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2/11/18 Sermon : Vision Sunday

If you’ve ever wondered what The Source Church Wichita is all about, have a watch and find out! Or, listen below.

About The Source

A ministry to the body of Christ.

The Source Wichita is a ministry to the body of Christ in our city. We are a discipling, equipping and sending ministry embracing our roles and calls as we partner in unity with the body of Christ in the city and world. We are a Disciple Community with Disciple Nations, connected relationally by kingdom values while being an independent ministry. View our gathering and class schedule here.

Our heart beats for 7 key areas:

Functioning in UNITY in the body of Christ.
DISCIPLING the body of Christ.
EQUIPPING the body of Christ.
SENDING the body of Christ.
Using our gifts to instill IDENTITY in the body of Christ.
CONNECTING the body of Christ.
Being a REFUGE for the body of Christ.

Kingdom. We’re all about the Kingdom of God! We want to see THE CHURCH built in our city. We exist to utilize our gifts, calls and roles to serve the body of Christ in Wichita. Our success is found in functioning in who God has called us to be, and using those giftings outside of titles and paychecks for the WHOLE body in Wichita. We are here to partner in unity as we live out the mission Jesus has given us to reach all nations with his gospel, and to not only share the gospel, but also our lives.

BLOG: Functional Ministry

Functional ministry. This may not be a phrase that you’ve ever heard before, it certainly was not for me when I heard it. A while back in the wee hours of the morning, around 3 am to be exact, I woke up from my sleep and immediately between that awake and conscious place and the asleep and dreaming place I heard the phrase “functional ministry”. The first place I sought to find understanding of what this meant was on a Facebook forum of church planters. After having asked what they thought this meant I received the comment: “It’s better than dysfunctional ministry!”. Haha. Okay okay.

 

I have to give a bit of background before I type forward. Around October 2017, I began to sense from the Lord that we were going to be moving back into a Sunday morning gathering time, away from Sunday evenings. For me, this was a big deal. BECAUSE I’d been on a one-year “sabbatical” as some would say. Basically, the Lord allowed me to find a place of rest and refueling at our Sunday evening gatherings. This meant that I was not to use that gathering time as a platform for weekly teaching. It didn’t mean that teaching didn’t happen, it meant that I was not to take on the task of weekly sermon planning, series teaching or putting any work on my shoulders to try and make Sunday evenings a certain, anything. During this time, this year “off”, the Lord restored my soul. He poured into my identity as a son of God. He showed me my worth apart from being a teacher, or leader, or pastor. And guess what, the church didn’t die. Our community of believers continued to grow in deeper relationship with one another.

 

As the Lord began to impress upon me the move of our gathering to a Sunday morning time, this also meant that I’d be stepping back into my roles in teaching and leading. It meant a lot of things. In the past, I’d come from a place of being overworked, exhausted, carrying a load that was never mine to carry, and many other unhealthy things that young, eager leaders allow themselves to bear. I believe what the Lord did in this past year was prepare me for what was to come. To step back into my gifted roles in the body.

 

Now, having many thoughts and opinions on the way “church” is “done”, ( bear with my use of air quotes, not everything means the same thing to everyone, and some words have no business being utilized in sentences with other words ) I was worried that what we would start would turn into the same old thing that we’ve always done. Quite frankly, what most everyone else is doing. I get that it’s different all around because of the heart behind the matter, but I wanted it to accomplish something. To be something that accomplishes something. This is where this phrase comes in.

 

adjective: functional

— of or having a special activity, purpose, or task; relating to the way in which something works or operates.

— designed to be practical and useful, rather than attractive.

*Thanks to Google Dictionary.

 

There it is! The Lord gave it to me. “Of or having a special activity, PURPOSE or task”. AND, “designed to be practical and useful, rather than attractive.” YES!!!!

Functional Ministry is meant to accomplish a purpose. It will do something, and be something. A useful, purpose-filled MINISTRY. Ministry meaning: service, like waiting a table. It’s involved, servant-led servant-hearted selfless purposeful time together, growing in the Lord, loving each other and preparing for our ministry in our respective, daily life contexts.

 

AND, it’s not designed to be attractive. But wait, what if we turn people off? What if visitors don’t come back? You should certainly put some thought and strategy into the way things look, feel, smell, sound, and attract people to what you’re doing! Well, my friends, functional ministry doesn’t start with building something that you think is going to attract the masses, it starts with function in mind. As we’ve heard it, form follows function. What it becomes will be determined by what purpose it accomplishes, not the other way around. We don’t build a ministry to look and sound and feel a certain way so that we know people will want to come.

 

Jesus did just about everything he could do to get people to not follow Him. I know that sounds crazy. But he was sifting people out of the disciple dish once the crowds got larger. The function of his ministry would not take on a form of phonies. He wanted the people following him to be in. In like Flynn. Not there for the wrong reasons. Not there because he gave them food, or performed many miracles. He laid out the cost of being a disciple, and many turned away. Jesus could have a set up beautiful, earthly kingdom had he desired. He’d have put Solomon to shame. You think that guy did it up? If Jesus wanted to build a ministry that attracted people because of how beautiful the temple was, he could have. You get the point.

 

Functional ministry. This is our heart for our Sunday morning gatherings. We will seek the Spirit’s leading as to how to minister right then and there as we are together. I could teach for hours on why you should, for instance, forgive your brother if he wrongs you. I could talk all about how it hurts you, it hurts them, if you don’t forgive then the love of the Father is not in you, etc. etc. There you are, sitting in the gathering feeling terrible about unforgiveness. You hear “See you next week!” and you get up and leave the building, unforgiveness still existing deep within your heart.

 

Imagine then, if you will, this scenario. You hear me teach about unforgiveness and the Holy Spirit is showing you where it lives in your heart. Then you hear me say “Now we’re going to lead you into a time where we will approach the throne of grace, to receive mercy and grace in your time of need.” And as we lead into this prayer time, you, right where you are begin to engage in conversation in your heart, led by the Spirit in you, with the Father and you present to Him all of your unforgiveness. You hear us remind you that you are covered by the blood of the lamb, and that all of the unforgiveness you just confessed guilty to is washed away because you’re in Christ. Although you are guilty because of your actions, you’re deemed NOT GUILTY because of the actions of Jesus on your behalf. What freedom! This, my friend, is functional ministry.

 

We invite you to join us at Disciple Community where we seek the heart and face of the Father. We approach the throne to receive our grace and mercy in our time of need. We walk in with heavy hearts and convicted consciousness, except we leave cleansed and unburdened because what we just experienced accomplished the freedom in the Lord that scripture speaks of. It did what it was supposed to do, and that is what makes it attractive.

 

Disciple Community at The Source Wichita meets Sunday mornings at 11 am at 445 N. Market, followed by lunch.

AUDIO: Kingdom Equipping Teaching – The Word Cuts & Heals 12/3/17 at the Source Wichita

James teaches us about the Word of God cutting and healing at the same time. Stephanie leads us in a time of allowing the Lord to do that work in us.

VIDEO: Lynn & DJ Baptism – 11/19/17 at The Source Church Wichita

An honor to celebrate baptism with Lynn & DJ! We love our Church on the Street family!

VIDEO: James & Stephanie Jordan Trip Report – 11/12/17 at The Source Church Wichita

James & Stephanie share about their trip to Jordan with Kingdom Equipping at the Source Wichita.

VIDEO: Awaken The Dawn Testimony – 10/15/17 at The Source Church Wichita

Kimb & Jason share their takeaways from Awaken The Dawn in Washington DC.

VIDEO: Experiencing Jesus in the Scriptures – 10/1/17 at The Source Wichita

Tim Harder w/ Kingdom Equipping walks us through experiencing Jesus through the Scriptures as did the men on the road to Emaus w/ Christ.

Download the PDF of “A Burning Heart Encounter Worksheet” here.

 

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VIDEO: Jesus wants us to KNOW Him. 9/3/17 at The Source Church Wichita

We can DO anything and everything "In the name of Jesus" yet never know Jesus. Jesus invites us to KNOW Him. We can look the part and not have the heart. Take a listen and heed the invitation from Jesus to KNOW Him.

AUDIO: A Gifted Community. Guest Speaker at Gospel Community Church in Hastings, Nebraska

Jason Villanueva speaking at Gospel Community Church in Hastings, Nebraska on the topic of being a gifted community.

A gifted community is a community filled with the Holy Spirit.

Acts 1:8
But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”

Spiritual gifts are an indicator of the power of the Holy Spirit in you to be a witness, and we don’t just testify to unbelievers, but we build up believers in testimony as well.

Romans 8:11 – And if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies because of his Spirit who lives in you.

You ARE the chosen vessel to carry Christ’s love and power and ADMINISTER it into the earth to those who need it!

Romans 12:3-9
3 For by the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think with sober judgment, each according to the measure of faith that God has assigned. 4 For as in one body we have many members, and the members do not all have the same function, 5 so we, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another. 6 Having gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, in proportion to our faith; 7 if service, in our serving; the one who teaches, in his teaching; 8 the one who exhorts, in his exhortation; the one who contributes, in generosity; the one who leads, with zeal; the one who does acts of mercy, with cheerfulness. 9 Let love be genuine. Abhor what is evil; hold fast to what is good.

Gifts are not forced responses of the flesh, but natural responses of the Spirit through you.

The gift that comes out of you in a time where Jesus is needed, is Jesus coming out of you!

When the entire body is functioning in their gifts, as led by the Spirit, then JESUS if FULLY MANIFESTED in that place where a fullness of His love is needed.

DONT GET GIFT ENVY.

For as in one body we have many members, and the members do not all have the same function, 5 so we, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another.

Pray for the shift.