37-39)
Thus: We are looking for ways to love and serve others
What does it mean to love our neighbor? As we are motivated first by God’s love, and our love for Him, our love would and should turn outward naturally to the people that God has surrounded us with.
…to the Heart
What does that mean for each one of us? Loving others, and seeking the peace of the city means Sunday’s aren’t about you, and they aren’t the only thing that the Church (The People) do!
How do you know you’re on mission? Here are a few things that may define you:
- You come to Sunday Gathering to serve and be reminded of the mission we are all on
- You come to Sunday Gatherings to bless others
- You come to Sunday Gathering thinking about the visitors and not yourself
- You are consumed by thoughts of God’s love and His mission to others
- You consistently look for ways to give a tangible witness of God’s Kingdom to those around you
- You are building relationships with others because you love Jesus and people
Questions to Think About
- What is the mission of the church?
- Why is it the mission of the church?
- How do we go about that mission?
- What does it mean to “Seek the peace of the city?”
- How can you/we do that?