20 Christ-centered communities in the next 10 years
If we step away from our values, it will have catastrophic results, no matter how old we are.
“I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. 2 He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful. 3 You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you. 4 Remain in me, and I will remain in you. 4 No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me. 5 “I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. 6 If anyone does not remain in me, he is like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned. 7 If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be given you. 8 This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples. 9 “As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love. 10 If you obey my commands, you will remain in my love . . . 12 My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you.
6 . . .“A man had a fig tree, planted in his vineyard, and he went to look for fruit on it, but did not find any. 7 So he said to the man who took care of the vineyard, ‘For three years now I’ve been coming to look for fruit on this fig tree and haven’t found any. Cut it down! Why should it use up the soil?’ 8 “ ‘Sir,’ the man replied, ‘leave it alone for one more year, and I’ll dig around it and fertilize it. 9 If it bears fruit next year, fine! If not, then cut it down.’ ”
Forgiveness—we receive God’s grace that changes our status with God.
Presence of the Holy Spirit—when faith is put in Jesus, His spirit comes to live in you.
Fruit of the Spirit
22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.
1 Corinthians 12:7-10, 28
Am I connected to Jesus?
Am I serving?
We believe when we partner together by leveraging our time, talent and treasures, we can best represent Jesus to the world.
“ALIVE is my church” should be followed with, “And here is how I am part of representing Jesus to a lost and broken world.”
13 Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends. 14 You are my friends if you do what I command.