The Not So Hidden Road Map

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Introduction:

Last week you heard from Shawn on adventure. This idea that adventure is calling us to step into a bold, risky, hazardous undertaking with uncertain outcomes.

Explore new territory by learning new things. We must pursue the adventure or we will die.

All In is about being willing to embark on a God adventure that may be hazardous with uncertain outcomes.

On our way back from Kansas City, we stopped in Salt Lake City and spent the day seeing some of the sights. Angelia loves the winter Olympics so we went up to Park City to the sight of the 2002 Winter Games and watched Olympic athletes in training.

It was quite amazing to see some remarkably young athletes involved in training to compete against the best in the world. We spent most of our time at the training pool where athletes would climb to the top of a given ramp and ski down the ramp, fly into the air, do ridiculous tricks, and then land in the water safely.

Lets take a look…

Video: Olympic Ski Practice Jump

I watched as each athlete swam to the end, pulled themselves out, took off their skis and walked back up the hill.

They probably repeat this scenario hundreds of times per day and have done so for years. I imagine it is not without struggle either. There is the voice of their coach, encouraging them, teaching them, and hopefully helping them become better athletes and better people. But there is also the inner voice of each person prompting questions like, “am I really good enough to compete in the Olympics?  Can I really win? I can’t take this anymore, I should just quit. I am so tired, I want to go and be a normal teen or young adult.”

So what keeps them going? What keeps the inner voice from winning out?  It is because they understand the mission that breathes life into their adventure.

As we see detailed in the words of scripture, Christ felt this tension of fulfilling the mission that God has sent Him on and the inner turmoil of the sacrifice it was going to take. Perhaps even Jesus felt that it was an impossible mission to complete as He headed to pray in the Garden of Gethsemane to “take this cup from me”.

But Christ was committed, he was All In for what God had called Him to. This was His mission – to become the once and for all sacrifice in order to break the power of sin for all of humanity.

And Christ’s mission extends to us – His people, to be agents of the Kingdom of God here on this earth.

Jesus called his disciples to leave everything they had and to follow him and today Christ is calling each of us do the same – to join His adventure. But what are we being called to? Where are we heading? Through this series, we will explore our mission, vision, and core values and God’s call to go All In.

This morning as we begin this new series, I think it is important to take a look at what is our mission, vision, and core values are and why do they matter?

Movement 1:

Mission: Why do we exist? Great Commission

Matthew 28:19 (NIV)

19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.

 

As a part of The Church of the Nazarene, we believe our mission to be to “Make Christ-like disciples in the nations”

This is the mission for us – the mission of God and answers the question of why we exist. 

We exist for the mission of God in the world.

JOHN 20:21

Jesus said to them again, “Peace to you! As the Father has sent Me, I also send you.”

ACTS 1:8

But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be My witnesses in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.

 

MARK 16:15

Go into all the world and preach the gospel to the whole creation.

MATTHEW 24:14

This good news of the kingdom will be proclaimed in all the world as a testimony to all nations.

What is our response to God’s call?

ISAIAH 6:8

Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying:

Who should I send?

Who will go for Us?

I said:

Here I am. Send me.

Mission: Why do we exist? Great Commission

Matthew 28:19 (NIV)“Make Christ-like disciples in the nations”

We exist for the mission of God in the world.

This past week while we were in KC, I was so excited to get in the pool with Maisie and Hendrick that I ran and jumped in the pool and forgot to take my iPhone out of my shorts pocket. But lets pretend for a moment that this is a working iPhone.

John Tueber at DA and Maps App

The mission of God is like Him putting a phone in our hands with a map app installed.

But mission gets lived out in particular ways in specific areas in a certain time. How it gets lived out is called vision.

Movement 2:

Vision: What are we called to as a unique expression of that mission?

Great Commandment.

Matthew 22:37-40

37 Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’[a] 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’[b] 40 All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”

 

We are called to love God and love our neighbor and when we do those 2 things, we serve the world.

As GracePoint, we understand our vision to be to Love God, Love People, and to Serve the World.

  • The vision provides us with a picture of what the mission will look like as it is realized in the community.
  • Where there is no vision, the people perish (Proverbs 29:18)
  • Merriam-Webster is (noun) “the ability to see: sight or eyesight; something that you imagine: a picture that you see in your mind; something that you see or dream especially as part of a religious or supernatural experience.”
  • In Biblical times God sent visions to people as prophecies. Many of the visions are recorded and have yet to be fulfilled but sometimes we even read of visions that were fulfilled in real life events, such as the vision that Joseph had when the angel appeared to him to announce Mary’s pregnancy and the vison that Paul had of the man that told him they needed help in Macedonia. Vision is essential for strategic plans in all aspects of life.
  • When I think of vision, I have in mind the ability to see above and beyond the majority. ~ Chuck Swindoll
  • Where there is no vision, there is no hope. ~ George Washington Carver
  • The most pathetic person in the world is someone who has sight (mission), but has no vision. ~ Helen Keller
  • The only way the corporate Body of Christ will fulfill the mission Christ has given it is for individual Christians to have a vision for fulfilling that mission personally. ~ David Jeremiah
  • When a plan or strategy fails, people are tempted to assume it was the wrong vision. Plans and strategies can always be changed and improved. But vision doesn’t change. Visions are simply refined with time. ~ Andy Stanley

Habakkuk 2:2 ESV

And the Lord answered me: “Write the vision; make it plain on tablets, so he may run who reads it.

MATTHEW 6:10

“Your Kingdom come, Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.”

Vision: What are we called to as a unique expression of that mission?

Great Commandment.

Matthew 22:37-40

37 Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’[a] 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’[b] 40 All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”

 

We are called to love God and love our neighbor

We understand our vision to be to Love God, Love People, and to Serve the World.

  • The vision provides us with a picture of what the mission will look like as it is realized in the community.

The vision of God is like Him putting a phone in our hands with a map app installed and then putting in the starting and ending locations and hitting, get directions.

If our mission is based on the Great Commission and our vision is based on the Great Commandment, how do we practically apply them into methods designed to accomplish our mission and vision? These are called Core Values.

Movement 3:

Core Values: How are we going to pursue our vision and mission?

We love God and love people by connecting, growing, serving – all through the power of prayer

The Core Values are having a phone in our hands with a map app installed, putting in the starting and ending locations and hitting, get directions, then getting in the car and following those directions.

Conclusion:

Stories:

  • Angelia’s map app not providing accurate location
  • Lewis and Clark adventure: they knew what their mission was, they had the vision, and they had a plan.

Importance of Mission and Vision

  • Builds morale, provides purpose and sustains
    • When we have a clearly articulated mission and vision, it aids in providing a clear direction that everyone can join in with for long-term impact.
  • Reduces frustration and creates
    • Confusion creates tension and reduces our effectiveness so clarity is key for harmony and vitality.
  • Allows concentration, promotes excellence and enhances
    • When there is not clarity on where we are going, then distractions arise and what is done takes on mediocrity and leadership suffers because if you do not know where you are going, how can you plug people in to leadership roles?
  • Attracts cooperation, encourages unity and fosters risk-taking.
    • When there is a clear mission and vision, it allows for a greater sense of unity where we can work together. We can be All In and embark on a God adventure that may be hazardous with uncertain outcomes so that “Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven”.

 

Response:

So as we begin this new series called All In, being All In implies something. It implies sacrifice. It implies surrender. It implies movement.

The main thing or in this case person that holds us back from being All In is ourselves. So what is holding you back this morning? The mission of God needs each one of you and it begins with surrender to the unknown. Will you ask the Lord to reveal to you areas that are standing in the way of fully embracing His mission and vision for your life?

Benediction:

Now go and make Christ-like disciples in your schools, neighborhoods, restaurants, grocery store, and anywhere else you may go. Do justice, love mercy, and walk humbly in surrender with God this week.

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