Series: Core Values
title: five: contribution
date: October 22, 2017
teacher: Jacob Bender
Verses: Romans 12:3-13, 1 Peter 2:2-3, Matthew 8:5-13
WHO YOU ARE…
THE PERSON THAT YOU ARE…
your gifting, whatever it may be… is needed, here.
There is room for you, here.
Pastor Tommy Barnett always says: “The Miracle is in the house” - as in, everything that is needed to move the church forward… it is sitting right here… it is part of our body… the question is, can that miracle step into the right role, and play the part they were created to play, in moving God’s church forward?
One of the things that many of the “Greek wise men” in those days would say, as sort of a “commandment for life,” was:
People must be aware of what they are capable of, and WHAT DRIVES THEM…
whenever I see something IN someone, I TRY and call it out…
but if we are always waiting for someone else to call out our gifts, we may live our whole lives and never use them.
Use your gift.
contribute to the body.
Character means that We live publicly like we do in private. We write the Word of God on our hearts, practice generosity, and prioritize integrity.
Commission means that we are a sending church. We honor the past, while we work for the future. And we always believe that everyone’s brightest days are ahead of them.
connection is living a life of constant community with God.
He is our supplier, who is as close to us as the air that we breathe.
conversation means that we bind and we loose together, we learn together, we serve together, and we grow together.
We welcome each other’s perspectives, and we depend on each other’s accountability.
collaboration is all of us working together to create something better than any of us could create on our own.
Contribution understands that everybody has a role, and there is room for us here. We know that the gifts we are given matter to the body of Christ, and we so seek to discover where we each fit.
We honor the contributions of others, knowing that God perfectly crafted each one of us, and only together are we truly the church.
Compassion sees the world through the eyes of others, and it is stirred to action by what it sees. It can not sit by while injustice is done around it.
communion is a common union of broken people, who are made whole by the body and blood of Jesus Christ. We are united by our differences, and there is a seat for everyone at the table.