Sunday, January 13, 2013

The Church That Makes A Difference

I Thessalonians 2:1-12
The mission field of the world has come to us.  In order to meet the challenge before us, we are in need of the direction of scripture as to how we can be effective in our ministry.
Biblical churches are guided by:
  1. The Great Commandment - Mark 12:29-31
  2. The Great Commission - Matthew 28:19-20
The NSBC Mission Statement
·      Through Worship, we will praise God's greatness!
·      Through Education (Discipleship), we will prepare God's people!
·      Through Evangelism and Missions, we will proclaim God's message!
·      Through Ministry and Fellowship, we will prove God's love!
Experiential Elements of A Powerful Church
  • Energy / Fervency
  • Relevance with depth
  • Compassion w/ Understanding
Service for the Lord should be as to the Lord. Colossians 3:23-24
Core Values identified by staff:
    Quality                                Trust
    Consistency                       Vision
    Relationships                      Individual Purpose
    Genuineness                      Corporate Connection
The Church That Makes A Difference  I Thessalonians 2:1-12
      I.     Has A Purpose  v.l
You cannot go far without a program but you cannot get started without a purpose.
The one who fails to discern the purpose of God will soon find that he is serving the desires of men.
     II.     Shows Persistence  v.2
   III.     Has Integrity  v.3-6
·      Of Message v.3-4a
·      Of Method  v.4b-6  
  IV.     Shows Compassion  v.7-8
    V.     Has Dedication  v.9
  VI.     Expects Evaluation  v.10-12

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