SUNDAY, JULY 4, 2021
9:30 AM (In-person + livestream, Pilgrim campus)
11:15 AM (In-person, IBC campus)
Two-week series: How to Kill a Church and How to Be a Vibrant Church
How to Be a Vibrant Church
Eight Keys to an Open-Door Church
Last week we named church-killers, this week we look at what makes church alive. "With every person we encounter, the only question that should be on our mind is, How can I, right here and right now, affirm the unsurpassable worth of this person for whom Christ died” (G.A.Boyd)? Jesus tells the church in Philadelphia (Rev. 3:7-19) that he has opened a door before them. What does it mean to be a vibrant church? What does the church of the open door look like?
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Main Texts: Revelation 2:8-11, 3:7-13
Other Scriptures referenced: Hebrews 10:25; John 15:4; cf. 1 John 4:8,16;
Matthew 18:1-7; Matt. 9:10–11; 11:19; Mark 2:15–16; Luke 7:34; 15:1; Luke 23:34;
Deut. 10:17–19; 2 Chron. 19:7; Mark 12:14; John 3:16; Acts 10:34; Rom. 2:10–11;
Eph. 6:9; cf. 1 Tim. 2:4; 1 Peter 1:17; 2 Peter 3:9; Luke 10:27–37, others.
John's Letters to the seven churches of Asia.
EIGHT KEYS TO THE OPEN-DOOR CHURCH
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Gather-Scatter - proclamation in large gatherings - hospitality in home churches and being invited in. (Centering around Jesus only macro-magnification, decentering on micro mission)
Being/Doing Dance Joy and Lament - KIM - Ch 3.
“It is the most fundamental reason why each of us exists. Scripture calls it “abiding in Christ” (John 15:4; cf. 1 John 4:16). God’s desire is for us to participate in his own eternal love and life and therefore in his own eternal joy and peace by dwelling in the Son.” ― G.A. Boyd
Encourage Questioning with freedom - deconstructing the systems around us, but then restoration and post-deconstruction journeying.
Next Generations - Kids and family ministry - Do not sacrifice the young on the altar of the preferences of the aged. We welcome all - BUT we recognize that we must always be reaching down to the next generation.
Love those who are not convicted about the same sins and wrongs you are.
Get identity in Jesus instead of Judgement
Investing money and energy is also outward
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