Looking back over 2014
Joshua 3:5 - "Joshua told the people, 'Consecrate yourselves, for tomorrow the Lord will do amazing things among you.'”
West Ridge Mission Statement: “Leading people on a life changing journey to becoming fully devoted followers of Jesus Christ”
We Are Called To Full Devotion to Follow Christ In The Way We…
Philippians 3:13-14 - "Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, 14 I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus."
Proverbs 29:18 - "Where there is no vision, the people perish..."
Proverbs 29:18 - "If people can’t see what God is doing, they stumble all over themselves; But when they attend to what he reveals, they are most blessed."
Looking Ahead to 2015
Isaiah 1:19 - If you are willing and obedient, you will eat the good things of the land;
1. Let’s continue to embrace what God is doing in our community.
2. Let’s learn to be grace givers.
Acts 5:42 - "And every day, in the temple and from house to house, they did not cease teaching and preaching that the Christ is Jesus."
1. Let’s embrace doing life together
• Small groups
• Bible studies
1. Let’s get into God’s Word – www.Bible.com (youversion.com)
2. Let’s become devoted to prayer
3. Let’s choose to live generously
12 Million – What If Goal
• Let’s choose to get healthy
• Let’s unwrap our spiritual gifts and get on a team – Team West Ridge
• Let’s live on mission together
• Let’s live our lives for a different Kingdom.
Did you know that in 2015…
-We had 610 salvations (most in our history) – we’ve now seen over 5,000 people saved at West Ridge!
-We had 1234 First time guests!
-We had 175 baptisms (2013 we led the state in baptisms)!
-All of our children and students are in small groups, but now we have over 1,100 adults in small groups! That’s 62% of our church in small groups!
-We added 272 brand new Sunday morning volunteers to what we are now calling Team West Ridge!
-At SURGE we had 1300 students, 400 volunteers!
-At Community Makeover we had 11 churches, over WRC 1,000 volunteers, 112 projects done by our church!
-At Hope for Christmas we had 1,500 families, 4,300 children, and 8,000 people, and 1900 volunteers.
-We were able to help over 200 couples receive marriage counseling!
-We averaged 85 children at Breakaway, our special needs ministry
-We launched our young adults ministry in September with 50-100 young adults attending each week!
Q2: Which of these things encourages you the most? Why is that?
Read Joshua 3:5
Q3: The West Ridge Church mission statement is “To lead people in a life changing journey to become fully devoted followers of Jesus Christ”. Has your life changed since you started attending West Ridge? If so, how?
Read Proverbs 29:18
Q4: What do you think keeps us from seeing what God is doing around us? Explain your answer.
Q5: All throughout scripture faith is linked to obedience. What is it like when people claim to have faith but there doesn’t seem to be obedience with it?
Q6: Mark Batterson wrote: “Prayer is the difference between the best that you can do and the best that God can do”. Do you have a regular time for prayer or do you take more of a “pray without ceasing” strategy? What benefits do you think a regular time of prayer provides?
Q7: In Pastor Brian’s message, he mentioned five goals for our church. They were: 1) Be committed to a group 2) Learn to study God’s word 3) Be devoted to prayer 4) Live generously 5) Choose to get healthy. Which ones of those do you feel most challenged to engage this coming year?
Close your group this week praying for your church and for your group. Seek God together for the healthiness of our church and your group. Let’s ask God to give us a huge influence in our community as we live on mission together!