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  • 1. Looking at the Big Picture
  • 2. What doesGod sayGirl Reading Biblelife is all about?
  • 3. Life’s Big Questions Who? What? How?1. Who am I?2. What is my purpose?3. How do I accomplish my purpose?
  • 4. The Big Picture JesusGospel Church Mission
  • 5. Jesus
  • 6. It’s About Jesus!1. Jesus created the universe2. Jesus sustains all things3. Jesus will inherit all things4. Jesus will judge everyone5. Jesus will be King over all
  • 7. Gospel Church Mission JesusGospel Church Mission
  • 8. Importance of the GospelBut he replied, “I must preach theGood News of the Kingdom of Godin other towns, too, because that iswhy I was sent.” Luke 4:43 (NLT)
  • 9. Importance of the GospelI am not ashamed of the gospel,because it is the power of God forthe salvation of everyone whobelieves… Romans 1:16 (NIV 84)
  • 10. The GospelThe gospel is the good news of whatGod has done through His Son JesusChrist to restore His reign and ruleover all creation and bringreconciliation to all those who repentand place their trust in Jesus.
  • 11. Aspects of the Gospel1. Understanding/Believing2. Living the gospel3. Proclaiming the gospel4. Defending the gospel
  • 12. Understanding the Gospel 1. Growing in knowledge and understanding of the gospel. 2. Able to write out the gospel. 3. Able to clearly explain the gospel to others.
  • 13. Understanding the GospelYou never leave the gospel to goonto other things. You only godeeper into it.
  • 14. Living the Gospel1. Preach the gospel to yourself daily.2. Live based on the truths of who you are in Christ.3. Live a cruciform life.4. Live a life of repentance and faith.
  • 15. Proclaiming the Gospel1. Holy Spirit – need for prayer2. Gospel – know it well3. Testimony – your story & life
  • 16. Defending the Gospel1. Why believe in God?2. Why believe that the Bible is the Word of God?3. Why does God allow evil and suffering?4. Why does God send people to hell?
  • 17. Gospel Church Mission JesusGospel Church Mission
  • 18. The Church
  • 19. What is the Church EkklesiaEkklesia is the Greek word fromwhich we get our word "church"from. An "ekklesia" is agathering of people who havebeen called out for a purpose.
  • 20. Importance of the ChurchWe have turned to a God we can use ratherthan a God we must obey; we have turned toa God who will fulfill our need rather than aGod before whom we must surrender ourrights to ourselves. He is a God for us, forour satisfaction-- not because we havelearned to think of him in this way throughChrist but because we have learned to thinkof him this way through the marketplace.Everything is for us, for our pleasure, for oursatisfaction, and we have come to assumethat it must be so in the church as well. David Wells
  • 21. Importance of the ChurchGod’s purpose in all this was to usethe church to display his wisdom in itsrich variety to all the unseen rulers andauthorities in the heavenly places. Thiswas his eternal plan, which he carriedout through Christ Jesus our Lord. Ephesians 3:10-11 (NLT)
  • 22. Importance of the ChurchWhen Jesus came to the region ofCaesarea Philippi, he asked hisdisciples, “Who do people say that theSon of Man is?” “Well,” they replied,“some say John the Baptist, some sayElijah, and others say Jeremiah or oneof the other prophets.” Then he askedthem, “But who do you say I am?” Matthew 16:13-15 (NLT)
  • 23. Importance of the ChurchSimon Peter answered, “You are theMessiah, the Son of the living God.”Jesus replied, “You are blessed, Simonson of John, because my Father inheaven has revealed this to you. Youdid not learn this from any humanbeing. Now I say to you that you arePeter (which means ‘rock’), and uponthis rock I will build my church, and allthe powers of hell will not conquer it. Matthew 16:16-18 (NLT)
  • 24. Importance of the ChurchAs you come to him, the living Stone—rejected by humans but chosen byGod and precious to him—you also,like living stones, are being built intoa spiritual house to be a holypriesthood, offering spiritualsacrifices acceptable to God throughJesus Christ. 1 Peter 2:4-5 (NIV)
  • 25. Importance of the ChurchA spiritual gift is given to each of usso we can help each other…All of youtogether are Christ’s body, and eachof you is a part of it. 1 Corinthians 12:7, 27 (NLT)
  • 26. Bride of Christ
  • 27. Body of Christ
  • 28. Family of God
  • 29. TrinitySymbol
  • 30. The ChurchThe Church is a community of peoplewho belong to God through faith inJesus Christ.
  • 31. The ChurchThe church is a community ofimperfect people clinging to aper fect Christ who are beingperfected by grace. Jonathan Dodson
  • 32. The ChurchThe Church is God’s People saved byGod’s Power for God’s Purposes. Soma Communities
  • 33. The ChurchThe purpose of the church is to serveas an outpost of Jesus’ kingdom thatmakes the invisible kingdom visibleby the grace of God and power of theHoly Spirit. Mark Driscoll
  • 34. The ChurchThe Church shows the world what itlooks like to live under the reign andrule of Jesus.
  • 35. City on a Hill
  • 36. The Big Picture JesusGospel Church Mission