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This series is to help NCF family become covenant members. This message is covering our Vision and Mission.

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Intro –
Summer is coming to a close and Fall is quickly coming on us. Before we get started today I want to share with you all what our Fall series will look like.
October – The Ghost –
October – Fall fest with costume party, music by the fire, pumpkin carving, kid party games, and lots of food.
Nov – Give like God gives
Nov – Thanksgiving Agape Feast
Dec – Christmas series
Dec – Christmas Carols at the nursing homes, and another day of caroling in Osage neighbor hoods.
Dec – Christmas eve candlelight service
Today we start a two-month series we are calling – “this is us”. Our goal in this series is to help you better understand the churches mission, vision, doctrines, distinctions, and values. Along with all this you will also be introduced to a few members of the church as, they will be sharing their testimonies.
At the end of the series you will be given an opportunity to become what we will be calling a Covenant Member. During the last Sunday of Sept, we will be giving you all a “This is us book” also known as a membership magazine. This booklet will cover all we will be talking about as well as a membership form for you to fill out.
---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Alright with all that said let’s jump right into it.
Alright with all that said let’s jump right into it.
Today we are looking at our Vision and Mission.
John 10:10 NLT
The thief’s purpose is to steal and kill and destroy. My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life.
2 Corinthians 9:8–12 NLT
And God will generously provide all you need. Then you will always have everything you need and plenty left over to share with others. As the Scriptures say, “They share freely and give generously to the poor. Their good deeds will be remembered forever.” For God is the one who provides seed for the farmer and then bread to eat. In the same way, he will provide and increase your resources and then produce a great harvest of generosity in you. Yes, you will be enriched in every way so that you can always be generous. And when we take your gifts to those who need them, they will thank God. So two good things will result from this ministry of giving—the needs of the believers in Jerusalem will be met, and they will joyfully express their thanks to God.
Jeremiah 29:8 NLT
This is what the Lord of Heaven’s Armies, the God of Israel, says: “Do not let your prophets and fortune-tellers who are with you in the land of Babylon trick you. Do not listen to their dreams,
Matthew 5:14–16 NLT
“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.
John 14:9–14 NLT
Jesus replied, “Have I been with you all this time, Philip, and yet you still don’t know who I am? Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father! So why are you asking me to show him to you? Don’t you believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me? The words I speak are not my own, but my Father who lives in me does his work through me. Just believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me. Or at least believe because of the work you have seen me do. “I tell you the truth, anyone who believes in me will do the same works I have done, and even greater works, because I am going to be with the Father. You can ask for anything in my name, and I will do it, so that the Son can bring glory to the Father. Yes, ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it!
a. Followers not converts.
b. A convert agrees to a belief system.
c. A follower becomes like the one they are following.
This is who we are, this is who we are becoming, and this is who we will be.
When people speak of us as a church I want them to know us by our Love.
When people think about us as a church I want them to think of how we bring Life, Joy and Beauty to our city, family, and our friends.
When people speak of us I want them to think of God’s goodness.
If we all disappeared I want our city to miss us.
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