Written in Red - Week 1
Ultimate Purpose for All Christians
Matthew 28:18-20 (NIV)
18 Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 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, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
Acts 1:8 (NIV)
8 But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”
Witness: one who experienced an event or occurrence first hand
Make Disciples: How to have the same experience
1.) Tell someone about the experience you had with me.
2.) Teach them how to have the same experience.
Same Message—Different Method
Ephesians 2:10 (NKJV)
10 For we are His workmanship (original piece of art), created (purposely crafted) in Christ Jesus for good (gifted) works (assignment), which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.
God created each of us as an original piece of art, purposely crafted, shaped, formed, and uniquely gifted by God for a specific assignment.
Who you are
Romans 12:4-6 (NKJV)
4 For as we have many members in one body, but all the members do not have the same function, 5 so we, being many, are one body in Christ, and individually members of one another. 6 Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, let us use them:
1 Peter 4:10 (TLB)
God has given each of you a gift, a special ability; be sure to use it to help each other, passing on to others God’s love.
For the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable (it’s who you are).
Irrevocable: not affected by change of mind.
Unique Gifting Personal Purpose Kingdom Purpose
Using your unique gifting to fulfill your personal purpose accomplishes the Kingdom purpose.
Unique Gifting + Personal Purpose = Kingdom Purpose
Using what we are good at to carry the message is being a witness.
Ephesians 3:10-11 (NIV)
10 His intent was that now, through the church (the entire Body of Christ), the manifold wisdom of God (through the individual parts) should be made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly realms…
Manifold: "many diverse manifestations" – multitudinous expressions and facets.
Matthew 5:14-16 (NKJV)
“You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden.15 Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. 16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.
When your gift shines, it makes an impact like nothing else.