This morning, Pastor Ed transitioned into a new sermon series by giving us three mini-sermons. "What's Your Story?" is the theme for our small groups this year, which start up next week. But it also tied in with what we talked about today.
He began with some vision-casting.
We looked at Acts 2:42-47, which is the launching pad for our vision. Then we looked at our official Vision statement:
We exist to be used by God to draw others into authentic Christian community.
You can't healthily connect with God unless you're spending energy healthily connecting with one another.
Look at the use of "one another" in the New Testament. You can't be a follower of Christ alone.
What are you saying "Yes" to? If you're feeling disconnected, you're saying Yes to other things.
Then we did some groupletyzing to get talking with each other.
The second section, we looked at our new Logo. We read John 1, where Jesus is described as the Logos, the Word. God changed his Logo when he sent Jesus.
And we talked about the new logo. People see good things in it! We want to point to Jesus and highlight Community, among other things.
The third mini-message was about Giving. We looked at II Corinthians 9:6-8.
Pastor Ed historically hasn't preached a lot about giving. But we're building a building. And it's important work.
Our Motivation for giving: As you sow, you'll reap.
We're not designed to be a reservoir; we're designed to be a river.
That's why it feels good to give.
How should we give? Happily!
The means: Get in touch with the generosity God's given you. Want to be generous, and God will supply the means.
Can we covenant to give out of God's generosity?
We want to give of our time, energy, and money.
NO PARKING for this season! It's about cooperation! Jump in!