Sermon: 2010-2011: Past, Present & Future

Many of us have made New Years resolutions and hopefully they’re not broken already. Though perhaps the resolution all Christians need to make this year is:

Will we study God’s Word faithfully and consistently in order to firmly understand what God calls us to be & do in 2011?

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Sermon Notes
Scripture: Ephesians 3:1-13
“2010-2011: Past, Present, & Future”

Paul’s Outline of Understanding the Mystery of Christ

  1. All share God’s promise of salvation and grace. (Ephesians 3:6)
  2. We serve God by His grace, not by our strength. (Ephesians 3:7)
  3. God’s intent was always for the church to lead people to understand His wisdom. (Ephesians 3:10)
  4. Only by faith in God can we truly approach and have a relationship with Him. (Ephesians 3:12)
  5. Do not be discouraged with suffering as it often glorifies God by how we handle the suffering.

Do we live what we say we believe in good times & bad? (Ephesians 3:13)

Let’s look at 2010 & see how the church, and we as individuals, understood the mysteries of Christ.

What have we done to proclaim the “Good News” in 2010?

  • Diggers Bible Study.
  • VBS/CLC/Sunday School/Youth/Sunday Worship Services.
  • Jail Ministry.
  • Community events and dinners.
  • Counseling, Discipling Mentoring, Training & Teaching.
  • Prayer Time (public & private). Are we praying for others?
  • Generous giving to the Church / God’s Kingdom.
  • Evangelism: Inviting others to church. Hear the “Good News!”
  • Missions: Local & World.
  • Benevolence: Visiting others (Hospital, elderly, help projects, helping the needy).
  • Stewardship: Ways to honor God’s resources given to His people.
  • Seeking the lost & needy for salvation.
  • Defender of the Faith: Deacons, LMC, CMC, teachers, trainers.
  • Witnessing to others.
  • Praise Team, Worship Leaders.
  • Financial planning, vision, mission direction, suggestions.
  • Encouragement for others (Support Lay & Pastoral).

What has been your part in these ministries in 2010?

What can or will happen in 2011?

  • Guitars for God.
  • CLC Afternoon Mentoring.
  • CLC night meals for kids.
  • Improvement / Growth in all ministry programs (inside & outside church).
  • Getting into the community more (lost/needy).
  • Making Disciples for Jesus (Great Commission).
    1. Welcoming & Inviting
    2. Non Judgmental – Training, Teaching, Support.
    3. Scar Ministry
    4. Biblical based training/sermons/study
    5. Opportunities to Serve
    6. Glorify God with our transformed lives!

How will you respond in 2011?