What is Your Personal Mission Statement?

delivered February 25th, 2018 by Jen Arter

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Sermon Notes

  • Key Scripture: 1 Corinthians 15:58
  • Jesus got clarity in wilderness. He got a clear, focused mission to proclaim, teach, & demonstrate that the Kingdom of God was breaking through.
  • A mission statement provides focus to our lives.
  • The mission statement from this scripture has 4 parts.
    • 1) Stand firm.
      • Matthew 7:24-27 says:
      • You’re the salt of earth and the light of the world
      • Don’t murder. Don’t commit adultery in your heart or mind (or in reality). Keep your word to others. Don’t seek revenge.
      • Love your neighbor as yourself.
      • Give to the needy.
      • Pray without ceasing
      • Don’t build riches here on earth.
      • Don’t worry.
      • Don’t judge.
      • Ask God to meet all your needs
      • Watch out for false prophets.
    • 2) Let nothing move you.
      • We get distracted by personal/financial issues, crises, good fortune, jobs and school
      • Jeremiah 17:8
      • Susanna Wesley was born in 1669, 25th of 25 children into a pastor’s family. She knew more about theology than most pastors of that day (women didn’t read at that time)
      • She married Sam Wesley. They had 18 kids; only 10 of which lived. She raised the kids and home-schooled all of them. The kids learned 6 hours a day, sang & read Bible verses.
      • She would sit in the living room with her apron over her head for quiet time with God.
      • They were always in debt and always hungry. Their house burned to the ground twice and her husband left twice, but she stayed focused on God
      • Had it not been for her letting nothing move her, then John Wesley may have never been born to become the founder of the UMC.
    • 3) Always give yourself fully to work of God.
      • Jesus is the only way. We can’t earn it.
      • John 14:6
      • If we can’t earn it why bother?
      • Ephesians 2:10
      • Are we all called to be missionaries? Yes. We’re called to be missionaries in our homes, schools, workplaces, communities and churches
      • Jim Cymbala: Brooklyn Tabernacle 1971 was < 20 people. The church didn’t grow, but they kept seeking God in prayer. God began to move during Wednesday their prayer service.
      • Today, the church has more than 10,000 members and and they still have their Wednesday prayer.
      • See Cymbala’s book, Fresh Wind, Fresh Fire (ISBN: 0-310-29575-0)  
    • 4) The Promise.
      • Our labor is not in vain
      • Isaiah 55:11
      • Not everyone knows the love of God
      • What is the most important thing for the people of God to hear?
      • John 3:16