Step Up: People Matter
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.
Jim Elliot born and raised in Portland Oregon in the 1920’s felt the call of God to go to Ecuador. Jim and Pete Fleming would join forces and arrived in Ecuador on February 21, 1952, with the purpose of evangelizing Ecuador’s Quechua Indians.
Jim and Pete would be joined by three other missionaries – Ed McCully, Roger Youderian, and their pilot, Nate Saint. They made contact from their Piper PA-14 airplane with the Huaorani using a loudspeaker and a basket to pass down gifts. After several months, the men decided to build a base a short distance from the Indian village, along the Curaray River. There they were approached one time by a small group of Huaorani and even gave an airplane ride to one curious Huaorani whom they called “George” (his real name was Naenkiwi). Encouraged by these friendly encounters, they began plans to visit the Huaorani, without knowing that Naenkiwi had lied to the others about the missionaries’ intentions. Their plans were preempted by the arrival of a larger group of about 10 Huaorani warriors, who killed Elliot and his four companions on January 8, 1956.
His journal entry for October 28, 1949, The great missionary Jim Elliot said– “He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose.”
Jesus said it very similarly- Luke 9:24 (NLT) If you try to hang on to your life, you will lose it. But if you give up your life for my sake, you will save it.
Jim Elliot’s life in one that truly Stands Out and to this day inspires millions to give what they cannot keep in order to gain what one cannot lose-
Open Core Brochure to page 12.
Step Up Initiative– Today we are beginning a conversation that will continue over the next five weeks, launching us into a 24-month generosity initiative. This initiative is called Step Up.
Commitment Sunday- On March 5th we are going to ask you to Step Up and partner with this vision to make Disciples and Release Ministers. March 5th is Commitment Sunday! I’m asking everyone to make sure you’re here on that Sunday. This will catapult us into a 24-month initiative that will unify us into common goals.
Here are our Four Steps:
- Together we will Step Up our Opportunity to build a place people can experience God.
- We will Step Up our Generosity in such a way that we will see ministry expand reducing our financial commitment, adding new resources and weapons into the hands of those who serve.
- We will Step Up our Impact as we empower others to walk in their calling.
- Finally, we will Step our Reach too touch more nameless and faceless people we’ve yet to look at or know.
Since the launch of our Clarksville Campus seven years ago, our community has leveraged the resources of our time, talent and treasure with scrutiny and frugality. Yet we have struggled to keep pace with the ministry demands of a growing community and a people around the world that desire to be apart of the Tab. As a result, this has placed some limitations on our ability to keep our facilities, properties, staff, volunteers and outreach progressing at a pace we feel represent God with excellence.
In short, we’ve been walking behind this huge vision from God and feel it’s time we Step Up and take it to a new level.
Let’s Start with the Why?
People often ask WHY? What are we doing? Why are we doing it now? What does cost it cost? What do you want me to do? In a phrase –
Because People Matter!
- What are we doing? Step Up to your Opportunity Luke 19:10 (NLT) For the Son of Man came to seek and save those who are lost.”
Jesus called Himself the light of the world. His entire life was to shine the goodness of Gods love into the darkness of people who we’re lost. John 8:12 (NLT) Jesus spoke to the people once more and said, “I am the light of the world. If you follow me, you won’t have to walk in darkness, because you will have the light that leads to life.”
Jesus came Because People Matter! He became human to win human beings. Philippians 2:5–9 (NLT) You must have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had. 6 Though he was God, he did not think of equality with God as something to cling to. 7 Instead, he gave up his divine privileges; he took the humble position of a slave and was born as a human being. When he appeared in human form, 8 he humbled himself in obedience to God and died a criminal’s death on a cross.
The Apostle Paul said- 1 Corinthians 9:19–27 (NLT) Even though I am a free man with no master, I have become a slave to all people to bring many to Christ. 20 When I was with the Jews, I lived like a Jew to bring the Jews to Christ. When I was with those who follow the Jewish law, I too lived under that law. Even though I am not subject to the law, I did this so I could bring to Christ those who are under the law. 21 When I am with the Gentiles who do not follow the Jewish law, I too live apart from that law so I can bring them to Christ. But I do not ignore the law of God; I obey the law of Christ. 22 When I am with those who are weak, I share their weakness, for I want to bring the weak to Christ. Yes, I try to find common ground with everyone, doing everything I can to save some. 23 I do everything to spread the Good News and share in its blessings.
We are called to Go, Because People Matter- We will do anything but sin to win people to Christ!
- Why are we doing it now? Step Up your Impact- John 9:4–5 (NLT) We must quickly carry out the tasks assigned us by the one who sent us. The night is coming, and then no one can work. 5 But while I am here in the world, I am the light of the world.”
There is no promise of tomorrow- many of us our building bigger barns today trying to be more comfortable tomorrow- Luke 12:16–20 (NLT) Then he told them a story: “A rich man had a fertile farm that produced fine crops. 17 He said to himself, ‘What should I do? I don’t have room for all my crops.’ 18 Then he said, ‘I know! I’ll tear down my barns and build bigger ones. Then I’ll have room enough to store all my wheat and other goods. 19 And I’ll sit back and say to myself, “My friend, you have enough stored away for years to come. Now take it easy! Eat, drink, and be merry!” ’ 20 “But God said to him, ‘You fool! You will die this very night. Then who will get everything you worked for?’
James 4:14–17 (NLT) How do you know what your life will be like tomorrow? Your life is like the morning fog—it’s here a little while, then it’s gone. 15 What you ought to say is, “If the Lord wants us to, we will live and do this or that.” 16 Otherwise you are boasting about your own pretentious plans, and all such boasting is evil. 17 Remember, it is sin to know what you ought to do and then not do it.
- Jesus is Coming- Luke 19:1–4 (NLT) Jesus entered Jericho and made his way through the town. 2 There was a man there named Zacchaeus. He was the chief tax collector in the region, and he had become very rich. 3 He tried to get a look at Jesus, but he was too short to see over the crowd. 4 So he ran ahead and climbed a sycamore-fig tree beside the road, for Jesus was going to pass that way.
His name comes from Zachariah meaning righteous one.
He was rich- More important is the allusion to the earlier question whether a rich man can be saved.
Luke 6:24–25 (NLT) “What sorrow awaits you who are rich, for you have your only happiness now. 25 What sorrow awaits you who are fat and prosperous now, for a time of awful hunger awaits you. What sorrow awaits you who laugh now, for your laughing will turn to mourning and sorrow.
- He has a calling on our lives- Luke 19:5–6 (NLT) When Jesus came by, he looked up at Zacchaeus and called him by name. “Zacchaeus!” he said. “Quick, come down! I must be a guest in your home today.” 6 Zacchaeus quickly climbed down and took Jesus to his house in great excitement and joy.
- What does it cost? Step Up your Generosity- Luke 19:8 (NLT) Meanwhile, Zacchaeus stood before the Lord and said, “I will give half my wealth to the poor, Lord, and if I have cheated people on their taxes, I will give them back four times as much!”
The Joy of surrendering a lesser treasure for a greater one- Matthew 13:44 (NLT) “The Kingdom of Heaven is like a treasure that a man discovered hidden in a field. In his excitement, he hid it again and sold everything he owned to get enough money to buy the field.
Jesus illustrates Zacchaeus’ salvation by his generosity! Luke 19:9 (NLT) Jesus responded, “Salvation has come to this home today, for this man has shown himself to be a true son of Abraham.
- What do you want me to do? Step Up your Reach and be like Jesus! 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.
- John the Baptist on Salvation and Possessions- Luke 3:10–16 (NLT) The crowds asked, “What should we do?”
- Share- Luke 3:11 (NLT)John replied, “If you have two shirts, give one to the poor. If you have food, share it with those who are hungry.”
- No Cheating- Luke 3:12-13 (NLT) Even corrupt tax collectors came to be baptized and asked, “Teacher, what should we do?” 13 He replied, “Collect no more taxes than the government requires.”
- Don’t Take Advantage- Luke 3:14-15 (NLT)“What should we do?” asked some soldiers. John replied, “Don’t extort money or make false accusations. And be content with your pay.”
- Go and Do- John 13:13–17 (NLT) You call me ‘Teacher’ and ‘Lord,’ and you are right, because that’s what I am. 14 And since I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you ought to wash each other’s feet. 15 I have given you an example to follow. Do as I have done to you. 16 I tell you the truth, slaves are not greater than their master. Nor is the messenger more important than the one who sends the message. 17 Now that you know these things, God will bless you for doing them.
The Why? Because People Matter- John 3:16–17 (NLT) “For this is how God loved the world: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. 17 God sent his Son into the world not to judge the world, but to save the world through him.