A Gospel-Centered Life…

Read below for detailed notes on Pastor Angel’s comments from the COMPASS Session on January 16th:

Mission/Vision of First Alliance Church –

First Alliance Church (Manhattan, NY) exists to demonstrate the love and compassion of Jesus Christ through the visible and tangible ways we live our lives in the communities of New York City.

In other words, as a Church (a body of believers committed to one another and to a common cause), we are called to live our lives in the world God has placed us in, but in such a way (visible and tangible) that the individuals around us can experience the life of Christ (His love and compassion).

Strategy / Structure / Steps to accomplish our mission

Strategy to be an active “follower of Christ” (a.k.a – disciple/born-again believer/Christian); to be “Gospel-centered” (a life of repentance and faith);

In other words, living in the freedom of grace (unmerited love, favor, acceptance and forgiveness);

16 For I am not ashamed of this Good News about Christ. It is the power of God at work, saving everyone who believes—the Jew first and also the Gentile. 17 This Good News tells us how God makes us right in His sight. This is accomplished from start to finish by faith. As the Scriptures say, “It is through faith that a righteous person has life.” Romans 1:16-17 (NLT)

Study the following verses: Ephesians 2:8-10 / Philippians 2:11-12 / Galatians 2:20

Structure commitment to “being” the Church versus “attending” Church; we already have…

  • Pastor in place;
  • Other believers are in place and connected to each other;
  • Mission field, or place for ministry, is all around us;

The “heart” of this type of structure is in the approach, or paradigm, in how you “do” church; from inward-focus to outward-focus; from investing in what we need to investing in what those outside the Church need; from attractional (come and see what we have to offer) to incarnational (let’s go out and enter their world so they can see our “light”);

Study the following verses: Matthew 5:13-16 / John 17:13-21 / Philippians 2:12-15

Steps – there are multiple ways of how to implement the strategy and structure mentioned above, but there is only one model to be followed – the “Jesus way”

  1. Embrace the “Jesus way” of ministry
    1. Mark 1:15 – Jesus went out proclaiming the Good news of God’s Kingdom;
      1. i.     The “Kingdom of God” is here and now;
      2. ii.     You must repent (turn away) of your own way (sin);
        1. iii.     You must believe (faith/trust in) the Gospel (Good News of salvation);
  2. Mark 1:16-19 – Jesus called others to follow Him and learn how to win other men and women to God’s kingdom;
  3. Beginnings or foundations of the “Jesus way” (never forget how it all began)
    1. The baptism of Jesus (Luke 3:21-22 / Matthew 3:16-17) – “…And a voice from heaven said, “You are My dearly loved Son, and You bring Me great joy…”
    2. Jesus’ life at the age of 12 (Luke 2:52) – “…Jesus grew in wisdom and in stature and in favor with God and all the people…”
    3. Never forget who the real Teacher is (Matthew 11:28-29)

Study the following verses: I Samuel 2:18-21, 26 and 3:1-10, 19 / Luke 3:15-18, 7:24-30 – think about the life of these servants of God even before they engaged in ministry/ what kind of life did they live?

Conclusion:

As we prepare to embark the next steps for First Alliance Church in 2011, what would it take for you to fully embrace where God is leading First Alliance Church?  What is holding you back from embracing where God is leading First Alliance Church?


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