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Pastor Steve Williams : From Our Past Into Our Future

Transition · 39:01 · Recorded October 25, 2020

From Our Past Into Our Future

Revelation 3:7-8 (NAS) “He who is holy, who is true, who has the key of David, who opens and no one will shut, and who shuts and no one opens, says this: ‘I know your deeds. Behold, I have put before you an open door which no one can shut, because you have a little power, and have kept my word, and have not denied my name.’”

What’s driving NorthPointe:

We’re celebrating God’s presence.

We’re educating God’s people.

We’re demonstrating God’s love.

We’re communicating God’s message.

Matthew 28:19-20 (NIV) “Go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

Luke 16:16 (CSB) “Good news of the kingdom of God has been proclaimed, and everyone is urgently invited to enter it.”

Our Church’s Mission
We’re creating a positive faith environment where non-church goers will be encouraged to become fully-developing followers of Jesus Christ at every stage of life.

Why “Northwest Nate & Natalie” matter to us

A style that serves our mission

Using positive motivation.

1 Corinthians 13:13 (NLT) Three things will last forever—faith, hope, and love—and the greatest of these is love.

Providing practical Bible teaching.

1 Thessalonians 2:13 (NLT) We never stop thanking God that when you received his message from us, you didn’t think of our words as mere human ideas. You accepted what we said as the very word of God—which, of course, it is. And this word continues to work in you who believe.

Keeping user-friendly ministry structures.

Some key NPCC transitions:

• A “preaching point” established – 1988

• From a “niche” to a neighborhood Church – 1990’s

• A “Fold up” becomes a “build out” – 1998-2008

• A regional reach to a “mega-church” development – 2008-present
Congregational deepening, ministry broadening & extending

• Connecting cultural relevance and Biblical accuracy.

Matthew 24:35 (CSB) “Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away.”

Accepting people as they are while inviting them to go deeper with Jesus.

Ephesians 4:11-12 (CEB) He gave some apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers. His purpose was to equip God’s people for the work of serving and building up the body of Christ.

A River Runs Through It

Community

Curious

Casual

Consistent

Convinced

Committed

Contagious

  • What brought you to NorthPointe Church for the first time? What brought you back?

  • What part of this week’s message did you find yourself identifying with the most? Was there a part you’d like to understand better?

  • Review the 5 eternal purposes that are to drive our Church and our lives. What verses or scriptural teachings can you point to for each of the 5?

  • Review the “River Runs Through It” diagram. Can you describe some of your own journey with Jesus from “Curious” toward becoming one of the “Contagious”? How do you feel Jesus may be calling you to go deeper with him right now?

  • What’s been the most memorable or lasting thing about your experience with NorthPointe Church that has made a real difference in your walk with Jesus as his disciple?

  • What excites you most about NorthPointe’s future? Makes you most anxious? Challenges you personally? How can you and your group pray about these?

  • Parents – Check out the information on our kid’s page at northpointe.org/kids where you’ll find info on Sunday services and family resources to help you as you navigate this current season.

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