I. The Redeemer Vision (review)
A. Foundational commitments
B. Present ministry
C. Future hopes
D. Every member embracing the vision by giving, serving, and growing.
II. Embrace the Redeemer vision by growing
A. God calls us to spiritual growth for His glory
1. We grow spiritually by the Word of God
2. We grow spiritually by the Sacraments
3. We grow spiritually by prayer
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18 Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel,
who alone does wondrous things.
19 Blessed be his glorious name forever;
may the whole earth be filled with his glory!
Amen and Amen! (ESV)
1 Peter 3:17-18
17 For it is better to suffer for doing good, if that should be God’s will, than for doing evil.
18 For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive in the spirit, (ESV)
38 And Peter said to them, “Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. 39 For the promise is for you and for your children and for all who are far off, everyone whom the Lord our God calls to himself.” 40 And with many other words he bore witness and continued to exhort them, saying, “Save yourselves from this crooked generation.” 41 So those who received his word were baptized, and there were added that day about three thousand souls.
42 And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. (ESV)