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The Purpose of Impact - Part 2

The world values:

  • Appearance
  • Affluence
  • Achievement
  • Approval

Let your only evaluation of worth derive from the awareness of God's love for you. All other measures leave you in a state of delusion.
- Anonymous

  • You Are
  • You Have
  • You Can

You Matter:

  • Give your life to Jesus
  • Get busy using your gifts
  • Go out and make a difference

JUST THINK… you are here not by chance but by GOD's choosing.  His hand formed you and made you the person you are.  He compares you to no one else; you are one of a kind.  You lack nothing that His grace can't give you.  He has allowed you to be here at this time in history to fulfill His special purpose for this generation.  You are GOD's masterpiece, You have GOD's blessings and can do all things through GOD’s strength working in and through You!
- Roy Lessin

Scripture References:

  • Romans 12:2
  • Psalm 25:5
  • Ephesians 2:10
  • Ephesians 1:3
  • Proverbs 4:13
Personal Impact - Part 2

As a disciple, our faith in Christ should impact every area of our lives – including our finances. Giving is a topic that makes many people in church uncomfortable, largely because it’s often either exploited for selfish gain or avoided altogether. However, even a quick look at God’s Word reveals that He cares about our finances. More specifically, He cares how we’re using the money He has entrusted to us. Admittedly, giving isn’t an easy thing to do. So, why is it so important? Biblical giving places our hope for provision in God, engages us in His mission for our church, and gives us access to promises He has made. Giving is a privilege when we consider what God has given to us in Christ.

Personal Impact

Jesus’ call to discipleship was simple – “Follow Me” – yet incredibly difficult – “Take up your cross.” As a disciple, we must give of our time and talents to SERVE Christ and His Church. In doing so, we discover that contributing costs more than consuming. We learn that constructing costs more than criticizing. We even find that rest costs more than resentment. Why pay the cost? Because a faith that doesn’t cost anything is a faith that isn’t really worth anything.

Scripture References

  • Hebrews 11:33-38
  • Matthew 16:24-26
  • 2 Thessalonians 3:6-9
  • Acts 20:35
  • 2 Thessalonians 3:10-12
  • 2 Thessalonians 3:13
  • Mark 10:42-45

The Place of Impact - Part 2
  • Matthew 18:21-35 (main passage)
  • James 5:9
  • Romans 12:17-21
  • Matthew 7:1-5

While biblical community is necessary, it certainly isn’t easy. We’re called to live and grow with people who are still prone to selfishness, anger, offense and pride – people just like us!  Many people move from church to church looking for community, but biblical community isn’t something we find; it’s something we forge with forgiveness. We can learn to forgive by reserving judgment for God, remembering our own guilt, and choosing to reconcile with our offender. Let’s forge community together!

The Place of Impact

What does the "Place of Impact" look like?  Does it resemble a humble willingness to accept correction and encouragement from our brothers and sisters in Christ? Do we look to each other for counsel?  We need each other....

Hebrews 10:24-25

  • Not Independent
  • But Interdependent

Romans 12:5

Ephesians 4:16

  • I need others to walk with me
  • I need others to work with me
  • I need others to watch out for me
  • I need others to wait and weep with me
The Point of Impact - Part 2

Matthew 28:16-20

Our mission as a church is to make disciples of Jesus Christ. If you’re a part of the church, this mission includes you! In a world of busy lifestyles and overwhelming schedules, this is no easy task. Do we really have to add one more thing to our already chaotic lives? The Great Gospel Commission Jesus gave us wasn’t a call to add mission to our lives; it was a call to begin living our lives on mission. How can you help “make disciples of all nations?” Begin where you already are!

The Point of Impact

Have you ever asked yourself: What’s the point? We do so many things on a regular basis, that sometimes we forget why we’re even doing them. We forget, that is, until something changes. As we bring two church families together, we’ve been given a wonderful opportunity to answer this very important question about the purpose of the Church. What’s the point of Impact? To make disciples of Jesus Christ!