What’s your name? Where were you born? Think of one word that would describe what brought you to JesusChurch. Share that word and a sentence or two explanation.
To Help Others Find and Follow Jesus.
Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age” (Matthew 28:18-20 NIV).
To Help Others FIND Jesus
Our mission is to introduce people to Jesus - Who He is and what He has done and is doing.
What would stop you right now from doing just that – from saying out loud that Jesus is your Lord and believing that God raised Him from the dead having died for your sins?
Think of one word that would describe what brought or is bringing you to Jesus. Share that word and a sentence or two explanation.
To Help Others FOLLOW Jesus
Once people have found Jesus (or have been found by Jesus), our goal is to help them follow in His footsteps. John says, Whoever claims to live in him must walk as Jesus walked (1 John 2:6). As followers of Jesus (aka disciples or students or apprentices or interns of Jesus) we are called not just to believe in Jesus, but to live our lives as if He were in our shoes?
Alan Hirsch in his book The Forgotten Ways puts it this way:
Jesus' strategy is to get a whole lot of little versions of him infiltrating every nook and cranny of society by reproducing himself in and through his people in every place throughout the world. In short, his aim is to fill the world with lots of "little Jesuses”.
What do you think of Jesus’ strategy of filling the world with “little Jesuses”?
The way we hope to help people find and follow Jesus is by Living a Questionable Life.
Jesus lived a questionable life. People were constantly scratching their heads around Jesus asking, “What makes this guy tick?” He touched lepers, talked to foreigners, welcomed children, hung out with sinners, washed dirty feet and even forgave those who were crucifying Him. Ultimately, Jesus died on the cross bearing our sin so that we could have true life. Jesus was definitely different! And His difference made a difference. He brought God’s life and light into a dark and dead world.
Jesus now calls us to join Him in that mission and live a questionable life too. He said, As the Father sent me, so I am sending you (John 20:21 NLT).
The goal in all of this is for you to live in such a way that your life creates curiosity for Christ and gets people asking “What makes (insert your name) tick?” And the answer? “It’s Jesus! He’s my Savior and Lord and I’m His follower. So I’m trying to live like Him.”
This is exactly how Peter and Paul call us to live:
You must worship Christ as Lord of your life. And if someone asks about your hope as a believer, always be ready to explain it. But do this in a gentle and respectful way. (1 Peter 3:15-16 NLT).
Live wisely among those who are not believers, and make the most of every opportunity. Let your conversation be gracious and attractive so that you will have the right response for everyone. (Colossians 4:5-6 NLT).
Here’s a simple prayer to help you Live a Questionable Life:
Try praying this throughout your day, pausing a moment and acting on the thoughts and nudges you receive. You will find yourself living a questionable life and people may ask you why you do what you do. Whatever you do don’t wimp out and say, “I thought it would something nice to do.” Say, “I thought it would be something Jesus would do.” That ought to create more curiosity.
Reflection: What kind of character did Jesus display? What kind of things did Jesus do? What kind of things did Jesus say? Why is the order of BE, DO and SAY important?
Challenge: Install the Soul Revolution App and take the 60:60 Challenge. Every 60 minutes for 60 days you will get an alert and notification. (Make sure you allow notifications when installing the app.) The notification will have a Bible passage and either a prayer or activity suggestion. Read the passage, pray the prayer or do the activity AND pray …
Jesus, what would you have me BE, DO or SAY right now?
Reflection: Why do we focus on Jesus? How did we come up with the name JesusChurch?
JesusChurch is affiliated with the VineyardUSA. The Vineyard has 600 churches in the US and over 2,400 churches worldwide in 90 countries. The Vineyard’s priorities include church planting, compassionate outreach, experiencing God, the unity of Christ’s church and living out the Kingdom of God.
Here are some sayings from the Vineyard that will give you a sense of our family’s values.
Everybody gets to play
The main and the plain
When do we get to do the stuff?
The already and not yet of the Kingdom
Faith is spelled R-I-S-K
Oh God! Oh God! Oh God!
Remember the poor
Do small things with great love
Come, Holy Spirit
To hear is to obey
Since you can’t do anything on your own, how much help do you want?
The church isn’t just the gathering; it’s also the scattering
We can’t just be biblically literate; we must be biblically obedient
Video: The Vineyard’s Distinctives by Eleanor Mumford (From the Vineyard Global Conference in 2015)
Reflection: What struck you from Eleanor’s video?
At JesusChurch we have open membership. You decide if you want to be an Active Participant or not. Having said that though, an Active Participant participates actively. Here’s what we mean by that.
An Active Participant:
Comes (Sundays for worship) - Come early!
Grows (Devotions - Try YouVersion app’s Essential 100 reading plan)
Connects (Join a group - small, support, men’s, women’s or youth)
Goes on outreaches
Prays for the church (people, leadership and ministry)
Tithes (Read Mature Giving and take the 3 Month Tithing Challenge)
Represents - Live a Questionable Life and MissionTampaBay.com
Here at JesusChurch we like to say “Everyone gets to play.” We want to help everyone get in the game and find a volunteer position. But we don’t want square pegs in round holes. We want to get the right people in the right positions for the right reasons. (Although, sometimes we are just happy to fill volunteer positions and are grateful for those who are willing to do so.)
As we have already mentioned, JesusChurch has open membership. Once again, you decide if you want to be an Active Participant or not. However, when it comes to volunteers and leaders, we train, support and evaluate. Here is what is required to volunteer …
VOLUNTEERING AT JESUSCHURCH
Everyone gets to play. Open to all.
Welcome Team, Set-Up Team, Sound Team, Projection Team, Worship Team, Children’s Team (Helpers under 18), etc.
Discover JesusChurch required. No background check required. For minors helping with childcare an application with references is required. Ministry specific training and orientation provided.
Children’s Team (Workers over 18), Security Team, Youth Team, Outreaches Involving Childcare, etc.
Discover JesusChurch, application and background check with references required. Ministry specific training and orientation provided.
Staff, Small Group Leaders, Board, Team Leaders, etc.
Discover JesusChurch, Discover Discipleship, application, background check with references and personal interview required. Ministry specific training and orientation provided.
Exercise: Fill out Find Your Fit. What are you volunteering for? Why that?
Take-Home: Volunteer Opportunities Outside of JesusChurch
If you’re ready to be baptized, talk to Pastor Karl.
If you’re ready to become an Active Participant at JesusChurch, let Pastor Karl know.
If you previously participated in another church, is there someone there that you need to talk to so you can make a clean start here at JesusChurch? How can we help you with this transition?
Volunteer for a ministry.
Install the Church App - Search for Church App - Tithe.ly (JesusChurch).
Read Mature Giving and begin or continue to tithe.
Take Discover Discipleship.
Take Discover the Kingdom - The Storyline of the Kingdom from Genesis to Revelation.
Check out MissionTampaBay.com and consider starting a Dare2Share Team.