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Reflect

Families, like individuals, have unique identities. And our church family is no different! Crossroads, too, has unique stories, traditions and experiences. This Sunday, join us for an important message about the mission and vision of our church, where we celebrate where we’ve been and gain momentum for all that God has for us going forward in 2020!

Realize

1. Our mission is simple: don’t forget who you are.

1 Peter 2:9-10
Leader Notes

  • If you’re in Christ, you’re holy and part of a holy nation because Jesus shares his holiness with us. When we forget who we are, we neglect to live into the reality of who we already are in Christ Jesus.
  • Our mission as individual believers and as the corporate body of Christ is simply to respond to Jesus. We all have pasts – our lives before Christ – and Jesus is the dividing marker between darkness and light in our lives.
    When we begin to walk with Jesus, the process of discipleship transforms our natural reactions into biblical responses. So then every difficult thing we navigate in life is an invitation to respond to Jesus, instead of just reacting to what’s going on.

Describe a time recently where you exercised self-control and didn’t do what would be your natural reaction, but you chose to respond biblically instead. How would you have handled that same situation in the past? What has changed in your life to transform your responses?

2.  As God’s special people, our vision is audacious.

1 Peter 2:9-10
Leader Notes

  • As Jesus transforms our natural reactions into biblical responses, he also leads us through life in ways we might not have chosen for ourselves. That is why we say our vision is “audacious” – it requires bravery!
  • To follow Jesus, we need to seek his vision for our lives and submit our own vision to his. When he begins to re-formulate our life vision, we have a choice: to step into the work he’s put in front of us to do, or…not. Following Jesus’ plan for our lives takes courage to persist in moments where we don’t know what God is doing. We’ve all faced those crossroads in our lives, where God has given us a commandment or an opportunity, and it’s scary because we don’t know where it will end up. It can feel like doing God’s will puts at risk what we want for our lives, but as God’s special people, he has nothing but good plans for us because he is a good God. So we can move forward in courage, trusting him.

If you’ve never sought God’s vision for your life before, take some time to pray and ask him for his specific vision for you. Whether this is an old or new consideration, what is one brave and audacious step God is asking you to take now to move forward in his vision for you?

3. Every saint has a future because our Lord is unstoppable.

1 Peter 2:9-10
Leader Notes

  • Everything we need to do as followers of Jesus (including everything we’ve covered today) is impossible unless we remember that our Lord is unstoppable. Our redemption and adoption into God’s family, in and of itself, is an impossible work for us on our own. But Jesus does the miraculous for us.
  • As we do the work of God, living out the mission of Jesus, he empowers us by the Spirit to do what would otherwise be impossible. The same is true for making the audacious choices required to live out God’s vision for our lives – the bravery necessary is too much for us on our own, but possible with God.

Name something you’re facing in life, or an aspect of following Jesus, that feels impossible right now. How does knowing that God is good and unstoppable transform your perspective of what you’re currently facing? How can you remind yourself of that truth in the midst of hardship?

Optional Follow-up Questions:

  • What makes you say that?
  • How do you feel about that?
  • How would you explain your answer to a non-Christian friend or neighbor?
  • Why did God design it to work that way? Why not just do (whatever else) instead?
  • What would you say to someone who disagrees with that?
  • Why do we really have to do it like that? Why can’t we just go (some other route) instead?