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The Value of You

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We want to connect you to God's next step for your life. We care about you because you are valuable! Check out this message from vision night #1.

Right. So, yeah, it's all right if I preach a little tonight. All right, I love the interaction. So it's always, always a good thing. It feels it feels feels home in here anyway. So it makes it a little easier to do that, I think. So, whether I'm speaking or somebody else is speaking, we're going to do our best to try and explain the word of God as clearly and as powerfully as possible so that it will inspire your faith, that you will grow in your faith or come to faith, and that your relationship with Jesus will grow. And so I hope that you'll come ready to be engaged. We don't have bibles for you here tonight, but that it's one of the things that I really want right away is to make sure that we have bibles to give to people that need them or want them. You could just take them with you on your way home, because ultimately we want you to get to know him and his word and how that changes changes things. So I want to share with you a message tonight called the value of you. The value of you. Now, value is a very interesting concept. We just purchased the House and so you get all about the value how much something's worth. And so we put an offer into one house and we thought it was a reasonable offer. It was the asking price of the house, and so the sellers then got back to us and said Nope, and we're like, what do you mean? No, we're offered you the asking price and APPA early the value of their house in the situation that they were in, was more than even what they've prefectly selling for, which was very interesting. But it's just you think about value and what's the value of things, and so when we moved to the Henfield area we wanted to get involved in the REC center. So you ever been to the REC center before? Do you know what the value of their monthly membership is? You know everyone playing along with do you think it's thirty dollars a month, forty five dollars a month or seventy five dollars a month? They got a pool, they got some kids stuff. You know what it is. And it's for one person a month. It is forty five. Yeah, so I got to sign up to go to the REC center. So I'll see. Thursday mornings early is when I'm planning on. But then how about this, like if, what if you have one of these show up at your door every month? That's butcher box to the food food. Food boxes are pretty big thing nowadays. Is it's sixty a month, ninety nine dollars a month, or one and twenty nine a month to have that show up at your house? Is One twenty nine correct. So staying in the food world, how about this banana duct take to the wall? Is it seventy nine cents? That's like a gas station banana with it. I don't a little bit extra for the duct take. Is it a thousand dollars because somebody was being a little silly, or was it see a hundred...

...and Twentyzero? The answer was see, because somebody purchased banana duct take to the wall. Yana Art Galleries is Miami and this was like a couple weeks ago, so that's pretty great. So how about this ancient artifact right here? What is the value this beautiful baseball display? This made it from my house and willing to Delaware to palm my roads effort announce at Hepfield and inside is all the home run balls I hit in my life, from college even about all that Don land bill hit when you play for the Phillies so ancient artifact? Is it? Because you know, if you wanted to buy a new and Philli with baseballs, that's probably what it was. Is it be if you wanted to take this home tonight and you offered me a price, I don't know what I would give it to you for. I don't know, and I'm that's probably my very bad part of me, because I just hang on the things way too long. And and then or is it see five dollars, because that's probably what you would offer to take at home? Which one is? So value again, is an interesting concept and there's lots of different ways to think about it, but we're asking the question tonight. What is the value of you? And then connector church. We want to connect you to God's next step for your life. We value you. You are vision statement that connect US church is to reach out, to invite all people to connect to a gospel community and challenge you to take God's next step for your life. So we want to reach out beyond these walls, or whatever walls will be meeting in, and reach out to our friends and to our family, to our neighbors and to our world and be where God is already working like God doesn't just live in this box or doesn't live in the church. She he's everywhere and we want to partner with what God's doing in the world. And then we want to invite people. I have something driving hype, something exciting going on with invite people to come to something, to a Gospel community, and challenge you to take God's next step for your life, like we're serious about wanting to help you take those steps. And so challenge might be a big word, but I think it's a it's a good...

...word. But some churches have a mission statement like we want to develop fully devoted followers of Jesus, or we want to see people raise the life in Jesus Christ, or we want to see people that are stranded in sin, you know, be saved or whatever. Those are all really good mission statements, but they're all about people, and ours that connecting you to guy's except for your life. This was important to me was like we want to connect you, we want to connect you to God's next step for your life individually. And we because we value authentic relationships, we value, you know, getting to know somebody and and sitting down at the table and saying, Hey, you know, how are you doing once going on, and probably right now is not the best time to have that conversation. But but we really value that. We wanted to develop authentic relationships of getting to know you and really knowing what's what God's next step for your life life is, and it's really hard to do that if we don't know what God has been doing in your life. And one of the practical ways in which this value is lived out, or we're going to live it out, is that we're going to have fun, because fun is better than having not fun. Yeah, but it's more important than that, because if we have authensic relationships, we are going to hurt one another and we were going to let each other down, because that's what people do. And so forgiveness is so, so, so important, because that takes care of the break in a relationship. You you let it go, you leave it away, and so fun authenticates forgiveness and forgiveness is the key component of lasting relationships. And so try to have fun with somebody that you haven't forgiven, that you're holding a grudge against. It's almost impossible. Maybe it is impossible. But so we value fun, not just because fun is better than not fun, which it is right, but because we value authentic relationships and we genuinely want to enjoy our time together. So we value we value the fun piece as well. So we value each and every you. We value authentic relationships, we value having fun, but we also want to connect you to God's next step for your life. This idea of connecting. We're connecting with you, we're connecting with all the use that we get to be and you, and you, and you and you. We get to connect with you. And I love that word connect because, yes, I'm getting to know each individual person, but now I'm not just getting to know them for the sake of getting to know them. I have something else. I have someone else I want to connect them to. I want to not just get to know somebody or for you, to get to know that person across the table, which is so important and so valuable.

I want to connect you with the one who changed my life. I want to connect you with the one who saved my soul. I want to connect you with the one who died for me. That's who I want to connect you too. And so I want to take a minute and look and the scriptures in the Bible, at a passage about how those that were following Jesus connected with Jesus, how Jesus connected with them and how those people immediately connected with other people. So, if you do have your Bible with you, encourage me to turn with me the first chapter in John, John's Gospel. John was a very close friend of Jesus and John, near the end of his life, he would probably the longest of all of these disciples of Jesus, he wrote this Gospel, this account of Jesus's life, and so as he's writing, he's recounting and remembering what happened at the very beginning of when of these people first started following Jesus. And so, if you start looking with me, or if you don't have your Bible, I do have the verses on the screen, or that's screens, depending on which one do you want to look at, and starting in Verse Thirty Five. So it says this. The following day John was again standing with two of his disciples, that's John The baptist, not the guy who was writing, but John The baptist. As Jesus walked by, John Looked at him and declared look, there is the lamb of God. And when John's two disciples hurt this. They followed Jesus. So John the Baptist had a special mission and he was the step, the stage for this Messiah that was going to come. And so John the Baptist had this large following. He had all these people following him. They were baptized, they love John, they John had this platform. And here John the Baptist is saying, Hey, it's not about me, it's about that guy. Go over there, go over there. And John the Baptist is using his platform to connect people to Jesus, and I just think that we can use and should use our platform how God has put you in different places in your family, in your job, in this part of the world, to use that to point people, to connect people to Jesus. That's what John the Baptist did. As we keep reading, it says, Jesus looked around and saw them following. What do you want, he asked them, and they replied rabbi, which means teacher. Where are you staying? He said, come and see, and it was about four o'clock in the afternoon when they went with him to the place where he was staying and they remained with him the rest of the day and Andrew, Simon, Peter's brother, was one of these men who heard that John said and then followed Jesus. And Andrew went to find his brother, Simon,...

...and told him we have found the Messiah, which means Christ. I want to turn this around for a second. The kind of show here with this nifty little thing that John the Baptist is connecting people to Jesus. He's connecting Andrew, and Andrew immediately goes and finds Simon to connect with. So there's a lot of connections going on there. And then Andrew Brought Simon to be Jesus and, looking intently at Simon, Jesus said your name is Simon, son of John, but you will be called Cephas, which means pea. And so when Andrew Connected Simon to Jesus, Jesus connected with Simon to the point they he knew Simon's name, he knew my name. Good to know the names of those that are around you, in those that you don't know in the room. Yet he knew what family he was a part of, son of Joon, and he even knew him well enough to give him a nickname, which sometimes takes a while and maybe other times it happens faster, but Jesus gave him this nickname. Then the next day Jesus decided to go to Galilee. He found Philip and said to him, come follow me, and Philip was from Maceda, Andrew and Peter's hometown. So Jesus connects with Philip. And then look what happens next. What this Philip did. Philip went to look for Nathaniel and told him we have found the very person Moses in the prophets wrote about. His name is Jesus, the son of Joseph, from Nazareth. And so so Philip looks for Nathaniel and he immediately tries to connect someone to Jesus. And so this is what that Daniel says. Nazareth explained that Daniel. Can anything good come from Nazareth? That was the reputation of the place. And Philip said, come and see for yourself. See sometimes we don't have to have all the answers. It's just hey, come with me, come and see. A simple invitation is so powerful. So as they approached, Jesus said, now here is a genuine son of Israel, a man of complete integrity. How do you know about me? And the Daniel asked and Jesus replied, I could see you. Sometimes just...

...seeing someone makes a big difference. I could see you under the fig tree before Philip found you, and then the Daniel exclaimed, Rabbie, you are the son of God, the King of Israel. I don't know what was going on under that fig tree. Seems kind of random, kind of strange. Maybe it was something really, really good. Maybe that Daniel was praying and crying out to God and here God shows up in the person of Jesus and it's like, oh, that makes sense, son of God, you're the King of Israel, I follow you. Maybe maybe it was something really bad. Maybe he was doing something he should have been doing and God saw him there. And yet he still showed up in his life and said Hey, follow me, and the Daniels like what? I didn't think God did that. That's an Daniel. Whatever happened, whatever happened under that FIG tree, that Daniel connects his connects with Jesus. So just the recap, all these folk finish it come more versus, Jews as them. Do you believe this is Jesus Conversation with the Daniel? Do you believe this just because I told you. I seen him under the factory. You will see greater things than this, and he said, this is Jesus talking. I tell you the truth. You will all see heaven open and the angels of God going up and down on the son of man, the one who is the stairway between heaven and earth. So Jesus makes a reference to an Old Testament story in the book in Genesis, when Jacob sees this ladder of Heaven and earth coming together, this connection happening, and jusiphers like you're gonna see that, and that person, that stairway, is me. I'm the connection between heaven and earth. Your did I'm the way that you're going to be connected with God, which is pretty, pretty awesome. And so he's saying to Nathaniel, when you're connected with me, you're going to be connected. You're connected with God, you're connected with the father. So all these connections. John the Baptist connects Andrew to Jesus, and Andrew to Simon, to Jesus, and Jesus connects with Philip and Philip connects nathaniel to Jesus, for region out and connecting all of these people to Jesus, connecting them to each other, right, you going to find people? People under a fig tree, when random place to be over connected with your brother? Hey, that's maybe a more natural connection, but ultimately were connecting them with Jesus. So the question is, who are you connecting with Jesus? This is named Nat. Became...

...a Christ follower two weeks ago and it's still a bit giddy about now. He's trying not to do carves in public. They became a believer partner because of it, Kim. Yeah, oddly enough, Kim and nate have never met. How was this possible? Well, let's take about kill. Love Jesus from an early age and in college she had a huge impact on her friends. While most of her peers used their college years to well, experiment, Kim did. She remained committed to her faith, and it showed, especially showed the Lisa, her roommate, confessed to him that she wanted whatever it was that made him so strong. Kim shared her faith with Lisa and Lisa believed. Years later, at least his first real job, she met Thomas. Thomas was hit by a drunk driver when he was thirteen and still carried a lot of anger and bitterness Thomas and Lisa became friends and wasn't long before he started going to church at Lisa and her husband. After a lot of studying and searching, Thomas gave his life to Christ. Fast forward a few years. Thomas became a public speak and was often asked to speak at large events. See, when he became a believer, Thomas developed a new perspective on life. He stopped presenting what had been taken from him and started being thankful for the second chance he had been given. On one particular day, Thomas shared about overcoming hardship and what it means to choose joy. He was so passionate that a number of people were inspired to share a link to his video. The video of Thomas Inspired James Too, and if anyone needed inspiration, was him. James had a ton of issues. He's been most of his life as a passive husband and absent father, a horrible friend and said no one disliked him more than he disliked himself. But everything changed the night he happen to watch Thomas Online. Something clicked and he knew what he had to do. He surrendered his miserable life to someone greater and he was forever changed. James about hard to make up for the last years with his family. He also began working with young men were in danger of throwing their lives away. One of those men was named they didn't really know his own death and he had no real direction in life, ultimately bouncing from one bad decision to another. Because of that, often found himself in trouble with the law. No one had ever showed him when it looked like to be a real man, that is until he met James. James became the first father figure they ever had. He learned about honesty, self control, humility and integrity and where those traits come from. Two months later, they publicly declared his belief in Christ, and of course James was there. Now you can see the connection. Name was impacted by James was influenced by Thomas. Thomas on uncommon joy and Lisa, who learned of Jesus from Camp Kim's relationship with...

God usually led to night's funny how these two people have never met never will, says the power of connection, and those that are connected with Jesus have their responsibility to connect other people to Jesus. See, when we connect with people, when we connect with husbands and wives and connect the husbands and wives to Jesus, marriages will be saved. When we connect with fathers and mothers and connect the fathers and mothers to Jesus, they will engage in the lives of their children and kids will be brought up in that great household. When we connect with kids in our classrooms that don't necessarily know what they're doing, when we connect them with Jesus, they'll comfortable that they can do it. When we connect with those who are hurting, maybe physically or mentally hurting, and we connect those people with Jesus, God will give them a perspective and they'll find joy in their situations. And when we connect with people that have maybe doing really, really well in their careers, or maybe we can connect with people that it's hard for them to find a job or keep a job, and we connect those people in Jesus, they will begin to trust in God and God will begin to work in their life. So we've seen the value of you, of being personal, of connecting with other people. Why is that so important? Because you are valuable. You are valuable, but what is the value of you like, if you could put a number on it, would be a million dollars. Maybe that seems like a lot. Friend, maybe some of you find some of US find our value in our appearance, or we find value in our status. We found value in our position at work. We can find value in all different kinds of places. But I think we should find our value from one person and one person alone, and that person is the one who created you, the one who made you, and the one who purchased you, the one who bought you. So you were created in the image of God and you were purchased by God. So, so, how much did God give to purchase you, to buy you back? How much did he give? Well, he gave everything that he possibly could, including his very own life. He purchased you with everything that he could, and so he died on that cross to pay the penalty for your sin. He paid for you his and even his very life, and so we should find our value in the cross. We should find...

...our value in the cross. In Luke, Chapter Fifteen, it says that there is more joy in heaven when one person repents and turns to Jesus. There's joy in heaven when you turn and repent and follow Jesus, like there is joy when all the people in the whole world right, one person turns to follow Jesus. And so that is the value of you, of you and your life and your faith and and maybe you're here tonight and you've never stepped over that line of faith to put your trust in Jesus Christ. I just want to give you the opportunity to do that now and just the quietness of your heart, to say God, I know that I valuable to you. You Die, that you paid the ultimate ice for me and I'm trusting in that tonight. Maybe you've done that before, but you just want to do it again. Just give me the opportunity to do that. Because our connection with God was separated because of sin, and Jesus was sent to this earth. God sent Jesus to this are to live the perfect life and he died on the cross, the pen a penalty for that sin. He was buried and he rose again the third day so that anyone who calls on the name of the Lord can be saved, and this includes you. You can trust in him because he paid for you. So again, if you just pray in there in your heart, you're making that decision. I just asked that you do that and just tell somebody, maybe somebody that you came with or someone that you know. Maybe you can tell me. I'd love to talk with you. But on your tables there's those little things that you could take with you home to night, those little party poppers, just a little fun reminder to say that there is so much joy in heaven because of you and your faith, or maybe the faith that is to come in the days and months ahead, that there is so much joy in heaven over you. So we at connect US church want to connect you to God's next step for your life. And so tonight was vision night number one and there is a long journey ahead, but I invite you to go with us on that journey and join us at a vision group, one of two vision groups. So the next week at Alicia and Ice House or new house and East tenfield area, we will be hosting a group from six to seven thirty at our house. Our look our addresses on there or so you could do both if you wanted to, but essentially the point is going to be the same. or You could attend the group at Man and Emily's House on January twenty six from six to seven thirty, and that addresses up there with a genie leading that group. And so that is your next step, one of those two groups. And who can you invite to join with you? Who can you walk just already connect and say hey, come with me, I'm coming, I'm...

...coming here. And so what I want to do now is give you an opportunity to indicate and respond and what your next steps might be. So can you make it on the nineteen or the twenty? Six Work Better? Could you fill out that about US card that's on your table with it all that information on there, and then just take a minute to check a box, because that way you're kind of saying, Hey, I'm interested in this group and we'll make sure that you get the information that you need to get where you want to go. So that is the next steps. And take a man and fill out that information and then I'll be back to wrap it up for the night. Oh, I thought you were here the huns last one, the Super Bowl. That was my time when I said you should write pastor just kidding, just kidding. Yeah, take a moment to fill that out and as you do, you could also start thinking about this question. So we're all experiencing something brand new for the very first time, including myself. So I want you to write down one question that you have and write it on the back of the car. So it could be a question about something the church believes, because you know, we didn't give you anything like that to night. Maybe it's a question about what will this look like practically, you know, in six months from now? Where's IT GOING TO BE? What's going to happen made? There's a million questions, so I just want you to write one. You could ask me a personal question, anything you want to ask about me and my life and my story. Feel free...

...to do that, or anything you like to know about the new church. So make sure the back of your car, make sure you write something. Maybe it's not even a question, it's just a comment, because that's all you got and that's cool. So write a question and we will do our best to answer that question in all the various forms of communication that we have had so far, social media and email, when we get together again in the groups at the next vision night, all that good stuff. But if you would like me to personally answer your question, I would love to do that, and so just check that box and say, Hey, I want you to call me I want you to get together with me, have coffee and let's talk about this like please. I would absolutely love to do that. So if you want me to answer your question in that way, just check that box and then I will follow. Does that make sense? All right, so I'll give you a minute to do that. When the music stops, will be done. Yeah, August. All right, so one...

...of the questions you might have. That already. That's all right, but I'm going to answer it is what's next? It's about time to go. What's coming up next? Well, you know the two things that are coming up next, right. It's the Vision Group next Sunday night at at Leash, a nice house, or the other vision groups at Matt and Emily's House. But before I tell you what's next, I want to tell you a big picture. Big Picture over me. You might not be able to see that, but on the left was the last seven months. I describe that leadership team was meeting that leadership team and get the ball rolling on this new church. So we've planned all that. Now we're in the middle where we're starting to develop the launch team. That's what this is. We're developing the launch team, and so that's going to happen from now until the end of April, and then we will deploy the launch team to do ministry to anybody and everybody that we can. And so that's the big picture of overview. If you don't like big pictures and you like details, here's the details. Every Sunday night or every Sunday from now until the end of April is on the screen. You will see that you are at the top left, at the first step. January twelve vision night and the two vision groups that are underneath of it. February, second we will have our next vision night and and there hopefully will be a third vision group that you can be a part of. In March, the focus will be on engaging the community, on serving, on developing your spiritual gifts. There will be the three groups and then, because we're there's a fifth Sunday and we get to apply what we're talking about. We are trying to look for a place where we can all serve and go do something together, and then in April will focus on that last piece. So notice how those are the same focuses of those connecting you, the guy's next step for your life, those faith and and growing in your faith and developing your faith and growing in your leadership. We're going through these and trying to help you. I mean this is going to be the crash, course, but this is the we're showing you that, this is the focus, this is what you our mission is to help you accomplished, and so we the vision groups. The first two will be on Sunday nights. The other ones we want to work what's best for your schedule. So you have to pick something. So that's where we're starting. But if you're like, I just can't make us something night, ever been like, we can adjust to your schedule right. So you will see that and know the group leaders. So that's what's next. But if you forget everything else that happened all night, remember this next. Next, three weeks from now. I was going to say next something, but there is no next. On February second we will be having our next vision. That right here, saying...

...place what we're going to do. It from four to thirty, because there's a big football game later that day and we want you to go home and watch it with your friends. So you will be right here next. Next, I don't know. There's no next. February, next month. There you go from four to five thirty. So thank you so much for being here, thank you so much for learning the more about connect US church and I look forward to meeting you, if I haven't met you yet, and we will see you against it. Thanks.

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