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A VISION FOR THE FUTURE
SESSION 6: THE CALL TO LOOK OUTWARD

Recap: Last week we addressed the call to look inward by examining the spiritual growth of the individual soul as well as tending to the spiritual growth of the parish at large. Today we will look at the call to go out into the world, faithfully proclaiming the Gospel message.

That Christians are called to look outside of the church is an assumption readily made by various denominations and churches of widely differing theological convictions. Churches typically agree that they should look out to the world. Where they differ is in response to these two questions:

1. Why should we look outward?
2. How should we look outward? (more…)

A VISION FOR THE FUTURE
SESSION 4: QUALITIES AND COMMITMENTS OF A LEADER

Recap: Last week we said that the function of leadership in the church is to know where God wants his people to be and to rely on God’s power and use his methods to get them there. We said that he uses leaders to (1) bring people into relationship with him (2) by helping them expose sin in their lives and (3) bringing that sin to the cross where individuals can be transformed. Today we will discuss the unique qualities and commitments of the type of people who are able to do that.

 If you are interested in the subject of Christian leadership as it is executed in the church one of the best resources in the scriptures are 1 & 2 Timothy, Titus, as well as 1 Peter. Today we will be skimming through 1 & 2 Timothy, mining it for qualities and commitments in leaders that God values for the church. My hope is that today we may learn how to respond to leadership. My other aim is that we will learn what qualities and commitments must be present in our own lives in order to lead others. (more…)

A VISION FOR THE FUTURE
SESSION 3: LEADERSHIP: FRAMING A CHURCH


Recap: In our first week together we discussed how the foundation of the church is the Word of God. In our second week together we discussed how the Word of God points directly towards God’s saving action on Golgotha. Today we will be discussing what God uses to build a church once a firm foundation of the Gospel has been laid in a community of believers.

After a foundation has been laid, the process of framing begins. The frame is what will eventually give the house its shape, style and beauty. In the church, the leadership is the frame. Built on the foundation of the Gospel, gathering its strength from the Gospel and being bound by it, the leadership shapes, styles, and beautifies the church into a group of people who reflect the glory of God. (more…)

A VISION FOR THE FUTURE

SESSION 2:  WHAT ARE THE RAW MATERIALS OF THE MESSAGE?

 

Recap:  Last week we discussed that the foundation of the Church is the word inspired by God, written by the prophets and the apostles contained in the Scriptures.  We also said that this foundation was the essential and authoritative commentary on the life of Jesus.  The Old Testament looks forward to the coming of Jesus.  The New Testament looks back to Jesus to unfold the meaning and significance of his life.  The church’s knowledge and understanding of Jeus shapes its common life together.   

If the church’s knowledge and understanding of Jesus shapes its common life together, it is important that we know what the Scriptures actually have to say about Jesus.  Who is he?  Where did he come from?  What did he come for?  What did he accomplish? (more…)

Preached April 6, 2008 by Rob Sturdy

Our sermon series on the mission statement of the Church continues with “What is the Gospel?”  It is of obvious importance, as the mission statement is “To inspire all people, through the Power of the Gospel, to become living members of the body of Christ.”  We seek to inspire people through something quite specific, that is the “power of the Gospel,” but what is the Gospel? (more…)

SESSION 1:  WHAT ARE THE RAW MATERIALS OF THE CHURCH? (more…)

EIGHT WEEKS SHAPING THE FUTURE OF TRINITY CHURCH

7:15, Thursdays in Gravely Hall

 

Join us over the course of the next eight weeks, to be formed by God’s word and gain a vision for His church.  The course will be led by Robert Sturdy with small group discussion led by nominated facilitators.  Six weeks will focus on God’s desire for His church and the final two weeks will apply this to our unique situation here at Trinity.  The purpose is to shape our future according to God’s word and form a vision to work towards over the next 5, 10, 15 and even 20 years. 

 

WEEK 1 (Sept 4):         What are the raw materials of a church?

WEEK 2 (Sept 11):       What are the raw materials of the message?

WEEK 3 (Sept 25):      Leadership:  Framing a church

WEEK 4 (Oct 2):          Qualities and Commitments of a leader

WEEK 5 (Oct 9):          The call to look inward

WEEK 6 (Oct 16):        The call to look outward

WEEK 7 (Oct. 23):       Moving Forward Part I: What are our essentials?

WEEK 8 (Oct. 30):       Moving Forward Part II: What does Trinity look like in 5, 10, 15 years?

 

Suggested Reading:

Thabiti Anyabwile:  What is a Healthy Church Member?

Mark Dever:  Nine Marks of a Healthy Church

C.J. Mahaney:  The Cross Centered Life