Welcome to Open Life 101…we developed this to help you discover outside of the context of sharing a vision moment within a talk…what we do, how we intend to do what we do and why we do it.
“You cannot expect what you do not express”
Proverbs 27:23 (NIV)
23 Be sure you know the condition of your flocks,
give careful attention to your herds;
Hebrews 13:17 (NIV)
17 Have confidence in your leaders and submit to their authority, because they keep watch over you as those who must give an account. Do this so that their work will be a joy, not a burden, for that would be of no benefit to you.
Ephesians 4:1–7 & 11-16 (NIV84)
… I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. 2 Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. 3 Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. 4 There is one body and one Spirit— just as you were called to one hope when you were called— 5 one Lord, one faith, one baptism; 6 one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.
7 But to each one of us grace has been given as Christ apportioned it.
….Continue in Verse 11…11 It was he who gave some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to be evangelists, and some to be pastors and teachers, 12 to prepare God’s people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up 13 until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.
14 Then we will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of men in their deceitful scheming. 15 Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will in all things grow up into him who is the Head, that is, Christ. 16 From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work.
We are each members of a body, this church thing has organizational aspects, but its more accurately described as a family or a body.
At Open Life, membership is based on participation beyond proclamation.
The difference between a member and an attender is simple, commitment.
Membership is not being approved to join a club with discounts, rights and privileges. Membership is becoming part of the family, or the body if you will, with shared mission, vision, values and responsibilities.
This is our desire within the term and practice of membership. We want to celebrate what the “active joined body” can do when together. We want to celebrate together through membership.
We crafted our bylaws in a way that would allow our members to have a voice but not have to vote on every decision we make. (You can view a copy of our bylaws on our membership page on www.OpenLife.church/members)
1 Thessalonians 2:8 (NIV)
8 We loved you so much that we were delighted to share with you not only the gospel of God but our lives as well, because you had become so dear to us.
Being a church is not about creating church people, but making Jesus known
- What is the problem that we could uniquely be gifted to address? – 80,000 people without Jesus, 50% of whom will never enter the doors of a church and hear an adequate presentation of the gospel let alone experience an expression or demonstration of the love of Jesus.
- We would have to get outside the church to impact the lost (this farthest 50%)…seek and save the lost! Be present! Many touches
Jeremiah 29:7 (NIV84)
7 … seek the peace and prosperity of the city to which I have carried you… Pray to the Lord for it, because if it prospers, you too will prosper.”
We launched on January 10, 2010 in the Regal Theater…in March 2011 we moved to Victor Falls Elementary and in August of 2011 we moved where we currently meet at Bonney Lake High School, in December of 2013 we launched out our first apprentice to plant Living Hope in Sumner at Sumner Middle School.
Ezekiel 36:8–11 (NIV84)
8 “ ‘But you, O mountains of Israel, will produce branches and fruit for my people Israel, for they will soon come home. 9 I am concerned for you and will look on you with favor; you will be plowed and sown, 10 and I will multiply the number of people upon you, even the whole house of Israel. The towns will be inhabited and the ruins rebuilt. 11 I will increase the number of men and animals upon you, and they will be fruitful and become numerous. I will settle people on you as in the past and will make you prosper more than before. Then you will know that I am the Lord.
We didn’t launch with all of our stuff figured out. We discovered our values…fine tuned our cultures and really found that our behaviors resonated with not only those seeking Jesus but with our community as well.
Our story…is only as powerful as your story…in fact you are our story.
1 Thessalonians 2:19 (NIV)
19 For what is our hope, our joy, or the crown in which we will glory in the presence of our Lord Jesus when he comes? Is it not you?
Mission, Vision, Values
The difference between a member and an attender is simple, commitment.
Membership is not being approved to join a club with discounts, rights and privileges. Membership is becoming part of a family with shared mission, vision, values and responsibilities.
People leading people into a growing relationship with Jesus.
19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
8 “When you enter a town and are welcomed, eat what is offered to you. 9 Heal the sick who are there and tell them, ‘The kingdom of God has come near to you.’
Vision – Why we do it?
Romans 12:13 (NIV)
13 Share with the Lord’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality.
Hebrews 13:2 (NIV)
2 Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it.
Acts 2:42–47 (NIV)
42 They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. 43 Everyone was filled with awe, and many wonders and miraculous signs were done by the apostles. 44 All the believers were together and had everything in common. 45 Selling their possessions and goods, they gave to anyone as he had need. 46 Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, 47 praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.
There is only so deep you can go when in the temple courts. We must be both and, continuing to find the temple court moments a priority and safe place to discover the faith, AND meeting in homes…eating together and discovering the glad and sincere hearts…joy, favor.
CALL TO ACTION: SHOW UP EARLY
These guys get the fact that life was a team sport.
The church has something that can be a blessing to it’s community and create health for growing our relationship with others and Jesus… Groups – promote the development of relationships with Jesus and each.
Without purposeful social interaction it is impossible to truly sustain a movement.
- Public Spaces
- Social Spaces
- Relational Spaces
- Intimate Spaces
CALL TO ACTION: Join or Lead a group.
We need to recognize our mission within the groups we’re already a part of in community and prioritize the groups we should intentionally create space for in our lives.
What our goal is:
That every person coming to Open Life has relationship with others.
How we get there:
We have a continuous flow of groups all year round. Eventually reaching the point where we have a group(s) meeting every day of the week. We create seasonal onramps to groups.
Tools | App & Website openlife.church/groups
41 When the ten heard about this, they became indignant with James and John. 42 Jesus called them together and said, “You know that those who are regarded as rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their high officials exercise authority over them. 43 Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, 44 and whoever wants to be first must be slave of all. 45 For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”
Jesus didn’t come to be served, he came to serve all people.
3 Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, 4 not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others. 5 In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus: 6 Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; 7 rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. 8 And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death— even death on a cross!
We simply Serve God, and we Serve Others.
Serving is both valued in the church and in the community.
CALL TO ACTION: You need to volunteer on a serve team.
Volunteering on a serve team.
Romans 12:13 (NIV)
13 Share with the Lord’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality. .
Sharing our time, talent and treasure with God is a heart decision. It’s really the core of generosity.
2 Corinthians 9:6, 11, 13 (NIV)
6 Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously…11 You will be made rich in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God…13 Because of the service by which you have proved yourselves, men will praise God for the obedience that accompanies your confession of the gospel of Christ, and for your generosity in sharing with them and with everyone else.
We believe we should share with God and others our time, treasures and talents.
- Sharing with God is obedience that accompanies your confession
Romans 12:6–8 (NIV)
6 We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your faith; 7 if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach; 8 if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead, do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully.
CALL TO ACTION: Membership Challenge
The measurable qualifications for membership, beyond personally choosing to follow Jesus as Lord, are as follows:
90 Day Memberize Process
- Regularly attend and invite people to the Church
- Participate in groups
- Volunteer on a serve team for the Church
- Go all in!
- Give generously and participate in offerings
Grow in your giving
- 1st time giver
- occasional giver
- consistent giver
- generous giver
- extravagant giver
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