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PURPOSE STATEMENT. 2

Purpose Statement Elements. 2

Element #1: Enabled by the Holy Spirit 2

Element #2: We take Christ to all people. 6

Element #3: By Loving. 10

Element #4: By Loving God. 12

Element #5: By Loving Neighbor 14

Element #6: By Loving Self 16

 


PURPOSE STATEMENT

 

ENABLED BY THE HOLY SPIRIT WE TAKE CHRIST TO ALL PEOPLE BY LOVING GOD, NEIGHBOR, AND SELF.

 

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Purpose Statement Elements

 

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Element #1: Enabled by the Holy Spirit

 

We can get ourselves very confused when it comes to thinking about the Holy Spirit.


 


 


 

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Element #2: We take Christ to all people

 

The medicine has the power to heal, but is not able to do its work until we actually take the medicine and absorb it into our bodies.
Once we receive Christ into ourselves and our lives,
then we can be enabled by the Holy Spirit to take Christ to others.
Another image for receiving Christ is that of receiving a gift
(Christ is, after all, a gift from God).

·        The gift is offered

·        You must decide that you want to accept the gift

·        The gift is given

·        The gift only becomes yours when you accept and receive the gift.

You know how we are when we receive a ‘really good gift’ like a new power tool or a computer game:

·        We push all the other gifts aside

·        We tear open the packaging

·        We examine the contents

·        We read the instructions (unless it is a power tool, then guys just naturally know how to use it)

·        Then we find ways to use it

o       We spend time with it

o       We invent projects that require us to use it (tool)

o       We call up friends and talk about the details of it (game)

 


 


 


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Element #3: By Loving

 


 


 

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Element #4: By Loving God

 

This is all that God has chosen to tell us about Himself,
but this not all that God is. There is much, much more to God.
There is a lot of mystery surrounding God.
There is a lot of stuff about how God is and who God is that we do not know.
Is God trying to hide something from us?
No, God is not like us.
God reveals to us only what He knows we need to know about Him
and only what He knows we are able to handle.
God knows us and He knows our capacity to know Him is limited.
In fact, God knows what capacity each of us has to know how He is and who He is and He reveals Himself to us according to that individual capacity.
Our knowledge and understanding of God is unique to us and therefore should be developed individually by us with help from the Holy Spirit.

We can use input from others of their impressions of God, but in the end
we should develop our own relationship with God and understanding of how God is and who God is based on what God has given us to do that.


 


 

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Element #5: By Loving Neighbor

 


 

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Element #6: By Loving Self

 

In some ways these traits may be self-preservation tactics or what might be described as survival instincts. We are expected by ourselves and others to be ‘bread winners’. Many times, when we feel the pressure to perform, we may use these traits to cover up or hide our inadequacies. We put our trust in ourselves so we can be in control of our lives, our relationships, and our world.
Who better to be in control and to trust these things to than ourselves?


 

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