Recalibrating the Mission

What is the mission of the church?  The answer is easy.  It's the follow-through that is a little more difficult.  The mission of the church is clearly to make disciples.  We are commissioned to that end in Matthew 28.  But before Matthew even came on the scene, there was another commission, another mandate from the prophet, Micah.  In this short series titled, "Work as Worship", we are going to unpack the purpose of the church in week one & in week two we are going to come to a clearer understanding of Sabbath, what it means to rest & how do we serve in light of those truths.  It's a short series, but a powerful one.

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Seize The Moment

 Listening to the Holy Spirit, Philip went on a wild goose chase only to discover that God had brought him to the middle of nowhere so he could share the gospel with an unlikely convert.  God places opportunities to share the good news about Jesus with others all around us every day.  Can you see them?  Do you seize the moment when the opportunity arises to shine the light of Christ?

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Acts: The Gospel Knows

The gospel is on the move.  What an exciting time in the history of the church & what a harrowing time as well.  The gospel is now being shared with Samaritans & Philip is preaching the kingdom of God & the name of Jesus.  Simon the magician gives us a view into the culture.  His story also causes us to evaluate our own conversion stories, the intentions of our hearts, & the transformation process of being a follower of Jesus.

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Acts: No Greater Love

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The first martyr.  That's not one of the top ten sermons you would normally want to hear on any given Sunday. Yet the story & life of Stephen is pivotal to the advancement of the gospel in the early history of the church.  Additionally, Stephen had clearly grasped the greatness of Jesus & the freedom of forgiveness in his new life as a Christ-follower.  He sets for us an example of a life spent for Christ as he laid down his life for his friends. 

Faithfulness of God & Boldness of Man

The faithfulness of God is what fuels our ministry. Without it we are living empty "religious"  lives.   It's crucial for bold living to know the God we trust in.  Check out how the first martyr, Stephen, preached boldly in the face of adversity.


Last week we looked at the letter to the church at Ephesus to see how essential being ONEtogether really is for a church family.  This week, Paul takes it to the next level.  Now that we know who we want to be, what do we do?  It's simple:  WORKtogether.  Gone are the days of sitting on the sideline watching a few people who are in need of rest being watched by the crowd badly in need of spiritual exercise.  The family of Pontiac Bible Church will WORKtogether to the glory of God & the expansion of His Kingdom.



ONEtogether.  This may be one of the more passionate messages in the last year.  What does a Church Family look like?  Unity is a word that gets tossed around flippantly.  It's definition goes much deeper than just getting along.  There are basic doctrines connected to unity & the outpouring of those doctrines call us to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord.  Ephesians 4 tells us what a church family looks like.


Putting it all Together

We have come to the end of our summer series, Keep Calm & Be Wise.  We hope you have enjoyed the study, but we also hope that you spent your summer reading through the book of Proverbs.  In today's message, we put it all together & see that a life fully devoted to God is a life that walks in the manner worthy of the Lord.  Proverbs 4 says, "Above all else, guard your heart..."  That's where we will start when putting it all together.


Trusting God

Proverbs 3:5, 6 are probably the most familiar and most memorized verses in all of Proverbs. They are etched on plaques for our homes, stitched on Bible covers & tattooed on bodies as reminder or life-verses. What do these verses have to do with wisdom? Since these are familiar verses, we thought we would just walk down through the passage to reintroduce it as a fresh, vibrant portion of God's Word that will be a lamp to your feet and a light to your path.

Friendship: Iron Sharpening Iron

We need friends.  Friendship is part of God's design for life, and wisdom is living life the way God designed you to live.  We were never meant to go through life alone–there should be no such thing as a "Lone Ranger" Christian!  In this message we continue our series in Proverbs and discover how life and faith can be sharpened by friendship.