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Week 1 Back to The Basics

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Pastoral Welcome

Call to Worship

Jesus we worship you,
And sometimes we doubt.
Yet we know all authority is yours.
So you call us to go:
to all nations,
to make disciples,
to continue your mission.
You call us to announce your Kingdom:
to heal the sick,
to raise the dead,
to cast out demons.
You call us to baptise in your name:
you are Father,
you are Son,
you are Holy Spirit.
We will follow, we will obey and teach all you have commanded

Pastoral Prayer

Almighty God: from the beginning to the end you have chosen       to love us,      to redeem us,      to shape us as your people. Though you were strong you became weak      so you could confront      to come face to face with our sin and our death Spirit of God, resting upon us: may your power enflame us      with your unity; may your peace touch us       with your grace; may your grace fill us       with your hope; may your hope lead us into your Kingdom.
Lord in your mercy. Hear Our Prayer.
Lord pour your spirit out of to the leaders in our lives. To the mentors, guides, counselors and church leaders in our own life. Pour out your spirit on the leaders of our denomination, of our state, and of our national government structures. God may they be led by a spirit of compassion and grace.
Lord in your mercy. Hear Our Prayer.
God, we pray for ourselves—members of Your Body here on earth.
Break down the barriers that divide us from one another.
Unite us in our common allegiance to You as Lord and Saviour.
Grant us compassion and humility in our relationships.
Release the gifts You have given to each one,
so that in us and through us,
Your kingdom might come and Your will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
We offer in this moment of silence all of those things to your care.
Lord in your mercy: Hear our prayer
Lord God we pray for our own habits.
We pray for the paths that you are forming in us
We lift up to you the communities that shape us
For the spaces that encourage us
In the midst of all of these things Lord God we seek your path and your way
Help us to find you, guide our steps and our paths for your kingdoms sake.
Lord in your mercy. Hear Our Prayer.
As we seek to be a confessing and repenting church
We confess before you this morning:
We have been unworthy servants.
We have misused and abused the creation.
We have wounded one another by divisions everywhere.
We have often failed to take decisive action
against environmental destruction, poverty, racism,
caste-ism, war and genocide.
We are not only victims but also perpetrators of violence.
In all this, we have fallen short as disciples of Jesus Christ
who in his incarnation came to save us and teach us how to love.
Forgive us, God, and teach us to forgive one another.
Lord in your mercy. Hear Our Prayer.
Oh God some prayers we don’t know how speak out loud yet, or we don’t know the right words that we would use if we tried. So instead of more word we offer you our silence. In this moment of silence we offer ourselves to you....
Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us, and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom and the power, and the glory, forever and ever.

Announcements/Celebration/Intro to Offering

Announcements - Sermon series small group immediately afterwards in the basement
Celebration Malawi Africa
Student wanted to be a teacher participants of the trip covered his fees
This whole thing is really built on relationships
Madisi - the borehole is used 24 hours a day
Respond - Offering - going on an adventure
Members of our church are going to share their testimonies as well through devotionals


Back to the Basics Description


The mission of the church remains the same, but the realities around us change
The mission answers the “why” we do what we do not the “how” we do what we do

John Wesley and the Early Church movement

The world is my Parrish - John Wesley
John Wesley found himself dissatisfied with the institution of the church not because it didn’t do worship well, but because it did not lead to life change.
Let’s back up even farther to find out what the church really is about.


Matthew 28:16–20 NRSV
16 Now the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had directed them. 17 When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted. 18 And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”

Discipleship is about knowing and doing the will of god

the authority of Christ continues through the work of the disciples
Mission of God is different than the mission of the church
God’s mission will still be here long after you and I are no longer roaming the earth
The mission will continue until the end of the age - meaning that we will never get to a point o
Discipleship involves knowing but also doing the will of God
If there was a fire in this building and I pointed at you and said your name and I said go get a fire extinguisher.
And you came back 5 minutes later and said hey I did some study on what you said. I learned all about the history of fire extinguishers. I had a fire extinguisher study where some friends at the church and I got together and we learned about fire extinguishers, isn’t that great.

We are called to be disciples and to make disciples

Unclear Greek
Be disciples
make disciples
to disciple
It is like in Math class where you one of the best ways to learn something is to teach someone else
This is about life-change
John Wesley wasn’t dissatisfied with worship quality, in fact he actually encouraged his follower to continue to worship in the Anglican church
John Wesley was dissatisfied with the amount of life-change that he saw in the church
This is the solution to people who are burnt out on religion but still love Jesus
Our mission is for the people that might be skeptical about the church, or who have maybe even been harmed by the church in the past
• They worshiped – doubted
◦ They are monotheistic Jewish
◦ Having it all figured out isn’t a command
first step – tell people what you know
These disciples are not the brightest crayons in the box
They are not eloquent speakers
They are fisherman probably uneducated and ordinary by every sense of the word
We don’t make disciples because are put together or we have the right answers
We never would be able to
The church is only able to make disciples by telling our stories
By being real and authentic
By sharing honestly about our struggles and our joys

The mission of God is to know, follow, and share Jesus

some doubted - the greek implies hesitation rather than unbelief
Some doubted that this would be possible
• Perhaps there is a play here on New Years Resolutions as well – not to make a traditional resolution
◦ Therefore be it resolved the church is about making disciples of Jesus
Our mission is not to gather many people
Our mission is not to do worship well
Our mission is not to have the largest numbers
Do not be afraid
For Christ is with you as you do that


As Jesus stood on mountain and told his disciples to go fourth. To Go. To go far and wide to the end of the earth to make disciples. So I tell you as you prepare to leave to go from this place to make disciples. But Christ also said to know that he will be with you. So go, knowing that the pressence of God goes with you, that the peace of God surrounds you so go in peace to love and to serve.
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