This New Members Class will guide you to discover your redemptive purpose to live the life God created for you. In order for you to truly find your purpose in God’s Kingdom it is important that you find a local church body to connect with.
This Growth Track is made up of two steps:
Believe & Become
In step one we will learn what following Jesus is all about, discover what it means to be a member of the body of Christ.
Learn & Serve
Dive into the details of your personality, discover your gifts, and see how your design reveals your purpose in life and your best fit in ministry.
Destiny City Church Sunday Mornings 9:30 am (dates TBA)
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New Member Class
TABLE OF CONTENTS
03 Overview of the Gospel
04 What We Believe
07 Mission, Vision, Core Values & Culture of Destiny City Church
16 Believe & Become
35 Learn to Serve
59 Now What?
61 Answer Key
Overview of the The Gospel
To start, we need to be clear about the gospel itself. Simply put, the gospel is the 1 good news that though we were once dead in our sins and subject to God’s judgement, we now have new life by being born again through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ that accomplishes redemption and restoration for all who believe and all of creation.
The gospel is a story of a Father doing everything it takes to bring his family home and together.
In his life Jesus perfectly 2 fulfilled the law and accomplished all righteousness on behalf of sinners who have broken every aspect of God’s Law.
In his death Jesus atones for our sin ,3 absorbing & 4 satisfying the wrath of God, securing forgiveness for all who believe.
In his resurrection Jesus’ 5 victory over sin and death is the guarantee of our victory over the same in and through him. Jesus’ saving work not only redeems sinners, uniting them to God the Father, but also assures the future restoration of all creation.
A member of Jesus’s church believes that He Himself is…
their greatest 6 hope and 7 boast their deepest longing and 8 joy, and their most passionate 9 songand 10 message.
WHAT WE BELIEVE AT DESTINY CITY CHURCH
The Bible to be the inspired, the only infallible, authoritative Word of God that speaks with final authority concerning truth and morality.
That there is one God, eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
In the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, in His virgin birth, in His sinless life, in His miracles, in His vicarious and atoning death through His shed blood, in His bodily resurrection, in His ascension to the right hand of the Father, and in His personal return in power and glory.
That for the salvation of lost and sinful man, regeneration by the Holy Spirit is absolutely essential.
In the present ministry of the Holy Spirit by whose indwelling the Christian is enabled to live a godly life.
In the baptism of the Holy Spirit and in the exercise of spiritual gifts.
In the resurrection of both the saved and the lost; they that are saved unto the resurrection of life and they that are lost unto the resurrection of damnation.
In the spiritual unity of believers in our Lord Jesus Christ.
We also embrace and adopt the Nicene Creed of AD325, The Apostles Creed, and Chalcedon Creed of AD451.
Who is Jesus?
This is the story God is telling:
1. Creation: God created a good world (Gen. 1.31, Ps. 19.1-4).
2. Fall: Humans sinned, and our sin affected relationships with God, others, ourselves, and creation (Gen. 3:1-19, Is. 53.6, Rom. 1.21-23, Rom. 1:28-32, Gal. 5.19-21).
3. Redemption: Jesus, the Son of God, came, died for our sins, and rose from the dead making available new life through Him. (Gen. 3.15, Luke 1.31-35, John 1.1-14, John 3.16, Luke 4.18-19, Rom. 5.12-21, Matt. 28.1-10, 1 Cor. 15.20-28, 1 Tim. 2:5, Matt. 28.18).
4. Restoration: As redeemed people, we join God in His work of restoring all things (2 Cor. 5.15-17, Matt. 28.18-20, Gen. 1.28-31, Mic. 6.8, Matt. 5.9) and await Christ’s return (Rev. 22.7).
Nicene Creed (AD325):
We believe in one God,
the Father, the Almighty,
maker of heaven and earth,
of all that is, seen and unseen.
We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ,
the only Son of God,
eternally begotten of the Father,
God from God, Light from Light,
true God from true God,
begotten, not made,
of one Being with the Father.
Through him all things were made.
For us and for our salvation
he came down from heaven:
by the power of the Holy Spirit
he became incarnate from the Virgin Mary,
and was made man.
For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate;
he suffered death and was buried.
On the third day he rose again
in accordance with the Scriptures;
he ascended into heaven
and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead,
and his kingdom will have no end.
We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life,
who proceeds from the Father and the Son.
With the Father and the Son he is worshiped and glorified.
He has spoken through the Prophets.
We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church.
We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins.
We look for the resurrection of the dead,
and the life of the world to come. Amen.
Apostles Creed (AD451):
I believe in God, the Father almighty,
creator of heaven and earth.
I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord.
He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit
and born of the virgin Mary.
He suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died, and was buried.
He descended to the dead.
On the third day he rose again.
He ascended into heaven,
and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
He will come again to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the holy catholic Church,
the communion of the saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and the life everlasting. Amen.
Chalcedon Creed (AD451):
We, then, following the holy fathers, all with one consent teach men to confess one and the same Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, the same perfect in Godhead and also perfect in manhood; truly God and truly man, of a rational soul and body; coessential with the Father according to the Godhead, and consubstantial with us according to the manhood; in all things like unto us, without sin; begotten before all ages of the Father according to the Godhead, and in these latter days, for us and for our salvation, born of the Virgin Mary, the mother of God, according to the manhood; one and the same Christ, Son, Lord, Only-begotten, to be acknowledged in two natures, without confusion, without change, without division, without separation; the distinction of natures being by no means taken away by the union, but rather the property of each nature being preserved, and concurring in one person and one subsistence, not parted or divided into two persons, but one and the same Son, and only begotten, God the Word, the Lord Jesus Christ; as the prophets from the beginning have declared concerning Him, and the Lord Jesus Christ Himself has taught us, and the creed of the holy fathers has handed down to us.
The Mission, Vision, Core Values & Culture of Destiny City Church
DC Mission Statement
Helping others find and 11 fulfill their God-given destiny.
DC Vision Statement
To see all people transformed into the image of Jesus Christ.
DC Strategic Plan
To 12 equip the people of God for 13 acts of service in our culture’s areas of influence identified as government, religion, education, family, media, arts and business by providing 14 discipleshipthrough strong 15 biblical training, 16 serving like Jesus, passionate 17 worship, compassionate 18 outreach, world missions and church planting.
We at Destiny City Church adhere to these core values.
DEVOTION Jesus is the 19 center of our focus. He is our King, Savior, and Lord! We desire to connect deeply with God in 20 worship, prayer, and the21 word. We want to become more like him in our thinking, 22 attitudes, and actions. The number one priority and foundation of faith is an on-going, personal relationship with God.
Because we desire His 24 presence at all times, we long to live a life of gratitude that is holy and pleasing to our Heavenly Father as our spiritual act of worship. We also desire to passionately and demonstratively display our acts of praise and worship unto the Lord through song, music, dance, shouts of praise and lifting of hands as the Bible instructs us so. (Romans 12:1; 1 Timothy 2:8)
We value Lordship and acknowledge that Jesus Christ is King of kings and Lord of lords, therefore we believe that whole-hearted 26 submission to God’s will and His word is the starting point of the Christian faith and the foundation of all spiritual growth. So we willingly choose to love the Lord our God with all our heart, soul, mind and strength and to love our neighbors as we love our ourselves. (Colossians 2:6)
As followers of Christ, we each 27 commit to a life-long journey of 28 learning His ways, hearing His voice, and going where He leads. We desire to grow together in faith and spiritual maturity, to continually walk in the power and authority He has given us. We aim to fulfill the Great Commission, by going into all the world and making disciples of all nations.
Because God’s heart is to reach the lost, we seek to evangelize by any creative means and through the love of Jesus using our spiritual gifts and natural talents in order to touch the mountains of our culture identified as: government, church, education, family, media, arts, and business. (John 3:16, Luke 19:10)
Because we are called to make disciples, our primary focus is ministering to people, not in conducting meetings, administrating programs or building buildings. Therefore, we make an effort to hold each other accountable to God’s word and to encourage and admonish each other in the holy faith. (Matthew 28:19,20)
With our identities firmly established as sons and daughters of the King of all kings, Jesus Christ, we desire to serve not only our church but also this city and beyond. Equipped with God's gifts and divine relationships, we can demonstrate His grace, love, and transformational, reconciling power. We are ambassadors of Christ and agents of change that are affecting our world.
Because we are called to raise up spiritual leaders, we prioritize leadership training and deliberately create opportunities for potential young leadership to develop their gifts through serving. We long to use our God-given talents to make a lasting impact in our culture and lead the way in God-inspired innovation and creativity. (2 Timothy 2:2)
32 Family & 33 Relationship
Because the family is the foundation and validation for all ministry, we refuse to sacrifice our marriages and our children on the altars of success. Instead, we focus our efforts on building a strong spiritual family through covenant relationships (lasting relationships) and reject the idea of disposable relationships. We choose to make every effort to walk in lifelong covenant, love, respect and unity. (Psalm 127:1,3 Ephesians 4:3)
We desire as a church to develop & maintain the following culture…
GOD is 34 Good
Jesus reveals the love and priorities of the Father in His ministry and sacrifice – He is perfect theology. (Acts 17:28)
The enemy comes to steal, kill and destroy, but Jesus comes to destroy demonic works and give us abundant life (John 10:10; 1 John 3:8)
God describes Himself as gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and abounding in love. God is good and, by nature, in a good mood. God is good regardless of our circumstances. (Romans 2:4; Psalm 145:9)
God is generous. As we remember and re-tell what He has done in testimonies, He’s able and eager to do it again. (Psalm 9:1)
We are so grateful for all that our Heavenly Father has done, is doing, and will do!
We are first of all grateful for salvation by grace through faith in Jesus Christ the Son of God and the empowerment He has given us through His Holy Spirit.
We choose to count our blessings and to continually keep praise on our lips, choosing to recount God’s favor and refusing to murmur or complain.
We know that our attitude of gratitude will ultimately affect our latitude in life and it lays the ground work for a successful life in Jesus Christ.
We know that we have everything that we ask of Him and if we’re not sure how to ask we can pray in the Holy Spirit and from a place of thanksgiving. (1 John 5:14; Romans 8:26)
We confess that we are, “Blessed with the best, not stressed and highly favored!”
A Culture of Relationship Based on 36 Love
We are a people of covenant relationships and we believe ministry is "all about relationships.” (1 Corinthians 12:26-27)
We will always strive to value, honor, and deal with each other out of love and we acknowledge that sometimes love is hard and covenant relationships are messy.
Jesus said, “Love your neighbors as you love yourself.” It is very important to love yourself, receive God’s love, and receive each other’s love. (Luke 10:27)
Strive to keep love at the center of all that you are and all that you do.
Empowering vs 37 Controlling Culture
We strive to have a very empowering culture and work hard not to have a controlling culture. This means that as a church we look to call out destiny in each other. We strive to empower you to reach your full potential in Christ as a means to motivate each other towards our God-given destiny; and refuse to use fear, guilt, or shame to manipulate each another.
An empowering culture has honor and respect as its core value and a controlling culture means you are motivated externally by the fear of others.
Understand that correction is not rejection! So be teachable if you wish to develop.
You will never reach your full potential until you take 39 responsibility for your own personal growth in Christ. (Philippians 2:12)
We can help solve your problems with you, but not for you and we will never work harder to solve your problems than you do.
We believe in discipleship and holding each other accountable in the body of Christ.
Do not expect anyone to provide accountability beyond your willingness to present yourself accountable. (2 Timothy 2:24-25)
Faith is spelled “R-I-S-K”.
If you want to grow, you must take a risk.
If you do not fail once in a while, you are not taking enough risks (obviously we are not talking about moral or character failures). (Hebrews 11:6)
Life flows from honor so let us strive to Honor God first and others as ourselves. (Rom 12:10)
There are levels of honor in the Kingdom of God. Take the low position first and serve and submit your way into leadership.
Always deal with God, your leaders, yourself and each other with honor and respect.
43 Confrontation & 44 Forgivness
When you find yourself in a situation where you need to confront a brother or sister in Christ, go to them directly and let them know of your offense. Do so in love and be quick to forgive even as Christ Jesus has forgiven you. (Mat 18:15, Ephesians 4:32)
Be quick to settle disputes and do everything in your ability to maintain peace and unity at all times. (Colossians 3:13)
Do not take the 'Bait of Satan’ (offense) and avoid offense with everything that lies within you. (Ephesians 4:3)
44 Supernatural Power
You are in a culture that expects the supernatural to happen often as God has endued you (the believer) with His supernatural power to perform miracles. (Luke 24:49)
You will find yourself in situations where if God doesn’t do a miracle it will not work out right. Do not lose heart, these are the times to press in and pray and believe.
We strongly encourage and even expect DC members to walk in the supernatural power of God and to lay hands on the sick, the bound, the broken, and await God to do the impossible.
We know that our God is bigger than our problems. Let us learn to speak to our problems about the grandness of our God rather than speaking to our God about severity of our problems. (Mark 11:23)
A Life of 45 Ministry
The day you decided to follow Jesus is the day you entered the ministry, making your home a Ministry Center where your family, friends, and neighbors may receive salvation, deliverance, healing, and experience a lifestyle of worship unto God.
Sunday is the day we earnestly come together to celebrate what God has done throughout the week. (Acts 2:46)
Jesus Christ is the Anointing and The Spirit of Jesus Christ is in us (the believer). Therefore we are anointed and sent to do the work that Jesus has sent us to do. The same authority (all authority) that Jesus has is within us because Christ is within us and we are co-laborers with Him. (Rom 8:11; Colossians 1:27-28; 1 Corinthians 3:9)
His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and goodness. (2 Peter 1:3)
A 46 Royal Identity
You are a royal chosen generation and a holy priesthood of the King of all kings. (1Peter 2:9)
You are NOT paupers, you ARE sons and daughters of God. We must learn to think and live out of our new identity. (Romans 8:17-19)
Be honest no matter the cost.
Trust is built on honesty and integrity.
Telling half-truths, cheating, or lying destroys trust; so strive to be truthful.
Trust is the foundation of all good relationships.
Mind of 48 Christ
As a Christian, you have the mind of Christ. (1 Cor 2:16)
We desire to teach you to learn how to think (like Christ) more than what to think; therefore, be creative, ask questions and follow the leading of the Holy Spirit and the instruction of the Bible, God’s Word.
Always pray, never despair, and by no means never give up!
Perseverance is key to building godly character. (James 1:4)
We desire the Presence of God for all that we do even down to our existence.
The believer CAN experience the presence of God every day, every second. (Hebrews 4:16)
Prayer is a conversation with God. Let us learn to commune with God. (1 John 1:3)
Our goal is to see the presence of heaven experienced here on earth. (Mat 6:10)
Be filled with the Holy Spirit and drink of Him until you leak!
51 Faithfulness to God and commitment to His body is of extreme importance and it is vital in finding and developing our God-given destiny. (Hebrews 10:25; Gal 6:9)
We strive to be a people of faithfulness and commitment and do our best to come through on what we commit ourselves to regarding our time, talents, and treasure.
We believe in 52 giving generously and giving unto the Lord. We know that God provides us with food to eat and seed to sow. (2 Cor 9:10)
We know that when we give, it’s an investment into the kingdom of God that will yield a return 30, 60, and (53) 100 fold.
We believe in taking care of our own within the body of Christ and also doing what we can to take care of those in need outside our church body.
We believe in giving a tithe (one tenth) of our income unto the Lord, believing that our ten percent belongs to God and we trust God to bless the ninety percent and to “rebuke the devourer on our behalf.”
We believe that anything we give beyond a tenth of our income is an 54 offering unto God.
How to be functional in the Body of Christ
As disciples of Jesus we not only take responsibility for our own development but also the development of others…
As a young man Jesus grew in both height and wisdom. He learned from local religious teachers, by living in community, and through regular times of listening to God. Jesus called others to follow his ways, to be his disciples and live in obedience to all that God commands. He then sent these followers out to make new disciples. We believe we are also called to be followers of Jesus who take responsibility for our own development and the development of others. This includes both our personal time with God as well as involvement together in training provided by spiritual leadership. (Luke2:52; Matthew 28:18-20; Ephesians 4:11-13; 2 Timothy 2:2)
Believe & Become
Group Discussion Questions:
Give an example of a healthy relationship that you have in your life?
When anyone enters into relationship with God by grace from, and faith in, the person and work of Jesus Christ they are entering into two covenants.
You and God
You and God’s Family
Romans 12 (NLT) A Living Sacrifice to God
12 And so, dear brothers and sisters, I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all he has done for you. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice—the kind he will find acceptable. This is truly the way to worship him. 2 Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.
Based on this passage, how does God transform us?
… 4 Just as our bodies have many parts and each part has a special function, 5 so it is with Christ’s body. We are many parts of one body, and we all belong to each other. 6 In his grace, God has given us different gifts for doing certain things well. So if God has given you the ability to prophesy, speak out with as much faith as God has given you. 7 If your gift is serving others, serve them well. If you are a teacher, teach well. 8 If your gift is to encourage others, be encouraging. If it is giving, give generously. If God has given you leadership ability, take the responsibility seriously. And if you have a gift for showing kindness to others, do it gladly
Based on this passage we just read, what are some of the gifts that God has provided for His body?
As a believer in the body of Christ we are encouraged to be generous with our money, time and talents. Be generous! J
1. Joyful & cheerful
“Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver”
2. A 55 regular part of life
“On the first day of every week, each of you is to put something aside and store it up” (1 Cor. 16:2).
3. 56 Generous
“In a severe test of affliction, [the Macedonians’] abundance of joy and their extreme poverty have overflowed in a wealth of generosity on their part. For they gave … beyond their means” (2 Cor. 8:2–3; cf. Prov. 14:21, 31; 19:17; 2 Cor. 9:6; 1 Tim. 6:18).
Group Discussion Starter Questions:
Have you ever said or done anything to hurt someone else?
If you apologized and asked that person for forgiveness, how did that effect your relationship with them?
Have you ever been the object of gossip? If so, how did it make you feel?
Be a unifier, not a divider.
How do we remain both diverse and unified?
Unity Is Not 57 optional in The Body of Christ
Gossip & Negative Talk Will Destroy Unity in The Body of Christ
Consider the various sins Paul outlines in Romans 1:29-31:
29 They were filled with all manner of unrighteousness, evil, covetousness, malice. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, maliciousness. They are gossips, 30 slanderers, haters of God, insolent, haughty, boastful, inventors of evil, disobedient to parents, 31 foolish, faithless, heartless, ruthless. 32 Though they know God's righteous decree that those who practice such things deserve to die, they not only do them but give approval to those who practice them.
What are some of the adjectives Paul uses to associate with gossips in this passage?
Forgiveness fosters unity
14 For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you, 15 sbut if you do not forgive others their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.
If you do not forgive others their trespasses against you, what does this passage say your Heavenly Father will not do for you?
PHILIPPIANS 1:27 [ NLT ]
27 Above all, you must live as citizens of heaven, conducting yourselves in a manner worthy of the Good News about Christ. Then, whether I come and see you again or only hear about you, I will know that you are standing together with one spirit and one purpose, fighting together for the faith, which is the Good News.
What is the end goal of this passage?
Not about my preferences and desires
(optional: watch the Youtube video “meChurch”)
We are servants of God who serve others as a way of life
Fully God - fully human, Jesus took on the posture of a servant. He gave his life, even unto death, so that others could experience salvation, peace and restoration. Jesus said, “I am among you as one who serves…” All those who follow Jesus are called to serve in the same humility. For us this means joyful submission to God, leadership and to each other, as we serve whomever God brings into our lives. We do whatever needs doing, whenever it’s needed and wherever it leads us. (Matthew 20:25-28; 25:31-46; John 13:1-17; Philippians 2:5-11; 1 Peter 2:16)
Top Ten dominant behavior patterns of churches that are inward focused: (page 36-38 “I Am A Church Member)
Note: These are patterns we are trying to avoid!
10. 58 Worship Wars.
One or more factions in the church want the music just the way they like it. Any deviation is met with anger and demands for change. The order of service must remain constant. Certain instrumentation is required while others are prohibited.
9. Prolonged minutia 59 meetings
The church spends an inordinate amount of time in different meetings. Most of the meetings deal with the most inconsequential items, while the Great Commission and Great Commandment are rarely the topics of discussion.
8. 60 Facility focus
The church facilities develop iconic status. One of the highest priorities in the church is the protection and preservation of rooms, furniture, and other visible parts of the church’s buildings and grounds.
7. 61 Program Driven.
Every church has programs even if they don’t admit it. When we start doing a ministry a certain way, it takes on programmatic status. The problem is not with programs. The problem develops when the program becomes an end instead of a means to a greater ministry.
6. 62 Inwardly focused budget.
A disproportionate share of the budget is used to meet the needs and comforts of the members instead of reaching beyond the walls of the church.
5. Inordinate 63 demands for pastoral care.
All church members deserve care and concern, especially in times of need and crisis. Problems develop, however, when church members have unreasonable expectations for even minor matters. Some members expect the pastoral staff to visit them regularly merely because they have membership status.
4. Attitudes of 64 entitlement.
This issue could be a catch-all for many of the points named here. The overarching attitude is one of demanding and having a sense of deserving special treatment.
3. Greater concern about 65 change than the gospel
Almost any noticeable changes in the church evoke the ire of many; but those same passions are not evident about participating in the work of the gospel to change lives.
2. Anger and 66 hostility
Members are consistently angry. They regularly express hostility toward the church staff and other members.
1. Evangelistic apathy
Very few members share their faith on a regular basis. More are concerned about their own needs rather than the greatest eternal needs of the world and community in which they live.
Group Discussion Questions:
What is a talent that you have that not many people know about?
What are your favorite hobbies?
Do you currently know of any spiritual gifts that you seem to excel at?
Give your 67 time & talent.
WE ARE 68 CHILDREN OF GOD WHO LOVE & CARE FOR EACH OTHER.
God has always desired a people - an earthly family - who would live in such a way that the world would know what He is like. Jesus said that those who live in his ways and obey his Father are truly his family.
Through Jesus we believe we are children of God and brothers and sisters with each other. As family we see it as our obligation to personally care for the needs of one another – both physically and spiritually. We disciple, nurture and hold each other accountable to this covenant life together.
(Read Genesis 12:1-3; John 1:12-13; Romans 12:10-16)
The willingness to serve others is not natural in our world and it was not natural for people in Jesus’ day either. In fact, the focus on position and authority had crept into the minds of several of his disciples.
In what way would you like to serve in the body of Christ?
What areas of need do you see in the body of Christ?
The Importance of Praying
Pray for Your Leaders
Pray for each other
Pray for protection, discernment, wisdom, encouragement, and physical & spiritual health.
2 Continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving. 3 At the same time, pray also for us, that God may open to us a door for the word, to declare the mystery of Christ, on account of which I am in prison— 4 that I may make it clear, which is how I ought to speak.
16 In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one; 17 and take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God, 18 praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints, 19 and also for me, that words may be given to me in opening my mouth boldly to proclaim the mystery of the gospel, 20 for which I am an ambassador in chains, that I may declare it boldly, as I ought to speak.
What stood out to you in these passages?
2 Thessalonians 3:1
1 Finally, brothers, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may speed ahead and be honored, as happened among you, 2 and that we may be delivered from wicked and evil men. For not all have faith.
18 Pray for us, for we are sure that we have a clear conscience, desiring to act honorably in all things.
As you consider these verses, what are the primary reasons that Paul asks for prayer?
How to Train Your Family to be a Healthy Members of the Body of Christ.
Pray and worship together as a family.
Read page 58; then read the heading of the rest of the chapter from “I Am A Church Member”
24 And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, 25 not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.
What should we ‘stir’ each other up to do?
We are sent by God to restore all things to Himself.
God sent his son, Jesus, to Earth to take on human form and live within the culture. He worked, ate and interacted among the people; living in such a way that those around him could see and experience what God was truly like.
Jesus came so that all people, places and things could be restored to a right relationship with God. In the same way, we believe we are missionaries sent into our culture to restore all things to God through Jesus.
We live this out as part of a missional community.
(Read John 1:14; 20:21; Colossians 1:19; 2 Corinthians 5:17-21)
How to Treasure being a member of the Body of Christ as a 69 Gift.
Option 1 (Read page 68 from “I am a Church Member)
“In the first option we approach church membership similar to country club membership noted in chapter one. We are joining the church to see what we can get out of it. The pastor is to feed us through his sermons. We have specified an acceptable range for the length of the sermon. The music is to fit our style exactly. Any deviations are not acceptable. The programs and ministries are for our benefit. We will determine what we like and don’t like. We are members who expect perks, privileges, and service.”
Option 2 (Read page 69 from “I am a Church Member)
“But there is a second option to church membership. It’s the biblical option that sees membership as a gift, something to be treasured. Membership means we have the opportunity to serve and give rather than the legalistic option to do so. Our entire attitude is different when we approach membership the biblical way.”
Ephesians 2:18 For through him we both have access in one Spirit to the Father. 19 So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, 20 built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus himself being the cornerstone, 21 in whom the whole structure, being joined together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord. 22 In him you also are being built together into a dwelling place for God by the Spirit.
What are we being “built together” into?
Even though we were dead in our sins, we were made alive in Jesus Christ. He paid our sin debt and made it possible for us to have a right relationship with God.
This is a priceless gift! It is important for us to recognize that our salvation means that we are part of the body of Christ. The free gift of salvation affords us another gift – being part of the body of Christ.
Summary and Review
I will be a 70 Functioning church member.
1 Corinthians 12:12-31
I will be a 71Unifying church member.
I will 72not let church be about my preferences.
I will 73 Pray for my church leaders.
1 Timothy 3:2-5
I will lead my family to be 74 healthy church members.
Ephesians 5:22-33, 6:1-4
I will 75 Treasure church membership as a gift.
OUR PRAYER FOR YOU
“I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know Him better. I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which He has called you, the riches of His glorious inheritance in His holy people.”
“I ask the God of our Master, Jesus Christ, the God of glory—to make you intelligent and discerning in knowing Him personally, your eyes focused and clear, so that you can see exactly what it is He is calling you to do, grasp the immensity of this glorious way of life He has for His followers.”
EPHESIANS 1:17-19 MSG
Our spiritual journey consists of four steps:
1. 76 Know God
“[I pray]… that you may know Him better [personally].”
“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name drive out demons and perform many miracles?’ Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you.’”
2. 77 Find Freedom
“[I pray]… that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened [focused and clear].”
“Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed.”
3. 78 Discover Purpose
“[I pray]…that you may know the hope to which He has called you.”
“We have different gifts, according to the grace given us.”
“All of you together are Christ’s body, and each of you is a part of it.”
1 CORINTHIANS 12:27 NLT
4. 79 Make a difference
“[I pray]… that you may grasp the immensity of this glorious way of life He has for His followers [in his holy people].”
“This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples. I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete.”
JOHN 15:8, 11
“God has given gifts to each of you from His great variety of spiritual gifts. Use them well to serve one another.”
1 PETER 4:10 NLT
80. Sunday Services
We consider reaching people who do not know God personally to be one of our greatest responsibilities. Our Sunday services are for people at all stages in their spiritual journey but are primarily designed for those who do not yet have a genuine relationship with God.
Church services should focus on four values:
1. 81 Celebration
We believe church should be enjoyable.
“I was glad when they said to me, ‘Let us go into the house of the Lord.’”
PSALM 122:1 NKJV
2. 82 Inspiration
Church should be a place where people experience God’s presence.
“But…when some unbelievers or ordinary people come in, they will be convinced of their sin by what they hear. They will be judged by all they hear, their secret thoughts will be brought into the open, and they will bow down and worship God, confessing, ‘Truly God is here among you!’”
1 CORINTHIANS 14:24–25 GNT
3. 83 Preparation
We believe church should be a place where people learn how the Bible applies to their daily lives.
“So Christ Himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, to equip His people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up.”
4. 84 Salvation
- 1. Accept the personal 85 responsibility.
- 2. Build a personal 86 relationship.
- 3. Share your personal 87 story.
- 4. Give a personal 88 invitation.
- 1. “In Jerusalem” 89 Our Cities
- 2. “In Judea and Samaria” 90 Our Nation
- 3. “To the ends of the earth” 91Our World
“Jesus said to His followers, ‘Go everywhere in the world, and tell the Good News to everyone.’”
MARK 16:15 NCV
The primary way we reach our world is through strategic missions. At Destiny City Church, we intentionally invest a portion of our resources in missions’ work all around the world with a focus on unreached people groups, children, and church planting.
How you can participate:
1. 92 Pray
Pray that we might reach people in each of these areas with the Good News of Jesus.
“Then He said to His disciples, ‘The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into His harvest field.’”
2. 93 Give
- 3. 94 Go!
Go to our cities, nation, and world to serve others and show people the love of God.
“Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, ‘Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?’ And I said, ‘Here am I. Send me!’ He said, ‘Go and tell this people...’”
What were questions in this passage and what was Isaiah’s response?
2. Grow Together
”Day after day, in the temple courts and from house to house, they never stopped teaching and proclaiming the good news that Jesus is the Messiah.”
What were the two places mentioned in this passage that “they never stopped teaching and proclaiming the good news” in?
“You know that I have not hesitated to preach anything that would be helpful to you but have taught you publicly and from house to house.”
95 Connect Groups (Small Groups) What it’s all about:
- 1. A place to 96 connect with others.
- 2. A place to 97 protect each other.
- 3. A place to 98 grow together.
“As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.”
“As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.”
Every person is created with God-given potential to make a difference in the world. Connect Groups should be a place where you can grow with others to become more like Jesus and reach the potential God has put inside you.
Learn to Serve
DISCOVERING YOUR GIFTS
- 1 My 99 Gifts and Passions
- 2. My 100 Life Experience
- 3 My 101 Pain
- 1. 102 Discover my gifts.
- 2. 103 Develop my gifts.
- 3. 104 Use my gifts
- My purpose is to 105 serve God by 106 serving others.
- ___ Economy
- ___ Government
- ___ Family
- ___ Religion
- ___ Media
- ___ Education
- ___ Arts
- 1 good news; 2 fulfilled; 3 absorbing; 4 satisfying; 5 victory; 6 hope; 7 boast; 8 joy; 9 song; 10 message;
- 11 fulfill; 12 equip; 13 acts; 14 discipleship; 15 biblical training; 16 serving; 17 worship; 18 outreach;
- 19 center; 20 worship; 21 word; 22 attitudes; 23 Worship ;24 presence; 25 Lordship; 26 submission; 27 commit; 28 learning; 29 Evangelism; 30 Discipleship; 31 Leadership; 32 Family; 33 Relationship; 34 Good; 35 Gratitude; 36 Love; 37 Controlling; 38 Ownership; 39 responsibility; 40 Accountability; 41 Risk; 42 Honor; 43 Confrontation & Forgiveness; 44 Supernatural; 45 Ministry; 46 Royal; 47 Honesty; 48 Christ; 49 Perseverance; 50 Presence;
- 51 Faithfulness; 52 giving; 53 (100);
- 54 offering; 55 regular; 56 Generous; 57 optional; 58 Worship; 59 meetings; 60 Facility; 61 Program; 62 inwardly; 63 demands; 64 entitlement;
- 65 change; 66 hostility; 67 time; 68 Children; 69 Gift; 70 Functioning; 71 unifying;
- 72 not let church be about my preferences; 73 pray;
- 74 healthy; 75 Treasure; 76 Know God; 77 Find Freedom; 78 Discover Purpose;
- 79 Make a Difference; 80 Sunday Services; 81 Celebration; 82 Inspiration; 83 Preparation;
- 84 Salvation; 85 responsibility; 86 relationship; 87 story; 88 invitation; 89 our cities;
- 90 our nation; 91 our world; 92 Pray; 93 Give; 94 Go; 95 Small Groups; 96 connect;
- 97 protect; 98 grow;
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- 99 gifts and passions; 100 life experience; 101 pain; 102 Discover; 103 Develop; 104 Use; 105 serve God; 106 serving others;