No matter who you are- if you are born again, you have a place in the Body of Christ to make disciples of the nations. Today, you will learn how to fulfill the goal of MPI and bear lasting fruit that will bring glory to the Father!
John 15:12-17, “12 My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. 13 Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. 14 You are my friends if you do what I command. 15 I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you.
16 You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit— fruit that will last— and so that whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you. 17 This is my command: Love each other.”
HOW VS. WHY
WHY WE SHOULD HAVE A GOAL
HOW WE CAN ACCOMPLISH OUR GOAL
Acts 2:42-47, “42 They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching [Discipleship and Bible College] and to fellowship [Fellowship], to the breaking of bread and to prayer [Prayer Meetings]. 43 Everyone was filled with awe at the many wonders and signs performed by the apostles. 44 All the believers were together and had everything in common. 45 They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need [Community Service].
46 Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts [Services]. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts [Life Groups], 47 praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved [Evangelism, Church Planting, and Mission Trips].”
The following is a list of each of the ten ministries listed above with a brief explanation:
- SERVICES: A time of fellowship, prayer, worship, and preaching.
- LIFE GROUPS: A time of fellowship and Bible study in the home.
- FELLOWSHIP: A time to get together and have fun and fellowship.
- DISCIPLESHIP: A time of being mentored and discipled to live like Jesus.
- PRAYER MEETINGS: A time to pray and worship God together.
- COMMUNITY SERVICE: A time to serve the community with various programs such as “After School Programs,” “Adult Learning Centers,” “Food Pantries,” “Prison Outreaches,” and “ESL Classes.”
- EVANGELISM: A time of preaching God’s Word to the lost.
- BIBLE COLLEGE: A time to get trained to operate in the five-fold ministry.
- CHURCH PLANTING: A time to plan and plant new churches.
- MISSION TRIPS: A time to travel and preach the gospel.
At MPI church when you are faithful to our strategy of “Connect, Mentor, Send” you literally fulfill the duties of all ten ministries and help us achieve our goal! For example:
- CONNECT: (1) Services, (2) Life Groups, & (3) Fellowship
- MENTOR: (4) Discipleship, (5) Prayer Meetings, & (6) Community Service
- SEND: (7) Evangelism, (8) Bible College, (9) Church Planting, & (10) Mission Trips
THE BODY OF CHRIST
- 1 Corinthians 12:12-27, “12 Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ. 13 For we were all baptized by one Spirit so as to form one body—whether Jews or Gentiles, slave or free —and we were all given the one Spirit to drink. 14 Even so the body is not made up of one part but of many. 15 Now if the foot should say, “Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body,” it would not for that reason stop being part of the body. 16 And if the ear should say, “Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body,” it would not for that reason stop being part of the body. 17 If the whole body were an eye, where would the sense of hearing be? If the whole body were an ear, where would the sense of smell be? 18 But in fact God has placed the parts in the body, every one of them, just as he wanted them to be. 19 If they were all one part, where would the body be? 20 As it is, there are many parts, but one body. 21 The eye cannot say to the hand, “I don’t need you!” And the head cannot say to the feet, “I don’t need you!” 22 On the contrary, those parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable, 23 and the parts that we think are less honorable we treat with special honor. And the parts that are unpresentable are treated with special modesty, 24 while our presentable parts need no special treatment. But God has put the body together, giving greater honor to the parts that lacked it, 25 so that there should be no division in the body, but that its parts should have equal concern for each other. 26 If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it. 27 Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it.”
- Ephesians 4:11-13, “11 So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, 12 to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up 13 until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.”
- Illustration, “Body of Christ”
ENCOURAGEMENT TO GIVE YOUR ALL
- Colossians 1:29, “To this end I strenuously contend with all the energy Christ so powerfully works in me.”
- Philippians 4:13, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”
Do all the good you can. By all the means you can. In all the ways you can. In all the places you can. At all the times you can. To all the people you can. As long as ever you can,” John Wesley.