Sunday, February 23, 2014

I've Got You Covered! (Expounding on E-Cubed Vision Day Goals)

ENGULFING: (Surrounding, Covering): “I’ve Got You Covered: The End To Privatized Faith.

➢Madison Magazine Cover Photo

  • Life Groups*
    • Fellowship/shared life
    • Prayer and study

  • Fun & Fellowship
    • Family Fun Night*
    • Annual Picnic/Affinity Groups
    • Sunday Mobile Cafés

Godly service requires such a vivid understanding of Who God is and what God wants

True godly love------sees God and others

This true love rises above the distraction of feelings/emotions & is a constant

Engulfing: synonyms: inundate, flood, deluge, immerse, swamp, swallow up, submerge. Surrounding


Touch (Mark 1 The Leper vs. The Man With Leprosy)

(of a natural force) sweep over (something) so as to surround or cover it completely.
"the cafe was engulfed in flames"

1 Peter 4:8-10 Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins. Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling. Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms. 

  • Love is the hallmark of the church
  • God is love

  1. 1 John 4:8 Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.
  2. 1 John 4:9 This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him.
  3. 1 John 4:10 This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.
  4. 1 John 4:12 No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us.
  5. 1 John 4:16 And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them.
  6. 1 John 4:20 Whoever claims to love God yet hates a brother or sister is a liar. For whoever does not love their brother and sister, whom they have seen, cannot love God, whom they have not seen.
  7. 1 John 5:2 This is how we know that we love the children of God: by loving God and carrying out his commands.
  8. 1 John 5:3 In fact, this is love for God: to keep his commands. And his commands are not burdensome,

Love is the blood that makes us all kin!
If you can love, we can create family!
Love is the bedrock for the community we’re building
➢Love is to the kingdom what reproductivity is to society!!


Church History
At no other time in the history of Christianity did love so characterize the entire church as it did in the first three centuries. And Roman society took note. Tertullian reported that the Romans would exclaim, “See how they love one another!”
Justin Martyr sketched Christian love this way:  “...We used to hate and destroy one another and refused to associate with people of another race or country. Now, because of Christ, we live together with such people and pray for our enemies.”
When a devastating plague swept across the ancient world in the third century, Christians were the only ones who cared for the sick, which they did at the risk of contracting the plague themselves. Meanwhile, pagans were throwing infected members of their own families into the streets even before they died, in order to protect themselves from the disease.
Korean Immigrant families would attend church to meet other Koreans.
Other groups (Dearborn, MI) attend churches to learn English
History of Sunday School was to reach poor children to read

The love of the early Christians wasn't limited simply to their fellow believers. Christians also lovingly helped non-believers: the poor, the orphans, the elderly, the sick, the shipwrecked—even their persecutors. 
The Scriptures teach that a Christian shouldn't take his brother to court. Rather, he should suffer fraud at the hands of his brother, if need be. (1 Cor. 6:7) It's no wonder that Christianity spread rapidly throughout the ancient world, even though there were few organized missionary or evangelism programs. The love they practiced drew the attention of the world, just as Jesus said it would.
Questions/New Steps

What keeps you from engulfing others?
How has God resourced you for engulfing?
Pray that you’d be able to demonstrate your love God by engulfing others
This is the only true measurement of our love for God

Sunday, February 9, 2014

E-Cubed (Engaging…Engulfing…Empowering…) Vision Day Plan 2014

ENGAGING: (Pledging, Taking Part, Involving)

  • Reaching Latino neighbors with The Good News
    • Spanish Table & ESL Services
    • Sunday School for neighborhood kids
    • Bible Studies

  • Reaching unchurched youth with our sports field
    • Soccer leagues & Basketball leagues
    • Golf lessons

  • College Ministry & Community Outreach

  • Early worship services

  • Expansion of housing services

  • ETS Table and sign-up

* I need teams for each undertaking & I need leaders

ENGULFING: (Surrounding, Covering)

  • Life Groups
    • Fellowship/shared life
    • Prayer and study

  • Fun & Fellowship
    • Family Fun Night*
    • Annual Picnic/Affinity Groups
    • Sunday Mobile Cafés

  • Church Vitality Team (Rethinking church for our urban, multiethnic context)

* I need 7 more life group leaders; 5 creative strategic thinkers for CV team; and organizers for fellowship efforts.
EMPOWERING: (Investment in & Coaching and Releasing of Leaders)

  • Urban Impact Center (World Impact partnership)

  • North Park Seminary Partnership

  • Resourcing creative leaders: “You can do it, we can help!”

  • Boomerangs South/West
    • Jobs
    • Affordable shopping alternatives
    • Training
    • Scholarship
    • Youth leadership development
    • Social entrepreneurialism

  • Producing well-trained servant leaders


  • Administration (FOL has entrepreneurial genius but we are administratively challenged)
    • Receptionist and light office work i.e. graphs, charts, spreadsheets, research, organizing, etc.

  • Coordination of a Connections Team

  • Hospitality 
    • Welcome Center
    • Greeters/Ushers
    • Parking lot attendants
    • Create warmth in the atmosphere

  • Generosity
    • A response to God 
    • A response to a real need
    • An act of worship, faith and joy

Reforming the Reformers (Vision Day 2014)

Nehemiah 8:1-11

Reformation comes with commitment to understand God’s mind, God’s message, God’s mission and God’s mandates. (The Word)

➣Josiah in 2 Kings 22
➣Ezra and Nehemiah
➣1st Century Church

The Kingdom is where God’s RULE is witnessed
Universal Church is where God’s NATURE is witnessed
Unity of Believers is where God’s GRACE is witnessed
Transformed communities are where God’s POWER is witnessed

God’s purpose turns us from a:
  • Hurried Life
  • “Me” centered life
  • Powerless life
  • Purposeless life

Why were people crying as Ezra read?
  • Word put their lives: historical, spiritual, financial, national, cultural, future...into perspective!

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Next Steps: 

  1. Commit to this community
    1. Regular Attendance
    2. Involvement
    3. Generosity
    4. Pray for vision, body, leaders, community, revival
    5. Invite others

  1. Decide where you enter our formula and commit yourself to community (accountability); Study (stability) and training (ability).

  1. Commit yourself to the process of personal, corporate and societal transformation.