How to become a Reaching, Building and Sending Church — sermon series

Drawing of a church reader board with the words "Reaching, Building, Sending church

MT. OLIVE MISSION STATEMENT:

To develop devoted disciples by reaching, building and sending.

The 12 teaching messages in this series by Pastor Ken Williamson encourage and instruct our congregation (presented from August through November, 2015) about many Biblical things we need to know and do in order to succeed in fully implementing the powerful declaration (that we repeat in some form at almost every regular worship service) from our Mount Olive Lutheran Church’s Mission Statement.

How to become a Reaching, Building and Sending Church

“A Love, a Faith, a Hope that will change the world”

—Introduction, part 1

The words "Faith, Hope, Love" with a cross for the "t" in Faith, an anchor for the "H" in Hope, and a heart for the "o" in Love.


Jesus’ Prayer for the ChurchChrist with a crown of thorns on his head and the cross behind him

part 2


Colored drawing of St. Paul holding a book.

Paul’s Expectation of a Reaching, Building, and Sending Church

part 3


Faith: The influential Value of a Reaching, Building and Sending Church Just the word "faith" and simple design

part 4


A line drawing in blue of a dove and the word "Hope"

Hope:The Motivating Value of a Reaching, Building and Sending Church

part 5

Love: The All Important Value of a Reaching, Building and Sending Church

part 6

The word "Love" in red with a cross design above it.

Four Essential Experiences of a Reaching, Building, and Sending Church

part 7


A black and white butterfly with the words "The Word of God"

Learning and Growing with the Word of God

part 8


Learning to Grow in Love with Each Other

part 9The word "Love" on a vibrant colored red and purple background


Reaching out to Non-Christians

part 10

Drawing of six hands reaching up.


Antioch, an example of a Reaching, Building, and Sending Church

part 11

Acts 11:19-30; 13:1-3

Photo of church built over a cave in Antioch, the first Christian church.
This photo of St Pierre Kilisesi is courtesy of TripAdvisor

More about Antioch from Wikipedia:

According to Acts 11:19-26, the Christian community at Antioch began when Christians who were scattered from Jerusalem because of persecution fled to Antioch. They were joined by Christians from Cyprus and Cyrene who migrated to Antioch. It was in Antioch that the followers of Jesus were first referred to as Christians.

A main point of interest, however, is connected with the progress of Christianity among the non-Jewish believers. Tradition holds that the first Gentile church was founded in Antioch, Acts 11:20-21, where it is recorded that the disciples of Jesus Christ were first called Christians Acts 11:19-26. It was from Antioch that St. Paul started on his missionary journeys.[1] 


Logo: The sun rising with the words "Mt. Olive Lutheran Church"
A Mission Statement—The Usefulness of a Stated Purpose

part 12, completing the series on implementing Mt. Olive Lutheran Church’s mission statement.

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