First Presbyterian Church of Conrad, IA

New Beginnings

Acts 1:8, 2:42-47

"'(8) But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.'"

"(42) They devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. (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. (46) Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, (47) praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved."

New Beginnings

1. The New Mission

a) Witness to the local community
- Defining "Jerusalem"
- Who is my neighbor?
- How we witness to our family
- How we witness to our neighbors

b) Witness to the regional community
- Our witness in Iowa
- Our witness in the upper Midwest
- Clearly identifying with a mission(s)
- Creatively getting involved

c) Witness to the global community
- Your witness nationally
- Your witness internationally
- "Outside the box" thinking for participation

2. Tools for the New Mission

a) The Holy Spirit
- Divine "eyes" to see opportunities
- Power to overcome obstacles
- Finding the "merging spirit zone"

b) Growing your relationship with God
- Studying the Bible, its application to everyday live
- Prayer - conversation with God (especially focus on listening to God)
- Developing trust, becoming trustworthy

c) Fellowship
- The joy, energy of being together
- The gift of laughter, sharing
- The empathy of sharing tears
- Origin of the pot "luck" or pot "providence"

3. Service: The Attitude of Mission

a) Modeling a service lifestyle
- Setting the example of service
- Creatively seeking to Serve
- Meeting needs as our DNA

b) Privilege of providing for others
- Living with "loose fingers"
- Remembering to Whom the "stuff" belongs
- The "no-big-deal" IS a "big-deal"

c) Developing your mission plan
- Where are you/will you be invested?
- "Owning" your mission involvement
- Join the exciting adventure

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