VALUES + VISION
Ephesians 4:10 He who descended is the very one who
ascended higher than all the heavens, in order to fill the whole universe
1. The Object of the Father
2. The Value of Everything
The value of everything in the eyes of the Father – is determined by the measure of Christ in it
God is looking for a people where Christ is their all - and where His presence is being manifested
Matthew 3:17 (Amp) This is My Beloved Son, in Whom I delight
John 15:5 I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you caN do nothing.
3. Declaration of Divine Purpose
Romans 8:28-29 (CEV) We know that God is always at work for the good of everyone who loves Him. They are the ones God has chosen for His purpose, and He has always known who His chosen ones would be. He had decided to let them become like His own Son, so that His Son would be the first of many children.
The work of the Holy Spirit is to show us what we are to know and be - spiritually in Christ
4. The Dwelling Place of Christ
Ephesians 3:17 So that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith
5. Hindrances to Spiritual Growth
2 Corinthians 3:18 So all of us who have had that veil removed can see and reflect the glory of the Lord. And the Lord - who is the Spirit - makes us more and more like Him as we are changed into His glorious image.
Appreciation and love for Jesus gets rid of the anxiety of spiritual growth
Spiritual growth comes from being occupied with Jesus – giving Him His place in everything
Ephesians 4:13 Until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.
6. God’s Vision – The Church
John Wesley said, “There is no such thing as a solitary Christian.”
Christianity is an individual faith - but a collective fellowship
7. Church is a Place to Belong
8. Jesus Died for the Church
Acts 20:28 …His Church, purchased with His own blood
9. The Power of the Church
Matthew 16:18 …I will build My Church, and the gates of Hell will not overpower it.
1 Peter 2:10 Once you were not a people, but now you are the
people of God
Matthew 5:14 …the light of the world. A City on a Hill…
Ephesians 1:22-23 God has put all things under the authority of Christ and has made Him head over all things for the benefit of the church. 23) And the church is His body; it is made full and complete by Christ, who fills all things everywhere with Himself.