Vision: Love God

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Introduction

Today we continue our series, All In and we will be looking at Matthew 22:37-40 and you can turn there now if you have your bibles or your device.

Last week we talked about Mission.
Answers the question, “Why do we exist?” Mission: “Make Christ-like disciples in the nations” Maps App analogy
“Go” is present participle in the Greek and is active GO = “As you are going”

“We are both a part of His mission and on mission. We are a disciple becoming more Christ-like and making Christ-like disciples.”

Today we are going to talk about vision.

Vision is important:

Matthew 6:22-23 (NIV)
22 “The eye is the lamp of the body. If your eyes are healthy,[a] your whole body will be full of light. 23 But if your eyes are unhealthy, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light within you is darkness, how great is that darkness!

“In the beginning, the church was a gloriously messy movement with a laser-focused message and a global mission. It was led by men and women who were fueled not by what they believe, but by what they had seen. That simple fact sets the church apart from every other religious movement in the history of the world.”

The disciples were fueled by what they saw, therefore, they pursued what they could not yet see.

After a while, we get comfortable with the image that we see right in front of us. We get used to it and we forget what image there used to be or what it could look like. Vision is seeing what could be, not what is.

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…”

Video: “I Can See Clearly Now”

Movement 1

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

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

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.

Habakkuk 2:2 ESV
And the Lord answered me: “Write the vision; make it plain on tablets, so he may run who reads it.

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

  • 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
  • “Vision without action is a daydream. Action without vision is a nightmare.”
  • The vision provides us with a picture of what the mission will look like as it is realized in the community.

Maps App

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.

Today I want to talk about the first statement of our vision, Love God.

Movement 2

Jesus is quoting the Shema in our Matthew text.

Deuteronomy 6:1-12 (NIV)
6 These are the commands, decrees and laws the Lord your God directed me to teach you to observe in the land that you are crossing the Jordan to possess, 2 so that you, your children and their children after them may
fear the Lord your God as long as you live by keeping all his decrees and commands that I give you, and so that you may enjoy long life. 3 Hear, Israel, and be careful to obey so that it may go well with you and that you may increase greatly in a land flowing with milk and honey, just as the Lord, the God 4 of your ancestors, promised you.
[a] 5 Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. 6 These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. 7 Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. 8 Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. 9 Write them on the doorframes of your houses 10 and on your gates. When the Lord your God brings you into the land he swore to your fathers, to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, to give you—a land with large, flourishing cities you did not build, 11 houses filled with all kinds of good things you did not provide, wells you did not dig, and vineyards and olive groves you did not plant—then when you eat and are satisfied, 12 be careful that you do not forget the Lord, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery.

Jesus is calling us to Love God with our whole selves.

If first begins with God’s love for us and then our love for God.

Movement 3

Today, you need to know that God loves you.

Our response to God’s love is to Love God – reconcile ourselves to God.

Love God with our…

Heart

Responding to God’s invitation and accepting His grace

and mercy. Becoming a disciple. Being born again, sanctified (totally surrendered). Truly love God with your heart.

Soul

Be engaged in a relationship with God through the practicing of the Spiritual disciplines

Richard Foster and Celebration of DisciplineInward disciplines of meditation, prayer, fasting, and study.

Outward disciplines of simplicity, solitude, submission, and service. And corporate disciplines of confession, worship, guidance, and celebration.“The life that is pleasing to God is not a series of religious duties. We have only one thing to do, namely, to experience a life of relationship and intimacy with God.”

Strength

The energies of your life are focused on Christ and doing His will. How you spend your time and your resources reflect your love and commitment to God.

These 3 terms include the whole person – the inner and outer life, mind, will, desires, emotions, mental and physical energy, and even possessions.

The law of the OT is fulfilled in Christ Jesus. The law is redefined as love. Love is the culmination of all the laws.

The command is to love and this love must include the total person.

“Hold vision, trust the process”

How are we going to love God with our heart, soul, and strength?

At GracePoint, we are going to facilitate living out the Vision of Loving God by:

  1. Being committed to reaching people with the Gospel – we want to see people come to know Christ as their Savior.
  2. Being committed to engaging worship gatherings.
  3. Calling people to consistent, weekly attendance at worship gatherings
  4. Being committed to providing clear and accessible ways of engaging with God personally through prayer, scripture reading, and small group discipleship
  5. Calling people to consistent, daily engagement with God through prayer, and scripture reading.
  6. Calling people to consistent weekly engagement in Point Groups.

Conclusion

Story: My mom

– Always has depended on God through everything and stay consistently engaged in a daily relationship with God.

Response:

Prayer to accept the love of God.
Prayer to commit to a daily relationship with Him.

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