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MESSAGE AS PREPARED FOR PASTOR BARRETT

"Life on Mission"

WELCOME & VISION OF SERMON SERIES

Welcome to the Empowered Living Church (The ELC). We are celebrating our first year as a church! Thank you for being a part of God's victory. Our objective is to save souls, make disciples, and build God's kingdom. Our message series is titled, "Life on Mission."

Big Idea

"Living life on mission should be driven not out of guilty obligation but rather out of embracing the identity and purpose given to us in Christ.”

KEY SCRIPTURE - Ephesians 3:14-21 (NIV)

14 For this reason I kneel before the Father, 15 from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name. 16 I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, 17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, 18 may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ,19 and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. 20 Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, 21 to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever! Amen.

CONTEXT

CONTEXT:  The Good News of The Kingdom

Historically, when the king and his soldiers triumphed, he would send back a messenger to let the people know that the enemy had been defeated.  The messenger would yell, “Good news! Good news!” This could have literally meant freedom from impending slavery or death. This news from the messenger is the same word we now use as the word gospel, which in its simplest for means, “good news.” 


The message of King Jesus is the gospel.  Our King has gone before us and defeated the enemy, therefore imparting to us victory over the slavery of sin and death. This is no everyday good news--this is life-altering good news, and we who have been reconciled to God have now been given the privilege of spreading this good news to a world that is in desperate need of it.  The God News of the kingdom is that God doesn’t leave us in a state of sinful devastation, but calls us to turn from our sin and to look to Him for hope and restoration.  

 

 

 



TEACHING POINTS / THOUGHTS TO BUILD ON


GOOD NEWS: JESUS IS A DIFFERENT KIND OF KING

Jesus is a King who got down into the mess of humanity, who went to ultimate lengths to seek and save th elost and restore people back into His kingdom.

 

What today’s culture says is in opposition to “What God Says.”

 

James 4:10-12 (NIV) ~ 10 Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up. 11 Brothers and sisters, do not slander one another. Anyone who speaks against a brother or sister or judges them speaks against the law and judges it. When you judge the law, you are not keeping it, but sitting in judgment on it. 12 There is only one Lawgiver and Judge, the one who is able to save and destroy. But you—who are you to judge your neighbor?

 

GOOD NEWS: JESUS IS ON THE THRONE

Matthew 16:18-19 (NIV) ~ 18 And I tell you that you are Peter,and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it. 19 I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.”

 

GOOD NEWS: THE KINGDOM IS ALL ABOUT JESUS

Hebrews 1:1-4 (NIV) ~ 1 In the past God spoke to our ancestors through the prophets at many times and in various ways, 2 but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom also he made the universe. 3 The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word. After he had provided purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty in heaven. 4 So he became as much superior to the angels as the name he has inherited is superior to theirs.

 

GOOD NEWS: JESUS IS A SERVANT KING

Phillippians 2:5-11 (NIV) ~ 5 In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus: 6 Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; 7 rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. 8 And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death— even death on a cross! 9 Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, 10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11 and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

 

GOOD NEWS: WE GET TO REPENT

Repent: That word stings our pride, but once we get past that, we realize it oozes with grace because it invites us into something better.  Repent, because she kingdom already has a King, and you and I are not it.  

2 Corinthians 5:17-21 (NIV) Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! 18 All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: 19 that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation. 20 We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God. 21 God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.


We want to answer the why, what how, who, and what next questions as we spend time working through living a LIFE ON MISSION.


Why, What, How, Whom, What / Next


  • WHY does mission work even matter?
  • WHAT is foundational to my growth and development
  • HOW do I apply the mission God has given me?
  • To WHOM is God calling me?
  • WHAT do the NEXT steps look like for me?

When we read the story in Genesis we fail to remember that we are as guilty as Adam was in the text.  We have done many of the same things as Adam by not following 

CLOSING THOUGHT / CHALLENGE

Ephesians 3:14-21 (NIV)

14 For this reason I kneel before the Father, 15 from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name. 16 I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, 17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, 18 may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ,19 and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. 20 Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, 21 to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever! Amen.