When A Church Dares To DreamWritten by 9th Avenue Church of Christ on Jul 31, 2016 in - No Comments
A. A church is not a country club, where we can just “pay our dues” and get our way. A church is a living organism where each member must do his/her part for it to grow.
B. The existence of this congregation is the result of the dreams of people many years ago, and throughout the years.
C. Now, we must continue to dream for the future to be bright.
D. When a church dares to dream, many good things happen.
Body: When a Church Dares to Dream…
A. Unity Grows
1. When every member is working toward something larger than themselves, they are unified.
2. Ephesians 4:1-3 shares the unity of the spirit, and the attitudes necessary to carry that out.
B. Sacrificial Nature Grows
1. When I catch that vision, I am more willing to sacrifice to make it a reality.
2. The “dream” of our Lord was the salvation of all mankind, and He gave all to make it a reality (Philippians 2:5-8).
3. We are commanded to have that same sacrificial mindset for each other.
C. Faith in Prayer Grows
1. We must be willing to step out in faith, believing that God is powerful enough to do even more than whatever we think of! (Ephesians 3:20-21)
2. Knowing the God we serve, why would we ever cower in fear?
D. Joy Grows
1. Joy is the natural result of reaching for big dreams together.
2. Philippians 4:4-8 begins with the famous command, “Rejoice in the Lord always,” but reminds us to place our trust in the Lord.
3. Consider that those verses follow Paul’s instruction to help two women get along!
A. The dream of those who helped begin this congregation and who have continued it through the years was big, but it was not original with them.
B. Our dreams can never be bigger than those of Christ Himself!
1. Growth was pictured in the parable of the sower (Matthew 13:18-23).
2. Hell cannot defeat the plan of Christ’s church (Matthew 16:13-18).
3. The commission of Jesus is that the whole world be won to Him (Matthew 28:18-20).
C. Are you willing to follow the dreams of Christ? Are you willing to think big and look to the future with the hope of Jesus?