REVISITING THE VISION
To build a Christ-centered community of believers focused on fulfilling the biblical mandate to Embrace God, Equip people and Empower the kingdom, all for the glory of God.
Focus Scripture! - Nehemiah 2:18 NKJV
Then I told them of the hand of my God which was good upon me; as also the king's words that he had spoken unto me. And they said, Let us rise up and build. So they strengthened their hands for this good work.
Citizens, it is now time to prepare to build the community. This week we're focusing on ways to EMBRACE GOD's PEOPLE! To embrace something is: to take or clasp in the arms; press to the bosom; hold it close. To take or receive gladly or eagerly; accept it willingly. To take in with the eye or the mind; see it.
~EMBRACE GOD'S PEOPLE~
Be Generous To God's People
HEBREWS 13:2-3 AMP
Do not neglect to extend hospitality to strangers [especially among the family of believers--being friendly, cordial, and gracious, sharing the comforts of your home and doing your part generously], for by this some have entertained angels without knowing it. Remember those who are in prison, as if you were their fellow prisoner, and those who are mistreated, since you also are in the body [and subject to physical suffering].
Don't Be Judgemental Of God's People
Romans 14:1, 13 ESV
As for the one who is weak in faith, welcome him, but not to quarrel over opinions. Therefore let us not pass judgment on one another any longer, but rather decide never to put a stumbling block or hindrance in the way of a brother.
Be Committed To God's People
Matthew 10:40-42 ESV
"Whoever receives you receives me, and whoever receives me receives him who sent me. The one who receives a prophet because he is a prophet will receive a prophet's reward, and the one who receives a righteous person because he is a righteous person will receive a righteous person's reward. And whoever gives one of these little ones even a cup of cold water because he is a disciple, truly, I say to you, he will by no means lose his reward."
Be Accepting of God's People
ROMANS 15:5-7 AMP
Now may the God who gives endurance and who supplies encouragement grant that you be of the same mind with one another according to Christ Jesus, so that with one accord you may with one voice glorify and praise and honor the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, [continue to] accept and welcome one another, just as Christ has accepted and welcomed us to the glory of [our great] God.
We Are All God's People
Galatians 3:28-29 NLT
There is no longer Jew or Gentile, slave or free, male and female. For you are all one in Christ Jesus. And now that you belong to Christ, you are the true children of Abraham. You are his heirs, and God’s promise to Abraham belongs to you.