Step Up: Our Impact
Matthew 5:14–16 (NLT) “You are the light of the world—like a city on a hilltop that cannot be hidden. 15 No one lights a lamp and then puts it under a basket. Instead, a lamp is placed on a stand, where it gives light to everyone in the house. 16 In the same way, let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father.
Our call by God is to go into all the world and Make Disciples and Releasing Ministers. Matthew 28:19–20 (NLT) Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. 20 Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”
Kingdom Advancement operates with the collaboration of numerous dynamics.
- Governance that provides visional direction, oversight and accountability to ministry operation. We accomplish this through our Elders, Deacons and Executive Directors. We’re not leading in secret.
- Making Disciples through preaching and teaching the word of God. We do this through our corporate worship gatherings and Connect Groups for adults, Thrive students and Kidz Konnection for our children.
- Outreach Objectives to lost world. Which we do through Going Global.
- Family and Personal ministry. Through our Care Team we provide such things as marriage counseling and benevolent assistance.
- Financial Management- Through Collection and Distribution of finances for properties, staff and ministry operations.
The Kingdom advancement is made of two types of ministries.
- Full Time Minsters: The one whose full time focus is strategizing, preparing and overseeing the ministry advancement.
- Volunteer Ministers: Those who give their time, talent and resources through volunteering to serve in varying capacities.
Step Up our Impact: Acts 2:44–47 (NLT) And all the believers met together in one place and shared everything they had. 45 They sold their property and possessions and shared the money with those in need. 46 They worshiped together at the Temple each day, met in homes for the Lord’s Supper, and shared their meals with great joy and generosity—47 all the while praising God and enjoying the goodwill of all the people. And each day the Lord added to their fellowship those who were being saved.
The early church was known not only for the power of God and the message of great news in Christ, but generosity was a keystone. I’ve heard many people say through the years- lets get back to the church of Acts. Most only want the miracles. But living in community and being extremely generous is what created the long-term impact.
Look at what they did:
- They met together in one place. Like us on Sunday mornings.
- Sold possession in order to give and help those in need.
- In addition to corporate gatherings at the Temple, they had Connect Groups.
The Result was the Lord brought increase through saving many.
With Impact Comes Responsibility:
- Throwing a Net: You can’t allow people to fall through the cracks. Acts 6:1 (NLT) But as the believers rapidly multiplied, there were rumblings of discontent. The Greek-speaking believers complained about the Hebrew-speaking believers, saying that their widows were being discriminated against in the daily distribution of food.
- Empowering Others- Acts 6:2–3 (NLT) So the Twelve called a meeting of all the believers. They said, “We apostles should spend our time teaching the word of God, not running a food program. 3 And so, brothers, select seven men who are well respected and are full of the Spirit and wisdom. We will give them this responsibility
Acts 4:33–35 (NLT) The apostles testified powerfully to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and God’s great blessing was upon them all. 34 There were no needy people among them, because those who owned land or houses would sell them 35 and bring the money to the apostles to give to those in need.
- Focused Leaders- Acts 6:4 Then we apostles can spend our time in prayer and teaching the word.”
- Releasing Ministers- Acts 6:5–6 (NLT) Everyone liked this idea, and they chose the following: Stephen (a man full of faith and the Holy Spirit), Philip, Procorus, Nicanor, Timon, Parmenas, and Nicolas of Antioch (an earlier convert to the Jewish faith). 6 These seven were presented to the apostles, who prayed for them as they laid their hands on them.
What is also exciting is that we get to be used by God to fulfill the calling that He has put on someone to serve in occupational ministry. There are people out there right now on whom God has placed a calling to serve in occupational ministry. We get to be that place where God will send them to do His work. We get to be a part of fulfilling the call to occupational ministry on someone’s life by God Himself.
As we step up with staff and resourced volunteers we will see the ministry make an Impact like never before.
Another Level of Impact:
- Stephen- Acts 6:8 (NLT) Stephen, a man full of God’s grace and power, performed amazing miracles and signs among the people.
- Philip- Acts 8:4–8 (NLT) But the believers who were scattered preached the Good News about Jesus wherever they went. 5 Philip, for example, went to the city of Samaria and told the people there about the Messiah. 6 Crowds listened intently to Philip because they were eager to hear his message and see the miraculous signs he did. 7 Many evil* spirits were cast out, screaming as they left their victims. And many who had been paralyzed or lame were healed. 8 So there was great joy in that city.