Message Notes: DNA 01

#01 – ON MISSION

I       INTRODUCTION

A)  As we step into a new season I want to get right back to the basics and focus on our DNA – who we are called to be as a church family.

B)  We are growing, there are many great things going on but we also have a lot of work to do. We need to stay HUMBLE, HUNGRY and FOCUSED

C)  DNA is the fundamental and distinctive characteristics or qualities of someone or something. We want to take time in this season to focus on the fundamental and distinctive characteristics and qualities of TCC.

II     OUR MISSION

A)  I want to begin with a focus on our mission as a church family.

B)  What is a mission?

1)   An important assignment carried out for political, religious or commercial purposes
2)   A group of people sent on a mission
3)   An operation carried out by a military aircraft
4)   The vocation or calling of a religious organization, especially a Christian one, to go out into the world and spread its faith
5)   A strongly felt aim, ambition or calling

C)  Our Mission: To be a spiritual family where every person encounters God’s unconditional love, is established in their identity and equipped and engaged for their purpose

III   THE POWER OF LIVING ON MISSION

A)  Many people ‘receive Jesus into their hearts’ but they never ‘never receive a mission from Him’

B)  Many people ‘join a church’ but they never ‘join the mission that God has given that church’

C)  Good question to ask: Have you accepted the mission?

Mark 2:1-12 (TPT) – Several days later, Jesus returned to Capernaum, and the news quickly spread that he was back in town. 2 Soon there were so many people crowded inside the house to hear him that there was no more room, even outside the door. While Jesus was preaching the word of God, 3 four men arrived, carrying a paralyzed man. 4 But when they realized that they couldn’t even get near him because of the crowd, they went up on top of the house and tore away the roof above Jesus’ head. And when they had broken through, they lowered the paralyzed man on a stretcher right down in front of him! 5 When Jesus saw the extent of their faith, he said to the paralyzed man, “My son, your sins are now forgiven.”6 This offended some of the religious scholars who were present, and they reasoned among themselves, 7 “Who does he think he is to speak this way? This is blasphemy for sure! Only God himself can forgive sins!” 8 Jesus supernaturally perceived their thoughts and said to them, “Why are you being so skeptical? 9 Which is easier, to say to this paralyzed man, ‘Your sins are now forgiven,’ or, ‘Stand up and walk!’? 10 But to convince you that the Son of Man has been given authority to forgive sins, 11 I say to this man, ‘Stand up, pick up your stretcher, and walk home.’” 12 Immediately the man sprang to his feet in front of everyone and left for home. When the crowds witnessed this miracle, they were awestruck. They shouted praises to God and said, “We’ve never seen anything like this before!”

D)  Here are 5 key characteristics of people who have accepted the mission:

1)   Heart for People – these four men had a heart for this man and a desire to see him healed

2)   Heart to Serve – these four men were willing to inconvenience themselves to serve this man

3)   Heart for Unity – these four men were willing to work together to get this man to Jesus

4)   Heart to Persevere – these four men did not given up when they faced adversity but stuck together and found another way

5)   Heart to Give – these four men were willing to make a financial investment

E)  Practical ways to “accept the mission” at TCC: 

1)   Connexion – join a Connexion Group
2)   Serve – join the Dream Team and serve in some capacity
3)   Train – get involved in classes and training
4)   Give – tithe and give offerings
5)   Prayer – get involved in prayer. Join a Prayer Cadre.

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