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Plant To Roots [Jay]

State of the Family 2012; Vision Sunday 2014; Foundationing Drexel Hill Church 2015

Cornerstone Christian

on 7 July 2018

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Transcript of Plant To Roots [Jay]

Ephesians is God's perspective of His Church:
God sees His Church as initiated by Him
God sees His Church as being for Christ
God sees His Church as dead without Him
God sees His Church as alive in Him
God sees His Church as reconciled to Him
God sees His Church as part of His story
God sees His Church as rooted in His love
God sees His Church as one in Him
God sees His Church gifted
God sees His Church alive
God sees His Church walking in love
God sees His Church clean
God sees His Church pure
God sees His Church beautiful and spotless
God sees His Church obedient
God sees His Church dignified
God sees His Church victorious
God sees His Church praying
God sees His Church peaceful and gracious

...that according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith—that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.
strengthened with power
filled with all the fullness of God
know the love of Christ
rooted and grounded in love
Church plants tend to run on emotion, momentum and milk of the Word. Rooted churches move from emotion to identity and from the milk of basic learning to the building of the body of Christ that is edification (what Peter calls " milk to meat").
Church plants are church-planter-centric, and appropriately so (this is how Paul planted churches). Rooted churches have diversified, inter-connected leadership through a web of apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors, teachers, elders and deacons (this is what Paul intended for churches).
Church plants engage outreach together for the purpose of connecting people to the Sunday morning gathering and from there, to other Kingdom ministries/service/outreach of the church, thus on some level, "church" is about the Sunday morning service. Rooted churches view the Sunday morning service as a time of corporate ministry to the Lord, and real "church" takes place outside of the Sunday morning gathering.
Church plants ask people to commit to Sunday mornings and possibly then something else (another Kingdom ministry/service/outreach) as God leads them. Rooted churches ask people to commit to identity (personal spiritual intimacy with Christ), ministry (appropriate application of spiritual gifts), stewardship (godly usage of His entrusted gifts and financial support of the work of the Church), and community (bearing one another's burdens, growing to maturity together). Sunday morning gatherings are a time of celebration when all of these things with all of these people come together for a corporate ministry to the Lord together. This is a biblically commanded time that is not to be forsaken and therefore, should be a no-brainer for the Christian.
God's perspective is reality.
Everything else is non-reality.
We cannot love the Head and hate the Body.
We will faithfully invite God to order our ministry and join Him in it by empowering and equipping life-giving leaders.
We will, at all costs, have Christ at our center.
We will adhere to biblical definitions of the
Church, church leadership and church structure.
Elder ministry is primarily two-fold:
protecting & guarding
vision & direction
Who are we?
what we do
what we believe
how we worship
spiritual history/heritage
hoped for descriptors
what we are not
you are living stones
you are a holy, royal priesthood,
you are a chosen race,
you are a holy nation
you are a people for God's
you are God's people
you are sojourners/exiles
Because of who we are,
what do we long to see?
people in the building
money in the budget
buildings on the land
programs flourishing
happy Christians
church stuff I like
the excellencies of the one
who called and named us
the work of our High Priest
the majesty of our King
the beauty of the Bridegroom
Because of who we are and what we
long to see, how are we commanded
and called to live?
be very busy
do what we've always done
keep up appearances
don't get too close
be holy and honorable
submit to authority
promote wisdom by doing good
live free as servants
love your spiritual family
fear God

VV is the Bride of Christ loving and following the Good Shepherd, growing to shepherd others.
VV longs to see transformed lives empowering the transformation of others by sharing the love of Jesus through the power of the Gospel.
The mission of VV is to make disciples by:

people toward relationship to Jesus

in our personal relationship with Jesus

one another to walk in Jesus

to the world with the Good News of Jesus


REPENT: an act of the mind on the part of a person that turns, aligns and submits itself to the mind of God.
This results in an act of the will on the part of a person that turns, aligns and submits itself to the will of God.

to see the same
as God sees

DEVOTE: a move of the heart that connects to and receives God's revealed heart for His people

True Need
Felt Need
Counseling Ministries
Ministries/ Experiential
Healing...true, deep, inner work
Rest...cease from striving, pace with God
Wholeness...shalom, connectedness
let Us make humans in our image...
to see the beauty of Jesus increase;
to make disciples
Vision and Mission
The idea is to bring these ministries -- all of which deeply prosper the vision and mission which God has spoken -- into a singular focus through the creation of a Healing For The Sake Of Christ Center.

This center will be stewarded, staffed and administrated by the body of Cornerstone Christian Fellowship.
Five-Fold Ministry Definitions:
Apostle: an authoritative connector; strong in gifts of
ministry and exhortation and relationally powerful
Prophet: one receives and declares the word of the Lord;
sees the world in black and white and stands for
truth at all costs
Evangelist: a person with an extraordinary passion for and
ability to communicate the Gospel infectiously to
the people of God
Pastor: a strong, patient nurturer of God's flock; one with the
ability to walk with and genuinely care for people and
their growth over the long haul
Teacher: an explainer of and light-bringer to God's Word; has
the ability to give people a strong structural framework
of truth on which to build their view of God, His Word
and themselves
For I do not want you to be unaware, brothers, that our fathers were all under the cloud, and all passed through the sea, and all were baptized into Moses in the cloud and in the sea, and all ate the same spiritual food, and all drank the same spiritual drink. For they drank from the spiritual Rock that followed them, and the Rock was Christ. - 1 Corinthians 10.1-4
God's governance is covenantal, and it is how He calls us to reflect our relationship(s) with Him and one another.
through the water to freedom
through the body and
blood to freedom
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