Taking the HillMatthew 4.17-25Doug Brownaudio, pdf, and power point available @ karenvineyard.org
“To be a relevant church that exists for • our community • Christ • and the world.”
Taking the hill • What is the hill we are to take? • How are we going to take the hill? • What is the flag we are going to plant?
The appropriate response to our world is a rebooting of the mission, a concern about service and sacrifice rather than concern about style.
“The illiterate of the future will not be those who cannot read and write, but those how are not able to learn, unlearn and relearn.” Alvin Toffler
Mission and Finances • Mission is more important than money. • Finances are the means by which our vision is implemented, but money follows mission and not the reverse. • When we grow the mission, the finances will grow. • We do the mission for the integrity of the mission. Mission is the goal in itself. • Financial literacy is birthed out of vision.
“Vision must be harnessed. Because vision is greater than sight, deeper than a dream, and broader than an idea.” Leighton Ford
We want to move from curriculum and text-driven to life-driven • Jesus facilitated spiritual formation in his disciples by introducing them to life situations and then helping them debrief their experiences.
What does vision do for us? • Vision moves away from a preoccupation with managing to doing the kingdom. • Vision informs your decision making. • Vision does not arrive from consensus, it inspires consensus. • Genuine vision engenders commitment
What is the hill we are to take? Our communities and where we are sent in the world. • How are we going to take the hill? By becoming vision bearers who do what Jesus is doing. • What is the flag we are going to plant? The good news of the kingdom lived out
“Enlarge the place of your tent, stretch your tent curtains wide, do not hold back; lengthen your cords, strengthen your stakes.” Isaiah 54:2