Connecting 8: Intentionally

Series  Overview: This 4-week series is centered on Intentionally living on mission as we’re connecting with Jesus, the church, and our community. Clearly seeing that God wants to work through us, we are invited to intentionally get in the game.  We don’t have to clearly know all of the details of the game plan to answer “Now what?” We can trust our captain and just take the next step.  With the actual race in view, we can fend off distractions and stay the course.  And even when others misunderstand, we can stay on message, trusting God alone, who is the one who changes even unwilling hearts.  In the Book of Acts we see Paul and the early disciples challenged in ways we are familiar with.  We can be encouraged to live Intentionally, as they did.

Intentionally, part 4: Stay on Message
Pastor Jeff Meyer

Focus:  The experience of not being understood or being deliberately misunderstood is very frustrating, but it doesn’t have to be hopeless. It can drive us to prayer, not despair. After all, as Paul knew, no one was more determined to misunderstand as he was, yet God got through.

Main Text: Acts 17:1–15


Intentionally, part 3: Stay the Course
Pastor Matt Wipperman

Focus:  Living a distracted life, a life that is aimed wrong or not aimed at all, expresses that God and his priorities are not supremely important; something else deserves our attention. That’s the definition of idolatry. These events from Paul’s time in Philippi are a good case study in focus, living an undistracted life. Few of the things that Paul does here are a rule that is always to be followed or even that he himself always followed. But everything was a moment-by-moment adjustment to shifting and surprising circumstances with his focused objective of proclaiming the gospel always in mind.

Main Text: Acts 16:11–40


Intentionally, part 2: Now What
Pastor Jeff Meyer

Focus:  In general, God’s way of communicating with his own people is to be clear but frequently to be incomplete. We experience confusion not because He cannot be understood and obeyed but because it leaves questions that he isn’t ready to answer.  Satan often tries to twist God’s incompleteness into untrustworthiness. He turns people’s confusion about what God did not say into confusion about what God clearly did say. The essence of faith in these times is to believe and act on what God said without getting distracted by what God did not say, trusting that further instructions will come when needed.

Main Text: Acts 16:6–10


Intentionally, part 1: Get in the Game
Pastor Matt Wipperman

Focus:  God needs you, and no one else will do. It’s not because He’s weak or lacking. It’s because His goal is to make a perfect world with you in it, so He can’t do it without you. Or put another way, His goal isn’t just to make a perfect world but to make a perfect world with your involvement. Doing it on His own does not accomplish that goal. So you are needed; you have purpose; you are important.  

Main Text: Acts 16:1–5