columbus has a name: purpose

 
 

SEPTEMBER 30, 2018

Our vision is to help Columbus find hope, follow Jesus, and give it away.

Our vision is for people.

“Columbus Has A Name” means to be known and loved with direction and purpose.

We all want to be known, loved, have purpose – and we are all looking for direction.

Review:

Believe – you are fully known and fully loved.

Receive – the love that God gave in Jesus – this is our ultimate hope.

Follow Jesus – through his teachings, people and spirit. He brings us home, back into a relationship with our heavenly Father. 

Today, there is a “Do” something…… 

“The meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose of life is to give it away.” - Pablo Picasso

Jesus replied: “ ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.” – Matthew 22:37-40 NIV

Let me give you a new command: Love one another. In the same way I loved you, you love one another. This is how everyone will recognize that you are my disciples—when they see the love you have for each other.” – John 13:34-35 MSG

You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love. For the entire law is fulfilled in keeping this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” – Galatians 5:13-14 NIV 

The story of God, history, and his creation has been described in these four words:

Creation – Fall – Redemption – Restoration.

So what does that mean and look like for us? Jesus said these words:

You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot. You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven. – Matthew 5:13-16 NIV

For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. – Ephesians 2:10 NIV

God has invited us to join him in the restoration of all things. 

So, “give it away” means to: Do good for others because God has been so good to us.

Doing good can mean so many things – based on where we are, what our passions are, and how God wired us. Paul gives us these words in a letter to one of the churches he wrote to:

My counsel for you is simple and straightforward: Just go ahead with what you’ve been given. You received Christ Jesus, the Master; now live him. You’re deeply rooted in him. You’re well constructed upon him. You know your way around the faith. Now do what you’ve been taught. School’s out; quit studying the subject and start living it! And let your living spill over into thanksgiving. – Colossians 2:6-7 MSG

Your purpose in life is to give away what has been given to you.

We have what we call “local good” partnerships in this city that are doing much good.

These partners have a name – and we want to come along side of them to serve, love, and give it away to our city.

However, let’s remember to give it away to the people closest to us as a priority.

Start at home.

This is what we WANT for our city – with names, stories, and lives – that matter.

Columbus Has A Name:

You are known

You are loved

You have direction

You have purpose