What are your Missional Priorities? What Shapes Our Life Together?
How do you balancing competing claims… How do you decide between competing good choices? This isn’t a question of good vs evil. It’s a question of which good? What’s the greater good? Or often simply, “What’s the good I’m called to do?” What is mine and no one else’s? Based on who I am and how God and experience have shaped me, and the needs and passions of the world around me, how will I live my life?
“The ethical person knows what to do. The moral person does it.”
CTW: PS 84 sv SCRIPTURES: Philippians 2:1-18; Matthew 15:21-28 .
(+ 1 Kings 8:(1,6,10-11), 22-30, 41-43)
The Mission of Central – and finding your place in it – What Guides Our Life Together
The Mission of the Church?
As followers of Jesus Christ, God calls us into active mission in the world – individually and together. This is not for some. This is not optional. It is the meaning of Christian Discipleship. That said, there is great latitude regarding the particular WHY? HOW? and WHAT? of our mission. Drawing on who and where and among whom you are, God works creatively with you to craft and live a unique and beautiful expression of God’s divine image blessing the world.
Who will you be? What is your mission? These are daily and lifelong questions for us to ask, answer and live.
To study further visit our Central's Mission page.
Call to Worship: Isaiah 6:1-61; Romans 12:1-6a; Jeremiah 29:4-14
Who’s in charge here? -- Seasons and epochs in our lives are market by transitions in leadership. We ask who is responsible, who is in charge, and point fingers it the direction of authority. Sometimes we point toward ourselves, other times we point to someone in charge, or an individual or group who has taken action and ownership of decisions. Scripture demonstrates these transitions, different ways that people respond, and how we are called as followers and leaders. Ultimately we look to God as revealed through Jesus as our leader, and take responsibility for our own decisions and their consequences.
Call to worship: Psalm 8; Exodus 16:2-7; Ephesians 4:1-7
(+ 1 Corinthians 3)
Our attitudes, emotions, thoughts, beliefs, words and actions emerge directly from what we receive into our lives – i.e. what we consume. Garbage in = garbage out. In John 6 Jesus makes this explicit through metaphor: “Unless you eat my flesh and drink my blood you have no part of me.” Jesus is the source and measure of what nourishes us as his followers. How do we live this strange metaphor that even confused and offended his original hearers?
Call to Worship: Psalm 34:1-8; Ephesians 4:25-5:2; John 6:51-61
GOD’S ECONOMY – ABUNDANCE, NOT SCARCITY
So many people around us live with a view of scarcity. They think this life is a war over limited resources, as though more people fighting over thinner slices of a smaller pie.. The bible consistently declares that God’s economy is one of abundance and multiplication. When we faithfully and generously share what we have received, God simply increases the size of the pie.
CTW: Psalm 145:10-18;
TEXT: 2 Kings 4:42-44; Ephesians 3:14-21;
(Also: John 6:1-21)