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Vision Sunday 2020

At The Chapel, we help people meet, know and follow Jesus on the campus of LSU, in the city of Baton Rouge and around the world. On this Vision Sunday, we unveil our God-sized 10-year vision of The Chapel, framing where we are going in 2020 and beyond! 

Welcome Home

The heart of hospitality is to use our personal space for the good of others. God invited us to join his family, and we should do the same for others.  We, who have been changed by Jesus have the incredible opportunity to display God's love and to see the world changed--one space at a time.

  • Wk. 1:  Eph. 2:11-22 God has brought us into his home and family.
  • Wk. 2:  1 Peter 4:7-11 Show hospitality within the church family.
  • Wk. 3:  Lev. 19:33-34, Heb. 13:1-2 Use your home as  space for strangers to enjoy hospitality.
  • Wk. 4:  Rom. 12:1-2 Generous hospitality is counter-cultural, a radical departure from the way of the world to the way of Christ.
Jonah

In the Book of Jonah, we see both the heart of God for this world and how God’s people can react to that heart. Jonah reminds us that God will go to great lengths to bring the nations to himself, and that there is no other method to do it than through his people. Even amidst his people’s disobedience and bitterness, God brings his gracious purposes about to reveal his salvation to the world.

Key Verses:
 
Jonah 2:9
But I with the voice of thanksgiving will sacrifice to you; what I have vowed I will pay. Salvation belongs to the LORD!
 
Jonah 4:10-11
And the LORD said, “You pity the plant, for which you did not labor, nor did you make it grow, which came into being in a night and perished in a night. And should not I pity Nineveh, that great city, in which there are more than 120,000 persons who do not know their right hand from their left, and also much cattle?”

Job

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He Lives

He lives! And everything changed!
 
The doubter became the devoted. The denier of his Master became the defender of the faith. The persecutor of the believer became the preacher of the Word. The results of the resurrection were immediate and long lasting.
 
The profound changes in the lives of the first century followers of Jesus both encourage and challenge us to look at the impact of the resurrection in our own lives. The resurrection means we can live with great expectation and the bold assurance of our salvation. Because he lives, we have a living hope.
 
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you, who by God's power are being guarded through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. 1 Peter 1:3-5

The Power of Invitation: Come and See
The Power of Invitation

28 Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.  Matthew 11:28-30

How often do you “invite” someone to see a YouTube posting, a funny video on Facebook?  We say, “Hey, look at this…”  Or, “Did you see the video about....”  

Clearly we invite people to what excites us. Is it fair to ask how excited are with about Jesus?  In a way, I think it is.

We also warn.  Consider how we warn others about bad traffic, hopefully helping them forgo the frustrations of Baton Rouge traffic!  Again, is fair to ask how concerned we are about where people are headed, not in town, but life?  I think so.  

This series isn’t about guilting people into action.  It is about showing them the Inviting God who pursues us in Love.  If this is his heart, and he pursued us through another’s invitation, aren’t we motivated to consider inviting others to him?

That You May Believe

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Compelling Christianity

For Christ’s love compels us, because we are convinced that one died for all, and therefore all died. And he died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again. 2 Cor 5:14–15

Faced with an increasing secular culture, many American Christians feel marginalized and dismissed. Some Christians have retreated into a personal faith, one to be enjoyed personally and or celebrated protectively with others, but not something to proclaim. Others have been told their faith may work for them but not for everyone, because there is no absolute truth.

These and other factors have caused churches and Christians to wonder if they should share their faith, and, if so, how? Is there power in a proclaimed, propositional message? Unsure of the answer, most say nothing.

Christianity was born in an abusive and persecuting culture, yet it spread through proclamation. It transformed the ancient pagan world of Ireland. It grew under the heavy hand of Chinese Communism. Such examples remind us that Christianity has grown even under some of the most difficult situations and cultures

How is this possible if Christianity is simply a personal faith or cultural construct? Some have observed the Bible reveals it was dual impact of the kerygma and the koinonia -- the powerful preaching of the gospel with the transformation of converts into a selflessness and sharing community. These two spirit-empowered expressions in combination with each other were unlike anything the world had seen.

A transforming message (Rom 10:17) paired with a transforming culture of love was made tangible by people who would proclaim Jesus wherever he led them. We can still offer this to the world.

This spring, we’ll consider various aspects to our Compelling Christianity and how it applies to our lives. We will look at seven aspects of our faith as they are reflected and declared in our Vision Statement. The series will end with a Vision 2020 update and review and a night of celebration.

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