Part 1: Why have a vision statement at all?
How do we know New Barnet needs what we’ve said?
- Distinguish needs from wants
- Recognise we are all made in God’s image and therefore valuable to him.
Genesis 1:27, tells us “God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.”
Our greatest human need is to rediscover whose we are!
Luke 8:16, ” “No one lights a lamp and …puts it under a bed. Instead, he puts it on a stand, so that those who come in can see the light””
Part 2: What is the church?
Pictures of the church in the Bible.
1) Revelation 21, the Bride of Christ
2) 1Corinthians 12, the church is the body of Christ (with Jesus as her head)
3) 1Peter 2 – living stones.
Ephesians: God’s big plan from beginning to the end of time is to unite all of creation under his Son, Jesus Christ (Ephesians 1:10)
To participate we have to personally respond to Jesus.
Three New Testament pictures of the church.
- “For it is by grace you have been saved through faith…” (Ephesians 2:8)..so we have to…
- God unites us with all the rest of his people:
- “fellow-citizens with God’s people and members of God’s household”…” (1Cor.12)
Here’s a fourth issue: God’s amazing plan:
“[God’s] intent was that now, through the church, the manifold wisdom of God should be made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly realms” (Ephesians 3:10)
“There is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.” Galatians 3:28
“The big idea – is that the church demonstrates God’s wisdom to the Heavenly Realms by being united and acting as one.”
1) Conflict is caused when one person sins against another.
2) Conflict is caused when two people sin against each other.
3) Conflict is caused when neither person sins against the other
i) the “Assertiveness – > Dominance” scale – which is all about the extent to which people are perceived as attempting to influence the thinking and actions of others.
ii) The Responsiveness – Sociability scale – which measures the degree to which people can express feelings when relating with others.
“Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.” (Ephesians 4:2-3)
I want to know more:
- Book: Kevin de Young, Why I love the church
- Book: Steve Timmis, Tim Chester: Total Church
- MP3 download: Why I love the Church, Kevin De Young, http://sgm.edgeboss.net/download/sgm/next/2010/next2010.6-deyoung.mp3
- More online about interpersonal style,