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Welcome to the Empowered Living Church (The ELC). We are celebrating the launch of this new church in our new location as we prepare for our next step. Thank you for being a part of God's victory. Our objective is to save souls, make disciples, and build God's kingdom. We are spending the month of September coming into a collective understanding of how we live a life on mission for God through the Art of Neighboring. Click HERE
In order to take The Great Commandment seriously, we must create space in our lives to build relationships with those who live near us.
At the Home of Martha and Mary 38 As Jesus and his disciples were on their way, he came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her home to him. 39 She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what he said. 40 But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. She came to him and asked, “Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!” 41 “Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, 42 but few things are needed—or indeed only one. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.”
Welcome to our new series,The Art of Neighboring. Over the next 3 weeks, our church will be participating with approximately 100 churches in the greater Charlotte area, reaching over 60,000 people in those churches in our city with a unified message of THE central teaching of our Lord Jesus Christ...to love God and love our neighbor as ourselves
.Can you imagine what our city would look like if the Christians in our city were great neighbors?Let mere phrase it this way... Can you imagine what would happen in our city if Christians truly lived out the Greatest Commandment our Lord Jesus gave us, to love God and love our neighbor as ourselves? During The Art of Neighboring unified sermon series,our goal is that each of us would be inspired and equipped to become neighborhood catalysts that move themselves and others from stranger to acquaintance to relationship.
The story of these two sisters teaches us that we must live counter-culturally in order to experience the life that Jesus wants us to live. We must learn how to say “no” to good things so we can say “yes” to the main thing.
Make the Main thing the Main Thing
Lesson 1: Relationship with God
Matthew 6:25-27 & 33-34 ~ 25 “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? 26 Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? 27 Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life[e]?
33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.
Lesson 2: Relationship with your Spouse (Family)
1 Timothy 5:8 ~ 8 Anyone who does not provide for their relatives, and especially for their own household, has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.
1 Peter 3:1-7 ~ Wives, in the same way submit yourselves to your own husbands so that, if any of them do not believe the word, they may be won over without words by the behavior of their wives, 2 when they see the purity and reverence of your lives. 3 Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as elaborate hairstyles and the wearing of gold jewelry or fine clothes. 4 Rather, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight. 5 For this is the way the holy women of the past who put their hope in God used to adorn themselves. They submitted themselves to their own husbands, 6 like Sarah, who obeyed Abraham and called him her lord. You are her daughters if you do what is right and do not give way to fear. 7 Husbands, in the same way be considerate as you live with your wives, and treat them with respect as the weaker partner and as heirs with you of the gracious gift of life, so that nothing will hinder your prayers.
Lesson 3: Relationship with your health
1 Corinthians 6:19-20 ~ 19 Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; 20 you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies.
We are in a season of prayer in the month of October. We are believing in the healing power of God to bring prosperity, peace, and good health.
Jeremiah 33:6-9 ~ 6 “ ‘Nevertheless, I will bring health and healing to it; I will heal my people and will let them enjoy abundant peace and security. 7 I will bring Judah and Israel back from captivity and will rebuild them as they were before. 8 I will cleanse them from all the sin they have committed against me and will forgive all their sins of rebellion against me. 9 Then this city will bring me renown, joy, praise and honor before all nations on earth that hear of all the good things I do for it; and they will be in awe and will tremble at the abundant prosperity and peace I provide for it.’
The 1-Hour Challenge: The week 2 life application assignment builds off the Block Map
Exercise. Challenge each of your members to spend at least an hour in their front yard or common
area this week and see what happens. They may also want to take a walk in their neighborhood.
Challenge them to introduce themselves to people when they see them or take the next step if you
already know them.
When God stopped me in my tracks and revealed the three areas of life’s focus I knew immediately that I would have to give up something to make time to make the main thing the main thing. What are you willing to give up to make the make the main thing the main thing?
Throughout the New Testament we see that Jesus lives his life in a specific rhythm. He regularly withdraws and slows down in order to live at a healthy pace.
Mark 1:35 ~ 35 Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed.
Luke 4:42-44 ~ 42 At daybreak, Jesus went out to a solitary place. The people were looking for him and when they came to where he was, they tried to keep him from leaving them. 43 But he said, “I must proclaim the good news of the kingdom of God to the other towns also, because that is why I was sent.” 44 And he kept on preaching in the synagogues of Judea.
Luke 9:28 ~ 28 About eight days after Jesus said this, he took Peter, John and James with him and went up onto a mountain to pray.