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					Come Follow Me
 Re-imagining “CHURCH”
      Introduction
  Our Church has once again
     come to a crossroads.
   Crossroads are milestones
which we must decide on wether
 to go right, left, go the way we
came from or continue to move
             forward.
Since 2003, our churches have been moving
forward by God’s good grace!

We have formed shared leadership groups

gone into learning more about the Word

delved into different leadership philosophies in
trying to find the right match for the right time.

Empowerment, openness, process, etc...
became bywords
We came up with MVG’s

Allowed the sectors or regions some autonomy in
finances and at times in direction.

We implemented faith based principles

Through all these, the church has indeed moved
forward. We are learning to love the Lord,
learning once more (although redefining this
through our faith partnerships/groups) to love one
another.

We still need to learn what it means to love the
lost today!
 How can we be
   effective ?
  In leading people to Christ?
 To make our lives count and
make a difference in this world?
 To live out the purpose of the
            church?
              1. Move Out

Matthew 4:17-22(NIV) 17 From that time on Jesus began to
preach, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is near.”18 As Jesus
was walking beside the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon
called Peter and his brother Andrew. They were casting a net into
the lake, for they were fishermen. 19 “Come, follow me,” Jesus
said, “and I will make you fishers of men.” 20 At once they left their
nets and followed him.21 Going on from there, he saw two other
brothers, James son of Zebedee and his brother John. They were
in a boat with their father Zebedee, preparing their nets. Jesus
called them, 22 and immediately they left the boat and their father
and followed him.
As soon as John was put in prison, He began
his focus on building the Kingdom - He called
for people to repent!

He calls a dedicated small group of people to
transform the world upside down!

The personal commitment that Jesus
motivated into his disciples certainly made the
difference.

It is therefore important to actually integrate
and live out the teachings of our Lord.
The part Jesus plays is doing the
transforming. He was the carpenter, the first
called were fishermen

Our part is living the message and getting it
out into the world!

so the first thing we need to do to be effective
is to go back out to the streets!

Church simply needs to move out!
John 17:18(NIV)18 As you sent me into the
world, I have sent them into the world.

every disciple must go out into the streets.

The mission has a church and not the church
has a mission.

Church is not just about having excellent
worship every Sunday. True worship is about
obedience to Christ!
In some ways, we have gotten stuck on doing
Church instead of BEING Church.

We can BE Church by moving out!

Taguig, Marikina, RCBC, Prince Plaza, etc...

start small. One person can make an impact.

Keep your focus narrow.

Church, it is time to Move Out!
         2. Move In

1 Corinthians 9:22-23(TNIV) 22 To the
weak I became weak, to win the weak. I
have become all things to all people so
that by all possible means I might save
some. 23 I do all this for the sake of the
gospel, that I may share in its blessings.
In order to save many, Paul had to learn to
adapt to the culture of the city he was in. For
example - Athens in Acts 17

Paul Moved INto the community

Jesus was always with sinners. He did not
just stay with those that were saved. In fact -
he was sent to seek and to save what was
lost. (Luke 19:10)

We must re-learn that God made man in His
own image.
In other words, there is a piece of God in
every human being.

There is a longingness for some spirituality

Why do people gamble, go or participate in
sports, go to clubs, take drugs or go to the
movies?

People are seekers

     Salvation, cause to belong to,
     community, escape loneliness, overcome
     guilt or pain, to feel again...
As Disciples of Jesus we need to get involved

Matthew 12:30 “Whoever is not with me is
             30



against me, and whoever does not gather with
me scatters.

This verse is convicting

We have to Move in and re-build our OIKOS

One way in doing so is VOLUNTEER.
            3. Move Beside

    Matthew 4:12-1612 When Jesus heard that John had been put
    in prison, he withdrew to Galilee. 13 Leaving Nazareth, he went and
    lived in Capernaum, which was by the lake in the area of Zebulun and
    Naphtali— 14 to fulfill what was said through the prophet Isaiah:

•   15 “Land of Zebulun and land of Naphtali,
     the Way of the Sea, beyond the Jordan,
     Galilee of the Gentiles—
    16 the people living in darkness
     have seen a great light;
    on those living in the land of the shadow of death
     a light has dawned.”[a
Jesus did not go in and out of an area.

He lived where he preached.

As Disciples, we need to pay importance to
geography.

We must have a turf or territory.

Matthew 28:18-20 is not just about sharing
your faith. It is about making disciples - long
term relationships.

We must grow once more and learn how to
evangelize.
A dream is needed in our hearts to begin
again.

All of us can make a difference

Start where you are!

Taguig wants to form

Dumaguete, Lucena, LP, Alabang, etc...
                 4. Move On
    Matthew 13:10-15(NIV)10 The disciples came to him and asked, “Why do
    you speak to the people in parables?”11 He replied, “The knowledge of
    the secrets of the kingdom of heaven has been given to you, but not to
    them. 12 Those who have will be given more, and they will have an
    abundance. As for those who do not have, even what they have will be
    taken from them. 13 This is why I speak to them in parables:

•    “Though seeing, they do not see;
     though hearing, they do not hear or understand.
•    14 In them is fulfilled the prophecy of Isaiah:
•    “‘You will be ever hearing but never understanding;
     you will be ever seeing but never perceiving.
    15 For this people’s heart has become calloused;
     they hardly hear with their ears,
     and they have closed their eyes.
    Otherwise they might see with their eyes,
     hear with their ears,
     understand with their hearts
    and turn, and I would heal them.’[a]

•     16 But blessed are your eyes because they
    see, and your ears because they hear. 17
    Truly I tell you, many prophets and righteous
    people longed to see what you see but did
    not see it, and to hear what you hear but did
    not hear it.
Jesus spoke in parables because He wanted
people to question their own lives.

He was not always directly confrontational

He wanted people to go on a search for the
truth.

What will make us different from the other
churches out there is our lives.

Not so many are concerned with the difference
between this or that church.
What people want is a church that cares.

A church who does not only preach doctrine
but lives it out.

The only way to help people MOVE ON is to
allow them the opportunity to observe our
lives.

Ex. Meeting with a religious leader in my
community.
Our relationships are crucial

Our faith groups are so important

Our lives are what people actually depend on.

When people see how radical we are with our
relationships, money, time, power sharing, our
commitment. They will see Jesus!
         Conclusion

It is time to FOLLOW HIM

Re-imagine Church

  Move Out

  Move In

  Move Beside

  Move On

				
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