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Where Are We Involved?

November 1, 2015 Series: 6 Questions Every Church Should Ask

Topic: Vision & the Church Verse: Luke 1:13–17

“Where Are We Involved?"

Tina Marie Sloat | 11.01.15


Live by DESIGN not by DEFAULT.

DEFAULT: a selection made usually automatically or without active consideration.

DESIGN: a method worked out in advance for achieving some objective.

  • Game Plan
  • Road Map
  • Master Plan!

General Calling - Specific Calling

John The Baptist (Luke 1:13-17)
Paul (Galatians 1:15)
Jesus (Luke 1:32-33)

* Dream with God - Limitless Living!
Jesus’ example - He decided to “leave” Heaven and “go to” Earth

* Discern - Don’t Decide!
“I will instruct you and teach you in the way which you should go; I will
counsel you with My eye upon you.” - Psalm 32:8

Instruct - śâkal : To make wise, intelligent, make to understand
Teach - yârâh : To point out (as if by pointing the finger, or aiming an arrow)
Counsel - ya'ats : To deliberate or advise; give good advice

* Dare to Trust Him – No Excuses! (Jeremiah 1:4-5)
Align our perspective with God’s. “I am only a child” –vs– “I am a child”



Modern technology is amazing! The smallest of cell phones have robust capabilities that have the potential to assist us in many areas of life. However, most people have no idea of their phone's capacity, nor do they possess the ability to customize it for higher performance. Instead, many use their phone on the default setting.

How can this be similar when considering our spiritual influence in the world?

What would have to happen for us to commit to a “customized setting” for our lives, rather than continuing in the default setting?


Being followers of Christ, our goal is to become like Him in character and in deed. With that in mind, have you ever considered that Christ’s earthly ministry began with the decision live without limits? To “leave” heaven and “go to” to earth?

Can you think of a time when you lived “limitless” for Christ? What happened?

Are there areas of your life that you are placing limits on your ability to
influence others and change lives?


If you were to write out a God Bucket List, what kind of “out-of-the-box” things would be on it?

When thinking about discernment versus our own decisions, what precepts in Psalms 32:8 are encouraging to you?

What would it take to have clarity on what matters most in your life?

What one thing do you believe God is leading you to act on because of this message? When will you do it?

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