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We Are Invisible!

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Despite being Christ’s church, we are invisible to our community (and perhaps each other). We’ve often thought of our purpose (work) in terms of “evangelism, edification, and benevolence.” While these are not incorrect, this lesson encourages us to think of the church’s purpose from a different angle, by examining five parables of Jesus that teach us that the church is to be a home, influence society, valuable and a net. (Some concepts in this lesson were adapted from Seth Godin.)

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We Are Invisible!

  1. 1. We are INVISIBLE!
  2. 2. We are INVISIBLE!
  3. 3. We are Christ’s church.
  4. 4. Buddhism Islam Christianity Catholic Orthodox Mainline Evanglistic Fundamental
  5. 5. E E B
  6. 6. Evangelism E B
  7. 7. Evangelism Edification B
  8. 8. Evangelism Edification Benevolence
  9. 9. Evangelism Edification Benevolence
  10. 10. “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” — Matthew 4.17
  11. 11. Are we the church that Jesus wants us to be?
  12. 12. The kingdom of heaven is like... a grain of mustard seed.
  13. 13. “I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the growth.” — 1 Corinthians 3.6
  14. 14. “so that the birds of the air come and make nests in its branches.” — Matthew 13.32
  15. 15. Are we a providing a place of rest?
  16. 16. “praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to their number day by day those who were being saved.” — Acts 2.47
  17. 17. The kingdom of heaven is like... leaven
  18. 18. Are we changing the world?
  19. 19. The kingdom of heaven is like... treasure hidden in a field
  20. 20. The kingdom of heaven is like... one pearl of great value
  21. 21. Do we value God’s kingdom?
  22. 22. Do we value the people of God?
  23. 23. JOY
  24. 24. The kingdom of heaven is like... a net
  25. 25. Are we casting the net?
  26. 26. The kingdom of heaven is like...
  27. 27. Compiled and Presented by: Dave Stewart 10 January, 2010 Las Cruces, NM www.churchofchristmiranda.com We Are Invisible! Matthew 13.31-33; 44-50 Synopsis: Despite being Christ’s church, we are invisible to our community (and perhaps each other). We’ve often thought of our purpose (work) in terms of “evangelism, edification, and benevolence.” While these are not incorrect, this lesson encourages us to think of the church’s purpose from a different angle, by examining five parables of Jesus that teach us that the church is to be a home, influence society, valuable and a net. (Some concepts in this lesson were adapted from Seth Godin.) “Unless otherwise indicated, all Scripture quotations are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version, copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a division of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.” “Let all that you do be done with love.”
  28. 28. Photo Credits: Pills: h-monk: http://www.flickr.com/photos/78471072@N00/482739494/ Church building: personal photo Satellite Images: Google Earth Congregation: personal photo Seed: nadaklan: iStock_000007261535Small: http://www.istockphoto.com/stock-photo-7261535-mustard-seed-in- fingers.php Tree in field: iStock_000005265032Small Birds in tree: Muffet / liz west: http://www.flickr.com/photos/calliope/4116867765/sizes/l/ Leaven: iStock_000008463296Small Salt: iStock_000000552751XSmall Light & Earth: iStock_000003939160Small Treasure: iStock_000008206538Small Pearl: amboo who? http://www.flickr.com/photos/amboo213/2438643483/sizes/l/in/photostream/ Xray: Asja: http://www.flickr.com/photos/asjaboros/3021251711/sizes/l/ Net: Allie_Caulfield: http://www.flickr.com/photos/wm_archiv/3938715414/sizes/l/ Little Girl: tigr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/tigr/26362667/sizes/l/

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