Sermon Audio & Review
Pastor Tim Potter
- Category: Not Ashamed (Romans)
- January 8, 2017
Our Spiritual Values.
Our church mission statement states that "Grace Church of Mentor exists to glorify God by evangelizing the lost and equipping the saints with the goal of Christ-likeness." Our theme for the year of 2017 will be "I Am Not Ashamed." We will learn The Power of God in the Gospel as we study through the book of Romans.
We exist to glorify God because that was Jesus' aim during His earthly life. The glory of God is the demonstration of God's attributes. This includes His greatness and goodness. The attributes that pertain to goodness are ones that we can imitate.
Our church mission statement is built on the Great Commission, found in Matthew 28:19-20 and Acts 1:8. There are two primary actions undertaken by the church: evangelizing the lost and equipping the saints. Our personal participation in the church's mission is found in Colossians 4:2-6. Being born again transforms the way we live.
Our goal is Christ-likeness. Philippians 3:12-21 describes the process of sanctification. It is simple enough to understand, but a glorious agony to live. Yet we do so with the help of the Holy Spirit, Scriptures, and fellow saints. This is not the ministry of a few professionals, but the obligation of the whole church.
- Consider the risks taken by Christ, the apostles, and other believers through history. What did they do because of what they really believed? They risked all and did everything possible to spread the name of Christ. What will you do in this New Year to pursue the same goal?
Tools for Further Study
Cross References to Explore
- John 17:1-5, John 11:40, 1 Corinthians 10:31, Hebrews 1:3 – Our aim is to glorify God.
- Ephesians 4:11-12, 1 Peter 5:2, Colossians 1:26-27 – Every believer is to be involved in equipping the saints.
- John 13:15, Philippians 1:6, 1 Corinthians 11:1 – We are becoming more Christ-like.
A Hymn to Encourage: "For the Sake of His Name"
Go to the world for the sake of His name;
To every nation His glory proclaim.
Pray that the Spirit wise
Will open darkened eyes,
Granting new life to display Jesus’ fame.
In Jesus’ power, preach Christ to the lost;
For Jesus’ glory, count all else but loss.
Gather from every place
Trophies of sov’reign grace.
Lest life be wasted, exalt Jesus’ cross.
Love the unloved for the sake of His name;
Like Christ, befriend those whose heads hang in shame.
Jesus did not condemn,
But was condemned for them.
Trust gospel pow’r, for we once were the same.
Rescue the lost for the sake of His name;
As Christ commands, snatch them out of the flame.
Tell that when Jesus died
God’s wrath was satisfied.
Urge them to flee to the Lamb who was slain.
Look to the Throne for the sake of His name;
Think of the throng who will share in His reign.
Some for whose souls we pray
Will share our joy that day,
Joining our song for the sake of His name!
Copyright 2010 ChurchWorksMedia.com. All rights reserved.
Quotes to Ponder
"Only real risk tests the reality of belief."
— C.S. Lewis