Biblical quotations are ESV (English Standard Version) unless otherwise stated.
Rooted in the life of Jesus, the leadership of the Spirit, and the maturity and multiplication of His Body, this vision series will clarify the direction and strategies that will guide our movement for many years to come.
According to the teachings of Scripture, we are both an “everyday” people and an “extraordinary” people. We are sent by Jesus to express and expose His extraordinary life in us. Yet we are to do so in the midst of what appears to be very normal, everyday lives of working, studying and building relationships; our remarkably unspectacular lives of fulfilling responsibilities to families and friends.
So, how do we do that? More significantly, how do we do that together?
We look to Jesus. We see that Jesus’ concept of being “sent ones” radically transformed the disciples’ first century views on reality, religion and relationships. His teachings and life were unfamiliar and unnerving. Lovingly and patiently, he ultimately led his disciples far beyond what they had imagined.
As we read in the book of Acts, their Spirit-empowered lives transformed the first century world of Palestine and beyond. Looking back over the twenty centuries of history since, Jesus’ vision, values and life have led His disciples beyond what every culture and generation of the world would expect—and, in many cases, what the world would accept.
In His prayers to the Father, Christ prayed “As you have sent me into the world, so I have sent them into the world.” (John 17:18) and, “As the Father sent me, so I am sending you.” (John 20:21) Our Fellowship of Churches: Middlebrook, North Knox, Pellissippi live in the 100th generation of disciples of Jesus Christ (counting generations as twenty year cycles). And we are still just as sent as the first generation of disciples.
LIVE: SENT is a three-week series for us to explore prayerfully and intentionally, how we will live together as disciple-makers sent into the world to express and expose the life of Jesus within us.
May this be a season when we learn on a much deeper level what it means to live our everyday, extraordinary lives as the people of God.