Series: “I LOVE MY CHURCH” by Pastor David R. Stokes
Sunday, September 9th, 2018: “IT’S ONLY EVER ALWAYS ABOUT JESUS”
This new series, “I LOVE MY CHURCH,” is designed to make sure our church “culture” reflects our doctrinal and philosophical DNA.
A lot of teams say they want to win, but are unwilling to put in the work that makes a winning team. A lot of people like the concept of a winning team, but not the commitment it takes. Often, it’s not that people don’t want to win, they’re just unwilling to change. If we are CHANGE averse, then we're improvement adverse.
The motto of a dying organization is “That’s how we’ve always done it” Improvement requires change.
And the more change averse you are, the more improvement averse.
The longer you're in a space, the less aware you are of its surrounding. The longer you're in an organization, the less aware you are of the culture.
The culture is the personality of the organization. This is how we do it HERE. It’s the difference between Chick-fil-a and McDonalds. Each have their own culture and if you’ve known the difference in experience between going to CFA & McDonalds then you know that culture is vital - because it doesn’t just dictate how things are done, but how easily & effective what you do will be.
Culture is a byproduct of consistent behavior. It's either created intentionally through action or happens unintentionally by reaction.
We have EIGHT SPECIFIC VALUES that have been developed by our ministry team, and it is these values on which we’ll focus during September and October. First and foremost is this one:
“IT’S ONLY EVER ALWAYS ABOUT JESUS: Our Methods May Change, But Our Message Never Does”
“Together, we are his house, built on the foundation of the apostles and the prophets. AND THE CORNERSTONE IS CHRIST JESUS HIMSELF.” – Ephesians 2:20 (NLT)
One day, Jesus invited Peter, James, and John to a mountain, where they had a “mountaintop experience.” They saw Jesus in his GLORY. We, too, need a HIGH-VIEW of Jesus. Paul wrote about it to the Colossian church:
The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him. He is before all things, and in him all things hold together. And he is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy. – Colossians 1:15-18 (NIV)
Name some things that tend to distract churches from their real purpose.
Name some of the metaphors the Bible uses to describe the New Testament Church.
What do these metaphors mean?