Pastor Steve Williams and Pastor Shane Ham : The Way Forward for NorthPointe

VISION · 49:57 · Recorded July 26, 2020

The Way Forward for NorthPointe

Ephesians 3:16-21 (TEV) “I ask God from the wealth of his glory to give you power through his Spirit to be strong in your inner selves, and I pray that Christ will make his home in your hearts through faith. I pray that you may have your roots and foundation in love, so that you, together with all God’s people, may have the power to understand how broad and long, how high and deep, is Christ’s love. Yes, may you come to know his love—although it can never be fully known—and so be completely filled with the very nature of God. To him who by means of his power working in us is able to do so much more than we can ever ask for, or even think of: to God be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus for all time, forever and ever! Amen.”

Our Church’s vision for pastoral ministry

1. Eternal purposes, not personalities drive our Church.

Church health, not growth is our focus.

Isaiah 61:3 (NRSV) They will be called oaks of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, to display his glory.

The people are the greatest legacy of our ministry.

1 Thessalonians 2:19-20 (ICB) For you are our hope, our joy, and the crown we will be proud of when our Lord Jesus Christ comes. Truly you are our glory and our joy.

2 Corinthians 3:2-3 (MSG) You yourselves are all the endorsement we need. Your very lives are a letter that anyone can read by just looking at you. Christ himself wrote it—not with ink, but with God’s living Spirit; not chiseled into stone, but carved into human lives—and we publish it.

2. Biblical leaders were appointed, not just elected or hired.

Acts 14:23 (NLT) Paul and Barnabas also appointed elders in every church. With prayer and fasting, they turned the elders over to the care of the Lord, in whom they had put their trust.

Titus 1:5 (ESV) This is why I left you in Crete, so that you might put what remained into order, and appoint elders in every town as I directed you.

Leaders must serve their way into leadership.

Matthew 20:25-28 (NLT) “You know that the rulers in this world lord it over their people, and officials flaunt their authority over those under them. But among you it will be different. Whoever wants to be a leader among you must be your servant…For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve others and to give his life as a ransom for many.”

3. Teams of leaders are always preferred.

1 Peter 5:1-3 (NIV) To the elders among you, I appeal as a fellow elder, …Be shepherds of God’s flock that is under your care, serving as overseers – not because you must, but because you are willing, as God wants you to be; not greedy for money, but eager to serve; not lording it over those entrusted to you, but being examples to the flock.

“Bishop”: responsibility given;

“Pastor”: ministry style adopted;

“Elder”: spiritual maturity required.

4. The Church’s future always matters most.

2 Kings 20:16-19 (NLT) “Listen to this message from the LORD: The time is coming when everything in your palace—all the treasures stored up by your ancestors until now—will be carried off to Babylon. Nothing will be left, says the LORD. Some of your very own sons will be taken away into exile…” Then Hezekiah said to Isaiah, “This message you have given me from the LORD is good.” For the king was thinking, “At least there will be peace and security during my lifetime.”

5. God builds & blesses his work through transitions.

2 Timothy 2:2 (TEV) Take the teachings that you heard me proclaim in the presence of many witnesses, and entrust them to reliable people, who will be able to teach others also.

Our conviction: NorthPointe’s greatest days are still to come!

  • How has your thinking about vision been challenged or enhanced during this series? (How will you think of it differently from now on?)

  • What about the vision for NorthPointe Steve and Shane talked about excites you? Intrigues you to learn more? Scares or concerns you to be praying and working more?

  • What passages of scripture from this message spoke to you most powerfully? Were there other scriptures or Biblical examples that came to mind as you listened to the message?

  • Read 1 Corinthians 13:13. How have you seen faith, hope and love exemplified in NorthPointe’s story? How does that challenge you to live out these three virtues in your own life?

  • This message emphasized the power of working in teams. How has your spiritual growth and journey benefited from “teaming up” with others?

  • How do you feel prompted to pray for our leaders and for our Church as a result of this message?

  • 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.

  • We Praise You

  • The Blessing

  • King Of Kings

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