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Intro

Mission - committed disciples ====> Vision - intentionally use time, talent and money
| Vision | Core Value
Vision - intentionally use time, talent and money
GT - how we make it happen =======> SG - how we build community
GT - time and talent
Core Value - culture
Core Values - culture / how we stay true
Core Value
We are god pleasers / we are a tribe / we give until it hurts / we strive to make the best better / we are committed to integrity / we are fearless
We never offend God with small or safe, we WOW God by being faith-filled big thinkers.
WE ARE A TRIBE
Ride or die; we are formed by Christ to work together, love each other, cry together and ultimately have fun. We are one life-giving voice, one people.
WE GIVE UNTIL IT HURTS
We are not here to receive, but to give compulsively from our hearts, with no limits.
WE STRIVE TO MAKE THE BEST BETTER
We are not perfectionists, but excellence is the standard in everything we do.
WE ARE COMMITTED TO INTEGRITY
We honor Christ and His church. Nothing else matters. We do the right stuff and quit the wrong.
WE ARE FEARLESS
One statement - We’re Here For You - you for me, me for you, us to them, us to us (Musketeers)
One statement - We’re Here For You - you for me, me for you, us to them, us to us
#1 thing we’re here for is help people discover their value in Christ. People have problems and they need Jesus to solve them.

WITHOUT CHRIST, THERE’S SOMETHING WRONG WITH YOU.

Ephesians 2:1–5 NLT
1 Once you were dead because of your disobedience and your many sins. 2 You used to live in sin, just like the rest of the world, obeying the devil—the commander of the powers in the unseen world. He is the spirit at work in the hearts of those who refuse to obey God. 3 All of us used to live that way, following the passionate desires and inclinations of our sinful nature. By our very nature we were subject to God’s anger, just like everyone else. 4 But God is so rich in mercy, and he loved us so much, 5 that even though we were dead because of our sins, he gave us life when he raised Christ from the dead. (It is only by God’s grace that you have been saved!)

WITHOUT CHRIST, THERE’S SOMETHING WRONG WITH YOU. WITH CHRIST, YOU ARE A MASTERPIECE.

WITH CHRIST, YOU ARE A MODEL.

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SOMETHING
Ephesians 2:2–3 NLT
2 You used to live in sin, just like the rest of the world, obeying the devil—the commander of the powers in the unseen world. He is the spirit at work in the hearts of those who refuse to obey God. 3 All of us used to live that way, following the passionate desires and inclinations of our sinful nature. By our very nature we were subject to God’s anger, just like everyone else.
WRONG
Eph 2:2-
WITH YOU.
Sinful, spiritually dead, object of God’s wrath
Sinful, spiritually dead, object of God’s wrath
Ephesians 2:1–5 NIV
1 As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins, 2 in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient. 3 All of us also lived among them at one time, gratifying the cravings of our flesh and following its desires and thoughts. Like the rest, we were by nature deserving of wrath. 4 But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, 5 made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved.
Eph 2:1
inful, spiritually
Then you received a gift - a new start - salvation.

WITH CHRIST, YOU ARE A MODEL.

dead, obj
Eph 2:
ect
Ephesians 2:8–10 NLT
8 God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God. 9 Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it. 10 For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.
of God’s wrath
Poiema; , from poieō, “to do, to make.” Thus, poiēma means “something that is made.” - perfect workmanship, a tapestry
Wuest, K. S. (1997). Wuest’s word studies from the Greek New Testament: for the English reader (Vol. 4, p. 70). Grand Rapids: Eerdmans.
Wuest, K. S. (1997). Wuest’s word studies from the Greek New Testament: for the English reader (Vol. 4, p. 70). Grand Rapids: Eerdmans.
perfect workmanship, a tapestry
We ourselves are a work - God’s - even our salvation is his work. We were created new in Christ.
We are not saved by good works but for the purpose of good works!
You artwork made by God - a prototype of himself - God don’t make no junk!
I am - God’s Masterpiece - His model - made in Christ Jesus - to do what God created me to do!

AS A MASTERPIECE YOU HAVE INCREDIBLE VALUE!

Psalm 139:13–16 NKJV
13 For You formed my inward parts; You covered me in my mother’s womb. 14 I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Marvelous are Your works, And that my soul knows very well. 15 My frame was not hidden from You, When I was made in secret, And skillfully wrought in the lowest parts of the earth. 16 Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed. And in Your book they all were written, The days fashioned for me, When as yet there were none of them.
A masterpiece created for the master’s purpose!
You life is meant to glorify God.
Antique road show
God has given everyone of us a clear purpose - something that adds great value - being a meaningful part of community.
You life is meant to glorify God.
If you don’t know the purpose of something you will abuse it.
- by being reconciled to each other and reconciling people with God.
If you don’t know the purpose of something you will abuse it.
If you want to know the purpose don’t ask the thing…ask its maker.
Lord, who am I?
GOD USES EVERYTHING IN YOUR LIFE TO BRING ABOUT HIS PURPOSES:
Romans 8:28 NKJV
And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.
What was meant for evil…God uses for good.
Before X - I was a mess…testify of your transformation | bpast
Connect with people - let them know - your story - “be there for them”

IF YOU DON’T LIKE YOURSELF LET GOD REMAKE YOU.

2 Peter 1:3 NIV
His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness.
Stop speaking the language of (can’t) - flip to can
I’m not - flip to I am
Don’t have - flip to do have
If you can’t sing, that’s ok, perhaps you were meant to paint walls!

Romans 8:28 NIV
And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.
What was meant for evil…God uses for good.
Before X - I was a mess…testify of your transformation
Connect with people - let them know - your story - be there for them

IF YOU DON’T LIKE YOURSELF LET GOD REMAKE YOU.

Jeremiah 18:3–4 NKJV
3 Then I went down to the potter’s house, and there he was, making something at the wheel. 4 And the vessel that he made of clay was marred in the hand of the potter; so he made it again into another vessel, as it seemed good to the potter to make.
If you are marred - let him make you over- make you again.
He makes what seems good to the potter to make.
Some of you are struggling in your identity trying to hold on to your scars -
2 Corinthians 5:17 NKJV
17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.
BUT GOD, has had a plan for your whole life.
Ephesians 1:11 NKJV
11 In Him also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestined according to the purpose of Him who works all things according to the counsel of His will,
You are his masterpiece and he wants to heal to use you - to heal someone else.
Ephesians 1:11 NIV
In him we were also chosen, having been predestined according to the plan of him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of his will,
God’s not finished with me yet
Phil 1:6
Philippians 1:6 NIV
being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.
Isaiah 64:8–9 NKJV
8 But now, O Lord, You are our Father; We are the clay, and You our potter; And all we are the work of Your hand. 9 Do not be furious, O Lord, Nor remember iniquity forever; Indeed, please look—we all are Your people!

LET THE WORLD SEE YOUR VALUE.

The greatest tragedy is a life without purpose - time has no meaning.
The greatest tragedy is a life without purpose - time has no meaning.
Antique road show
Antique road show
God has given everyone of us a clear purpose - something that adds great value - being a meaningful part of community.
God has given everyone of us a clear purpose - something that adds great value - being a meaningful part of community.
“We’re here for you” = “I’m here for you” = a true masterpiece a tapestry of meaningful relationships.
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