Tom Scott - 17/09/2017

Matthew 28:18-20

Title: We have a compelling vision      

Text: Matthew 28:18-20

Theme: Jesus is the one calling us

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Date: September 18, 2017

Good News!  Last week Dennis and I were able to figure out what was happening with our audio recordings of the sermons.  It appears that there were a couple of knobs that were turned off and they were preventing the sound from transmitting from the microphones to the computer.  If you check out our website at www.cumberlandchristianchurch.us. you will find yesterday’s message posted already.  It’s amazing how one small little thing can have a huge impact on the system.  That’s true in a lot of situations.  One individual can have a huge impact on a community.  We see this all the time on the news, but’s also true within the church.  One person can impact hundreds of lives through the power of the Holy Spirit.  In Sunday school we looked at the story of Esther and how she was able to save the Jews from annihilation.  She had the courage to speak up for her people even though it could have resulted in her own death.  During the worship hour, we looked at the first two words of the Great Commission given by Jesus in Matthew 28.  Jesus would tell his disciples to therefore go.  These two words would forever change the world.  Today, that vision has been passed down to us.  Here are five questions to reflect upon this week.

1. Visioning seeks a preferable future whether you are talking about your life, a business or the church.  What is your vision for life in the next four to five years?

2. Jesus instructs his disciples to therefore go and make disciples of all the world.  The rest of the scriptures outline how the disciples did just that.  What message did the disciples take with them and where did they go with this message?

3. Yesterday, I mentioned that we need to both grasp God’s vision for the church and capture it in our hearts.  How would you grade yourself when it comes to knowing and understanding God’s vision for the church today?

4. During the message, I mentioned the importance of being able to articulate the vision of the church to others.  If you were asked to share the vision for Cumberland with a family member or friend; what would be your response?

5. It is important that we not only know God’s vision for the church; but that we follow through with it.  Jesus said we are the salt of the earth and the light of the world.  Do you have a list of individuals you are going to as you seek to impact lives for God in a positive way?

That one individual who can radically transform the community might be you.  The next Esther might be the person sitting next to you this Sunday at church.  I’m excited to see where this series of messages takes us.  Let’s prepare to gather together again this Sunday as we continue to look at Matthew 28:18-20.  Until then, have a great week!

In His Service,
Tom

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