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Community Groups Discussion Questions: Mission & Vision 24’

Colossians 1:28-29

Ephesians 3:20-21

 




Our Vision: “To create a R.elationally E.ngaged A.uthentically L.oving Church” (R.E.A.L.)

 

Our Mission: "We are creating an authentic Christian community that effectively reaches out to unchurched people in love, acceptance and forgiveness so that they may experience the joy of salvation and a purposeful life of discipleship"

 


Discussion Questions:


Our Ecclesiology: We've decided to do church with R.E.A.L. people.  


  • What should inform the way we do church?


Our Christology: We serve the R.E.A.L. God 


  • Why is it so important to focus on the fact that it’s all about Jesus? What can tend to happen if we don’t? (Think about some of the “issues” The Apostle Paul had to deal with in many of his letter to the churches in the NT)

 

Our Missiology: R.E.A.L. people who are followers of the one true God reaching out to the real world.  


  • What does it look like for you specifically to me “On Mission” in Flathead County?

 

Our Values:

F.amily

O.utreach

R.edemption

G.roups

E.ngagement

D.iscipleship 



Isaiah 54:16-17

16 “See, it is I who created the blacksmith who fans the coals into flame and forges a weapon fit for its work. And it is I who have created the destroyer to wreak havoc; 17 no weapon forged against you will prevail, and you will refute every tongue that accuses you. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, and this is their vindication from me,” declares the Lord.



  • How are you currently doing in living out these values? How can you do better? Which value do you resonate with the most? Which do you struggle with the most? How can you intentionally live out these values? Be specific. 



Our Passion: 

Colossians 1:28-29 “We proclaim him, admonishing and teaching everyone with all wisdom so that we may present everyone perfect in Christ. To this end I labor struggling with all of his energy that so powerfully works in me!” 


  • Proclaim the Gospel boldly

  • Admonish truthfully

  • Teach Passionately

  • Present Jesus joyfully

  • Labor in His strength intensely

  • Struggle on purpose profitably



  • What about your life now as a Christian would shock the person you were before you followed Jesus? 


  • How might you declare the Supremacy of Christ by embracing inconvenience or difficulty to share Christ with others? Who are these people? How might you sacrifice to see the gospel taken to your family or neighbors? Where might you go? What might you do? 


  • In light of the goal of presenting everyone complete in Christ, why is discipleship and long term ministry of the Word so important for the church? 


  • Are there certain aspects of the gospel you are struggling to believe? (God’s love, forgiveness, acceptance, steps of obedience in reaching out, generosity or sacrificial acts of service) In light of these struggles, why is it important to hear Christ proclaimed to our own hearts and to proclaim Him to the hearts of others? 


  • What areas of your life are you struggling to trust God? How does Christ lifted up in proclamation correct your doubts and strengthen your faith?



The Message (Colossians 1:28)

  1. What is to be proclaimed (Col 1:28a)? Why?

  2. How does Paul clarify what it means to proclaim Christ (Col 1:28)? What is the difference of each term?

  3. What is the difference in teaching and “teaching with all wisdom” (1:28)?

  4. From this verse, how would you say that people are to grow in Christ?

  5. Application: People are often cautioning preachers not to offend their listeners by speaking about certain topics, speaking about judgment, or not praying in the name of Jesus. What has happened to our confidence in the supremacy of Christ and His ability to really help mankind?


The Goal (Colossians 1:28d)

  1. What is the goal of our Christian lives (1:28)?

  2. What is the task of Christian pastors and teachers (1:28)?

  3. What does it mean to be “complete in Christ” (1:28)?

  4. Application: Is this kind of change possible? How should we integrate this goal into our life purposes and spiritual disciplines?


The Effort (Colossians 1:29)

  1. How devoted was the Apostle Paul in carrying out this purpose? How do we know?

  2. What does it mean to be “striving according to His power?” Give an example of both when striving with His power and not by His power.

  3. Paul seems to have sensed God’s power wonderfully working in his life. Have you ever sensed this? Do you think this is something all of us should experience as His people? Why or why not?

  4. Application: Paul was, of course, called to preach but most of us are not called by God in the same way. How should this passion, however, touch and assist us in the tasks God has set us too?

  • Do you know of any churches that take this goal seriously?

  • How can discipleship and mentoring help us implement it? How so?

  • There is no message greater than Christ. Why do we not speak about Him more often?

  • No Higher goal than being complete in Christ. Why not make this goal clearer?

  • No greater Work to labor toward than building up Christians. Why aren’t you seriously involved?


 


The Promise (Ephesians 3:20-21) 

20 Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, 21 to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.


  • It is normal for Christians to experience God’s power and glory in their lives. Have you? Pray that God would show more of His glory through your life.

  • We might think that if Jesus was with us wherever we went that our whole life would be much better? Why? How would He impact those around you? These verses teach us that the Lord wants to live out His life through our lives because He is in fact with us always. Think of one specific place you would like to see more of Jesus’ power lived out in your life for the sake of others. Pray for this specifically.

  • We are to live for God’s praise. Discuss the major things you are doing in your life throughout the day. Ask yourself:(1) Are you doing these things for God’s glory?(2) How can you more clearly do these things for His glory?

  • Have you ever stolen God’s glory? If so, name it and confess it if you have not already.


What are R.E.A.L. tangible ways that you can begin individually and collectively as a group and church to live out the R.E.A.L. Mission and Vision of Jesus?  




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