VISION & MISSION @ IMPACT 2017
I. THE GREAT COMMANDMENT
37 Jesus replied, “‘You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.’ 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 A second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ 40 The entire law and all the demands of the prophets are based on these two commandments.” Matthew 22:37-40
A. Wholehearted Love: all your heart, all your soul…
- We are to love God in comprehensive way as He has loved us in a comprehensive way, with every part of our being loving Him.
- That’s what God is calling for from humanity.
- God doesn’t want Part of us, He wants all of Us. (My Heart Christ’s Home)
B. God wants more than our Believing.
- The distinguishing mark of the Redeemed, is that they love God.
- No one is ever right with God until their heart and soul and mind manifests love for God.
- Paul had that in Romans 7, even though he sinned, he said the things that I do that are sin I don’t want to do, but I find that in me is my flesh and it does these things, but that’s not what I choose to do and the essence of what he is saying is I love God and I love what’s right and I love what honors God and even though I don’t always do everything right, I love God!
- A true believer is a lover of God and that is made manifest because they keep His commandments. You show me someone who doesn’t have any interest in keeping His commandments I’ll show you someone who doesn’t love Him.
C. Love your Neighbor
- In other words, I take care of somebody else the same way I take care of me.
- Christianity isn’t that complicated. It just says love God, love people. If you love God you’ll do what He says. If you love people you’ll do what they need, that’s all!
II. The Great Commission
16 Then the eleven disciples left for Galilee, going to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go. 17 When they saw him, they worshiped him—but some of them doubted!
18 Jesus came and told his disciples, “I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth. 19 Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. 20 Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Matthew 28:16-20
availability, worship, submission, obedience, and power.
A. Availability. We’ll stop at that point. Here’s the Availability.
16 Then the eleven disciples left for Galilee, going to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go.
- Everything at this point focuses on the fact that they were there. Jesus said be there, and they were there.
- They’re not the greatest people in the world, they’re not the most capable or the most brilliant, they’re not the most experienced, but they are there and that is to be commended. They are available.
- The first prerequisite or element in fulfilling this commission to make disciples is to be available, the second is to worship…
B. Worship, And when they saw Him…He appeared all of a sudden in the supernatural way in which He could transfer Himself from one place to another. He appeared and in an instant everyone saw Him in that supernatural appearance and it created an instantly overwhelming effect and they Worshiped Him
- When we worship the Lord Jesus Christ, we put ourselves in the place where we are available and we are able. The whole heart set on Christ, the whole affection set on Christ, the whole mind set on Christ.
- People worshiped Christ in the sense that they had undivided allegiance and devotion to Him
C. Submission, verse 18, Jesus said, “All authority is given unto Me in heaven and earth.” What did He mean by that? He meant, “I’m in control.” And the reason He said that was to create in the mind of His disciples an attitude of Submission.
- It is the attitude of submission that says whatever He commands, I will do.
- The reason Jesus said that was to create in the mind of His disciples an attitude of submission
D. Obedience, And that takes us to the fourth, that is the principle of obedience. In verse 19 is where we have the command “make disciples of all nations.” And it calls for obedience.
- How are you doing that? How are you making disciples of the people around you? The people around the world? How are you doing it? Or are you doing it? I may seem to you unnatural or impossible, as it must have to them, but it was commanded.
- Are you involved in making learning believers and believing learners? Are you, in the words of Mark 16:15, going into all the world and preaching the gospel to every creature? Are you, in the words of Luke 24:47, taking repentance and forgiveness of sins and preaching it in His name among all nations? How are you becoming a fisher of men?
- Well, we are to be Obedient. You say, “Well, obedient to what?” He tells you how to do it right here in verse 19 with three participles…the main verb is “making disciples of all nations…the three participles are: going, baptizing, teaching. That’s how you do it. Going, baptizing, teaching, that’s how you make a disciple!
E. Power, I mean, I…Lean on the fact that it’s the power and the purpose of God that is behind everything. And..
- The promise of power comes in the promise of presence. Do you see that? I am with you. I am with you…no less than I Myself. And when He went away He said, “I’m going to go away but I will come to you.” Remember that? “In the form of the Spirit, I will come to you.”
- The Lord is with us. He is in us. And He is empowering us. Oh what power. “I, no less than I the resurrected Christ with power over death am with you.” Isn’t that great? This is the one who has power over demons, power over disease, power over sin, power over death. He’s with us.
III. The Great Community
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.
43 A deep sense of awe came over them all, and the apostles performed many miraculous signs and wonders. 44 And all the believers met together in one place and shared everything they had. 45 They sold their property and possessions and shared the money with those in need. 46 They worshiped together at the Temple each day, met in homes for the Lord’s Supper, and shared their meals with great joy and generosity— 47 all the while praising God and enjoying the goodwill of all the people. And each day the Lord added to their fellowship those who were being saved. Acts 2:42-47
Now here we meet the first church in history. This was the church that Jesus built on the day of Pentecost. This was the first one.
And you know something? They didn’t know anything about a church. Nothing. There was no precedent. They didn’t have a book on the church. They didn’t have a denomination to go to. They didn’t even have a New Testament. They had nothing. They didn’t have any seminars or conferences or conventions or experts on the church or books to read. There was nothing.
- Devoted to the Word
“All the believers devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching.” Acts 2:42a
- Devoted to Each Other
“and to fellowship, and to sharing in meals (including the Lord’s Supper).” 2:42b
- Devoted to Prayer
“and to prayer.” 2:42c
“A deep sense of awe came over them all, and the apostles performed many miraculous signs and wonders. 44 And all the believers met together in one place…” Acts 43-44a
- They experienced wonders and signs (which are still valid for the church today, especially through the means of spiritual gifts).
- They focused on the teaching of the apostles (which we have in the New Testament).
“Shared everything they had. They sold their property and possessions and shared the money with those in need.” Acts 2:44b-45
- They shared their possessions as freely with the needy as though they didn’t even own them.
“They worshiped together at the Temple each day, met in homes for the Lord’s Supper, and shared their meals with great joy and generosity.” Acts 2:46
- They spent time in big groups in the temple.
- They ate together in their homes almost every day.
“All the while praising God and enjoying the goodwill of all the people. And each day the Lord added to their fellowship those who were being saved.” Acts 2:47
- And when they met each other, they met God. They prayed and they praised.
I. So what is Impact’s vision for 2017
Creating an Authentic Community of Compassionate Disciples, that hasn’t changed…
however, There are some common themes that run through these 3 passages, we would be wise to focus on them.
II. & what is Impact’s Mission for 2017
- Love. Love God and Love Others
It all starts with Love. If we love God and Others, we will be devoted to His Word, to worshipping Him through song and prayer and to each other..
- Devote. To the Word, To Worship, and To Each other
We can chose to devote to whatever we want, but if we chose to devote to the Word, Worship and Each Other it will change our lives and change Impact.
- Serve. Be Available, Help those in Need, and Live in God’s Power .
We Serve because we Love and we are Devoted, therefore we can’t stop sharing with ‘those in need.’ We are available, open and trusting in God to help us serve!