Today we conclude All In, a series designed to paint a picture of our mission, vision, and core values. Seeing with clarity in these areas in crucial to understanding who are so that we can see a picture of the future.
Jesus called his disciples to leave everything they had and to follow him and today Christ is calling each of us do the same.
This morning we are continuing our sermon series All In with our Core Values. Last week we began our discussion of the Core Value of Prayer and today we will continue with that discussion and talk about how we should pray.
We are coming towards the end of our series, All In and we are preaching through our Core Values. This week and next we will look at prayer and seek to answer the questions “What is prayer, why should we pray? Then, how should we pray?”
Our mission is to be the braches stretching around the world, being rooted to the source – the vine – which is Christ. Being able to grow and thrive is contingent upon one thing – connection. We must be connected to the vine, we must be connected to Christ. And to be the image bearers of Christ then we must be connected to others.
So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them. God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky and over every living creature that moves on the ground.”
William Loader: “No priestly manipulations, no religious power brokers, no secret or ceremonial rites, no works prescribed in biblical law are required. It just needs us to believe in this love.”
The vision provides us with a picture of what the mission will look like as it is realized in the community
For many of you, you may be saying to yourself, I have heard about the mission of the Church for years, I don’t need another sermon on it.