Sunday, June 5, 2016

Sermon Notes...GCC 101: Explaining the Vision

 *This is a topical message, where various passages of scripture will be used to support the topic.

Objective: The goal of this teaching, is to remind you of Grace Corner's mission and vision, to recharge you for the task and to see a resurgence of evangelism efforts in our church.
Introduction: Grace Corner is a unique church, that's not for everybody but we are a church for anybody. We don't want to be like everybody, we just want to be like Jesus and welcome anybody!

Transition: Periodically, goals have to be revisited so we don't forget our purpose. Without a reminder, we end up overly concerned with the wrong things...

Exposition: Three questions must be asked and answered, in order to properly explain the vision of the Grace Corner Church...

1) Who are we? 1st Peter 2:9 "But you are not like that, for you are a chosen people. You are royal priests, a holy nation, God’s very own possession. As a result, you can show others the goodness of God, for he called you out of the darkness into his wonderful light."

~A people that's been chosen by God. There's a sense of humility and responsibility that comes with being God's chosen people.

~We've been called by God out of living in darkness, to living in the wonderful light. This wonderful light makes us different, so we can make a difference!

2) Why do we exist? Ephesians 4:12 "Their responsibility is to equip God’s people to do his work and build up the church, the body of Christ."

~The preparation of God's people is our purpose. We're to educate, encourage and exemplify life in Jesus Christ.

~Our preparation is for the construction of the body of Christ. We accomplish that through invitations (get people in here), retention (keep people here) and education (teach them to live like Jesus, so they can lead people to Jesus).

3) What's next for us? Acts 2:42 "All the believers devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching, and to fellowship, and to sharing in meals (including the Lord’s Supper), and to prayer."

~Excellence in these five areas, is what will make us a strong and significant faith community.

~Devotion (a great commitment) to these things, leads to the addition of people by the Lord's doing! Acts 2:47b says "And each day the Lord added to their fellowship those who were being saved."

***Here's how you can help this week:
1...Pray for our church, that we fulfill God's plan for us. And pray with our church on Wednesday at 7 p.m. by calling (641) 715-3836 and use access code 131337.

2...Invite your friends and family to church next Sunday, and keep a few church cards with you so they'll have the necessary information. Invitations can be as simple as forwarding the daily text to someone; tagging friends on Facebook in an invite message with a link to the church's page or leaving a church card with your tip at a restaurant.

3...Get involved in a ministry. This builds relationships and makes sure that none of our members get lost in the shuffle of the crowd. If you're interested in helping with the youth, being a greeter, set-up for Café Grace, clean up of the building, office support, the prayer ministry or anything not mentioned that you feel drawn to, please text Pastor Walker TODAY!!!

4...Contribute a financial gift, that's from your heart to help the ministry stay alive. Your giving is how Grace Corner is able to function. God really doe's give blessings to blessers! We're not try to get rich, we're trying to get all we can so that we can give all we have, to the glory of God!

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