The Four Tenets Of Our Mission Statement

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Today we continue to look at the four tenets of our mission statement. We Love God, Connect to the body, serve with your gifts and engage the lost. (Love, connect, serve, engage). We do not want to use these tenets as mere words; we want to live them out in our daily lives. Last week we looked at what it means to love God. We said we must love God supremely. This is our vertical relationship. We love God with our total being, we put Him first, we desire Him and we obey Him. Loving God also requires a horizontal relationship. This relationship requires us to love our neighbors genuinely. We must love our neighbors unconditionally, spiritually and as ourselves. Today we continue in our mini-series as we look at what it means to connect to…show more content…
(Romans, 1 Corinthians, Ephesians and Colossians.) However, the image of “the body of Christ” is used differently in Romans and 1 Corinthians than it is in Ephesians and Colossians. Paul used the image of the body of Christ in Ephesians and Colossians to refer to the universal church with Christ as the head. In Romans and 1 Corinthians, He uses the image of the body of Christ to refer to the local church and to highlight the relationship expected among one another. The image of the body of Christ in Romans 12,4-5 show us what it means to connect to the body. 1. Connecting promotes spiritual unity (Romans 12:4a). Paul highlights the fact that the human body is a unit even though it has many parts. All the parts of the body unite to accomplish the work of the body. The members of BCC make up the church. Without the members this is just a building. How can we achieve unity in the church? The key to pursuing unity in the body comes from an understanding of God’s mercies towards us as sinners v.1a, “Therefore, I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God.” When we understand God’s mercies as outlined in chapter’s 1-11 of Romans, we offer our lives daily as living sacrifices to God v.1b. As we offer our lives daily as living sacrifices to God, our minds are renewed v.2 and as our minds are renewed, we live in humility v.3 Paul says we should not think of ourselves more highly than we ought to think; but to think so as to have sound judgment, as God has allotted to
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