And what do you benefit if you gain the whole world but lose your own soul? Is anything worth more than your soul? Matthew 16:26
All athletes are disciplined in their training. They do it to win a prize that will fade away, but we do it for an eternal prize. So I run with purpose in every step. I am not just shadowboxing. I discipline my body like an athlete, training it to do what it should. Otherwise, I fear that after preaching to others I myself might be disqualified. 1 Corinthians 9:25-27
8. WE ARE SOLEY MOTIVATED TO POPULATE HEAVEN
We live and breathe the Great Commission and will do anything short of sin to see people accept the gift of Jesus in their lives!
When Jesus heard this, he told them, “Healthy people don’t need a doctor—sick people do. I have come to call not those who think they are righteous, but those who know they are sinners.” Mark 2:17
"The church is not a museum of saints, but a hospital for sinners." Ann Landers
➡ WE UNDERSTAND THAT EVERY PERSON MATTERS TO GOD.
He does not want anyone to be destroyed, but wants everyone to repent. 2 Peter 3:9
➡ WE UNDERSTAND THAT WE MUST BREAK A FEW RULES.
When I am with those who are weak, I share their weakness, for I want to bring the weak to Christ. Yes, I try to find common ground with everyone, doing everything I can to save some. I do everything to spread the Good News and share in its blessings. 1 Corinthians 9:22-23
➡ WE UNDERSTAND THAT WE WILL DO WHATEVER IT TAKES.
When Jesus returned to Capernaum several days later, the news spread quickly that he was back home. Soon the house where he was staying was so packed with visitors that there was no more room, even outside the door. While he was preaching God’s word to them, four men arrived carrying a paralyzed man on a mat. They couldn’t bring him to Jesus because of the crowd, so they dug a hole through the roof above his head. Then they lowered the man on his mat, right down in front of Jesus. Seeing their faith, Jesus said to the paralyzed man, “My child, your sins are forgiven.” Mark 2:1-5
9. WE PASSIONATELY PURSUE THE VISION
God has given us a big vision that is much bigger than ourselves and we are passionate about creating a culture that desires to see that vision become reality.
God’s purpose in all this was to use the church to display his wisdom in its rich variety to all the unseen rulers and authorities in the heavenly places. Ephesians 3:10
The thief’s purpose is to steal and kill and destroy. My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life. “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd sacrifices his life for the sheep. John 10:10-11
WE WILL GO FROM ATTENDERS TO INVITERS.
The LORD is close to the brokenhearted; he rescues those whose spirits are crushed. Psalms 34:18
Two people are better off than one, for they can help each other succeed. If one person falls, the other can reach out and help. But someone who falls alone is in real trouble; A person standing alone can be attacked and defeated, but two can stand back-to-back and conquer. Three are even better, for a triple-braided cord is not easily broken. Ecclesiastes 4:9-10;12
Confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and produces wonderful results. James 5:16
WE WILL COMMIT TO AN AUTHENTIC COMMUNITY
It’s in Christ that we find out who we are and what we are living for. Long before we first heard of Christ and got our hopes up, he had his eye on us, had designs on us for glorious living, part of the overall purpose he is working out in everything and everyone. Ephesians 1:11-12 MSG
WE WILL DISCOVER OUR UNIQUE DESIGN
MAKE A DIFFERENCE
But my life is worth nothing to me unless I use it for finishing the work assigned me by the Lord Jesus—the work of telling others the Good News about the wonderful grace of God. Acts 20:24
WE WILL PARTNER WITH EACH OTHER TO POPULATE HEAVEN.
Anyone who builds on that foundation may use a variety of materials—gold, silver, jewels, wood, hay, or straw. But on the judgment day, fire will reveal what kind of work each builder has done. The fire will show if a person’s work has any value. If the work survives, that builder will receive a reward. But if the work is burned up, the builder will suffer great loss. The builder will be saved, but like someone barely escaping through a wall of flames. 1 Corinthians 3:12-15
YOU CAN EITHER BE INFLUENCED OR BE INFLUENTIAL.
“You are the salt of the earth. But what good is salt if it has lost its flavor? Can you make it salty again? It will be thrown out and trampled underfoot as worthless. “You are the light of the world—like a city on a hilltop that cannot be hidden. No one lights a lamp and then puts it under a basket. Instead, a lamp is placed on a stand, where it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father. Matthew 5:13-16
YOUR TITLE MAKES YOU A MANAGER, BUT YOUR PEOPLE MAKE YOU A LEADER.
1. WE FIND CONFIDENCE IN AUTHENTICITY
2. WE HUNGER FOR GROWTH
3. WE GRASP THAT EXCELLENCE REFLECTS CHARACTER
4. WE LAVISH OUR GENEROSITY
5. WE ARE SERVANT LEADERS.
"Whoever wants to be a leader among you must be your servant.” -Jesus. It is not about us, but the people we lead and we spend our energy inspiring and empowering them.
“Only a life lived in the service of others is worth living” Albert Einstein
Before the Passover celebration, Jesus knew that his hour had come to leave this world and return to his Father. He had loved his disciples during his ministry on earth, and now he loved them to the very end. Jesus knew that the Father had given him authority over everything and that he had come from God and would return to God. So he got up from the table, took off his robe, wrapped a towel around his waist, and poured water into a basin. Then he began to wash the disciples’ feet, drying them with the towel he had around him; After washing their feet, he put on his robe again and sat down and asked, “Do you understand what I was doing? You call me ‘Teacher’ and ‘Lord,’ and you are right, because that’s what I am. And since I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you ought to wash each other’s feet. I have given you an example to follow. Do as I have done to you. I tell you the truth, slaves are not greater than their master. Nor is the messenger more important than the one who sends the message. Now that you know these things, God will bless you for doing them. John 13:1;3-5;12-17
✓ SERVING STARTS WITH ME.
Be an example to all believers in what you say, in the way you live, in your love, your faith, and your purity. 1 Timothy 4:12
✓ SERVING STARTS WITH BEING FAITHFUL WITH THE SECRET OPPORTUNITIES.
“You can map out a fight plan or a life plan. But when the action starts, you’re down to your reflexes. Thats where your road work shows. If you cheated on that in the dark morning, you’re getting found out now under the bright lights.” Joe Frazier
✓ SERVING STARTS WITH THE INSIGNIFICANT AREAS EVERYONE ELSE IGNORES.
If you think you are too important to help someone, you are only fooling yourself. You are not that important. Galatians 6:3
GREAT OPPORTUNITIES OFTEN DISGUISE THEMSELVES IN SMALL TASKS.
6. WE ARE SOLUTION-ORIENTED.
Anyone can identify a problem, but leaders identify solutions. A problem is just an opportunity for growth and a step to the next level as we discover the solution.
The number one predictor of success is grit, the ability to overcome adversity, challenges, obstacles that ultimately create our success. – Jon Gordon
EASE AND COMFORT ARE THE ENEMIES OF GRIT.
Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. James 1:2-4
✓ WE GATHER THE FACTS.
“What a shame—yes, how stupid!—to decide before knowing the facts!” Proverbs 18:13 TLB
✓ WE ARE OPEN TO NEW IDEAS.
“The intelligent man is always open to new ideas. In fact, he looks for them.” Proverbs 18:15 TLB
✓ WE LEAN ON GOD.
"If you want favor with both God and man, and a reputation for good judgment and common sense, then trust the Lord completely; don't ever trust yourself. In everything you do, put God first, and He will direct you and crown your efforts with success.” Proverbs 3:4-6, TLB
7. WE ARE UNAPOLOGETICALLY LOYAL-
We are more than a team we are family and we love, respect, support, and defend each other in that way.
WE DO NOT ALLOW NEGATIVE THOUGHTS AND WORDS TO BECOME A PUBLIC SPECTACLE.
✓ I WILL FIRST GO DIRECTLY TO THE PERSON INVOLVED AND NO ONE ELSE.
“If a brother sins against you, go to him privately and confront him with his fault. If he listens and confesses it, you have won back a brother. But if not, then take one or two others with you and go back to him again Matthew 18:15-16 TLB
✓ I WILL NOT HANG OUT WITH NEGATIVE PEOPLE.
“Bad company corrupts good character.” 1 Corinthians 15:33
I WILL SPEAK WORDS OF LIFE.
“The tongue has the power of life and death” Proverbs 18:21
OUR MISSION IS TOO IMPORTANT, AND OUR WORDS TOO POWERFUL, TO SPEAK CARELESSLY AND RISK DAMAGING PEOPLE.
1. WE FIND CONFIDENCE IN AUTHENTICITY.
2. WE HUNGER FOR GROWTH.
For we naturally love to do evil things that are just the opposite from the things that the Holy Spirit tells us to do; and the good things we want to do when the Spirit has his way with us are just the opposite of our natural desires. These two forces within us are constantly fighting each other to win control over us, and our wishes are never free from their pressures. Galatians 5:17 TLB
WE ARE NOT CONSUMERS, WE ARE CONTRIBUTORS. THE CHURCH DOES NOT EXIST FOR US; WE EXIST FOR THE WORLD!
God’s marvelous grace imparts to each one of us varying gifts and ministries that are uniquely ours. So if God has given you the grace-gift of prophecy, you must activate your gift by using the proportion of faith you have to prophesy. If your grace-gift is serving, then thrive in serving others well. If you have the grace-gift of teaching, then be actively teaching and training others. If you have the grace-gift of encouragement, then use it often to encourage others. If you have the grace-gift of giving to meet the needs of others, then may you prosper in your generosity without any fanfare. If you have the gift of leadership, be passionate about your leadership. And if you have the gift of showing compassion, then flourish in your cheerful display of compassion. Romans 12:6-8 TPT
CHURCH WAS NEVER MEANT TO BE A SPECTATOR SPORT.
3. WE GRASP THAT EXCELLENCE REFLECTS CHARACTER.
We will be stewards of the blessings we have been given and honor God and the people of Bloom by giving our absolute best.
“If a man is called to be a street sweeper, he should sweep streets even as Michelangelo painted…that all of the hosts of heaven and earth will pause to say, ‘Here lived a great street sweeper who did his job well.” -Martin Luther King Jr.
EXCELLENCE IS JUST BEING A GREAT STEWARD.
DREAMS ARE RECEIVED ON OUR KNEES, BUT ARE ACHIEVED ON OUR FEET.
So you see, faith by itself isn’t enough. Unless it produces good deeds, it is dead and useless.
Now someone may argue, “Some people have faith; others have good deeds.” But I say, “How can you show me your faith if you don’t have good deeds? I will show you my faith by my good deeds.” James 2:17-18
If you are faithful in little things, you will be faithful in large ones. But if you are dishonest in little things, you won’t be honest with greater responsibilities. Luke 16:10
4. WE LAVISH OUR GENEROSITY
We believe it is better to give than to receive and we will give generously of our time, talents, treasures, and our testimonies.
GENEROSITY IS GRATITUDE IN ACTION
‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’ Acts 20:35
Now this is what the Lord Almighty says: “Give careful thought to your ways. You have planted much, but harvested little. You eat, but never have enough. You drink, but never have your fill. You put on clothes, but are not warm. You earn wages, only to put them in a purse with holes in it.” This is what the Lord Almighty says: “Give careful thought to your ways. Haggai 1:5-7
For even during a season of severe difficulty and tremendous suffering, they became even more filled with joy. From the depths of their extreme poverty, super-abundant joy overflowed into an act of extravagant generosity. For I can verify that they spontaneously gave, not only according to their means but far beyond what they could afford. They actually begged us for the privilege of sharing in this ministry of giving to God’s holy people who are living in poverty. 2 Corinthians 8:2-4 TPT
BEING GENEROUS IS NOT SOMETHING WE DO. BEING GENEROUS IS WHO WE ARE!
But generous people plan to do what is generous, and they stand firm in their generosity. Isaiah 32:8
3 KEY ELEMENTS OF GENEROSITY:
1. WORDS –
2. ACTIONS –
3. GIVING –
I AM GOING TO LIVE OUT STEWARDSHIP AND GENEROSITY WITH MY:
“Listen! A farmer went out to plant some seeds. As he scattered them across his field, some seeds fell on a footpath, and the birds came and ate them. Other seeds fell on shallow soil with underlying rock. The seeds sprouted quickly because the soil was shallow. But the plants soon wilted under the hot sun, and since they didn’t have deep roots, they died. Other seeds fell among thorns that grew up and choked out the tender plants. Still other seeds fell on fertile soil, and they produced a crop that was thirty, sixty, and even a hundred times as much as had been planted! Anyone with ears to hear should listen and understand.” Matthew 13:3-9
GOOD INTENTIONS BY THEMSELVES ARE NOT ENOUGH FOR GROWTH.
IF YOU AIM AT NOTHING, YOU WILL HIT IT EVERY TIME! -ZIG ZIGLER
1. WE FIND CONFIDENCE IN AUTHENTICITY.
We are fearfully and wonderfully made! We are not striving to be something we are not, but learning to discover our unique gifts to help impact the Kingdom of God.
For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago. Ephesians 3:10
For you are a chosen people. You are royal priests, a holy nation, God’s very own possession. As a result, you can show others the goodness of God, for he called you out of the darkness into his wonderful light. “Once you had no identity as a people; now you are God’s people. Once you received no mercy; now you have received God’s mercy.” 1 Peter 2:9-10
ONCE YOU LOSE THE REASON TO EXIST, YOU PHYSICALLY STOP EXISTING.
The thief’s purpose is to steal and kill and destroy. My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life. John 10:10
HUMAN METRICS ARE BASED ON STATISTICS AND COMPARISONS; HEAVEN’S METRICS ARE BASED ON STEWARDSHIP AND INFLUENCE.
QUIT DISQUALIFYING YOURSELF BECAUSE YOU COMPARE YOUR WEAKNESSES TO OTHERS’ STRENGTHS.
A spiritual gift is given to each of us so we can help each other. 1 Corinthians 12:7
2. WE HUNGER FOR GROWTH.
We must have a teachable spirit that strives to be the best versions of ourselves. Everything that grows must be stretched, broken down, and built back up.
I admit that I haven’t yet acquired the absolute fullness that I’m pursuing, but I run with passion into his abundance so that I may reach the purpose that Jesus Christ has called me to fulfill and wants me to discover. Philippians 3:12 TPT
I don’t depend on my own strength to accomplish this… Philippians 3:13 TPT
Ø YOU HAVE TO INVITE GOD INTO YOUR GROWTH.
However I do have one compelling focus: I forget all of the past as I fasten my heart to the future instead. Philippians 3:13 TPT
I run straight for the divine invitation of reaching the heavenly goal and gaining the victory-prize through the anointing of Jesus. Philippians 3:14 TPT
Do not waver, for a person with divided loyalty is as unsettled as a wave of the sea that is blown and tossed by the wind. Such people should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. Their loyalty is divided between God and the world, and they are unstable in everything they do. James 1:6-8