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  • Intellectual  materials  are  the  property  of  Traders  Point  Christian  Church.  All  rights  reserved.    

    Transcript February 13/14, 2016

    Hills We Die On | Deep Wells: Intentional Discipleship Jake Barker | Matthew 16:24-26; Philippians 2:5-8; Luke 12:25-28

    Alright,  well  what’s  up  Traders  Point?  I  hope  you  are  doing  well  this  weekend.  I  want  to  welcome  those   of  you  at  our  North  campus.  We  are  so  proud  of  what  God  is  doing  in  and  through  you  on  the  northside   of  Indy.  We  are  just  so  excited  about  the  impact  that  is  happening  on  the  northside  of  our  city.  And  if   you  are  one  of  our  guests  or  if  this  is  your  very  first  time,  we  are  so  honored  that  you  would  spend  your   time  with  us  here  this  weekend.       If  you  are  new,  or  maybe  if  you’ve  missed  the  last  couple  of  weeks,  let  me  get  you  up  to  speed  as  to   where  we  are  in  our  series.  We  are  in  a  series  called  Hills  We  Die  On.  And  what  we’re  doing  is  that  over   the  next  few  weeks  we  are  laying  out  the  values  of  our  church.  These  are  the  seven  things  that  we   believe  in  so  much  that  we’ve  made  them  our  core  values.  These  are  the  things  that  we  will  not   negotiate  on,  these  will  always  be  true  about  us,  these  are  not  just  events  or  programs,  but  these  are   hills  that  we  will  die  on.     The  reason  why  these  values  are  so  important  is  that  values  serve  as  a  great  filter  through  which  we  can   pass  our  decisions.  So  when  we  need  to  make  a  decision  we  can  pass  it  through  our  values  and  ask:  is   that  us  or  is  that  not  us.  Does  that  fit  our  culture  or  does  that  betray  our  values.  These  values  keep  us  on   track  and  they  keep  us  locked  in  on  the  mission.     In  the  absence  of  values,  particularly  articulated  values  that  we  all  rally  around,  what  our  church  will   experience  is  a  thing  called  mission  drift.  Maybe  you’ve  experienced  this  in  a  church,  or  an  organization,   or  a  team.  It’s  this  thing  called  mission  drift.  It’s  when  you  set  out  on  your  course  together  and  at  the   very  beginning  everyone  was  aligned,  everyone  was  excited,  everyone  was  pulling  in  the  same  direction.   Then  about  a  year  later  you  looked  up  and  you  realized,  “Wait,  we  are  way  off  course.  We  have  totally   missed  the  mark.”  Something  happened  between  there  and  here  and  it’s  called  mission  drift.       It  doesn’t  take  much.  Imagine  that  last  week  you  got  a  phone  call  from  the  NFL  and  they  said,   “Congratulations,  you  have  won  the  opportunity  to  paint  the  boundary  lines  of  our  Super  Bowl  field.  You   won  the  most  random  sweepstakes  of  all  time.  You  won  it,  congratulations.  You’ve  got  to  get  to  San   Francisco.”     You  are  there  and  you  start  at  one  end  of  the  field  and  you  look  at  where  you  are  going  and  you  set  out   and  you’re  really,  really  close  but  you’re  just  0.1  degree  off  course  in  your  calculation.  By  the  time  you   get  to  the  other  end  of  the  field  you  would  be  five  feet  off  of  your  mark.  Just  0.1  degree  will  leave  you   five  feet  off  of  where  you  were  supposed  to  be.  Do  you  think  that  the  Broncos  or  the  Panthers  would   have  cared  about  a  five-­‐foot  discrepancy?  Yeah,  I  think  so.     Or,  imagine  that  you  got  a  phone  call  from  Delta  Airlines  and  they  said,  “Congratulations,  you’ve  won   the  opportunity  to  fly  a  plane  from  Los  Angeles  to  San  Francisco:  equally  random  sweepstakes,  far  more   dangerous.  I  don’t  know  why  they  keep  doing  this.  You  keep  winning.  It  just  happens,  alright?       They  say,  “Alright,  you’re  going  to  fly  this  plane  from  Los  Angeles  to  San  Francisco.”  You  get  in  the  plane   and  you  set  your  course  and  you  are  0.1  degree  off  in  your  calculation.  By  the  time  you  land  the  plan  you  

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    will  be  five  miles  into  the  Pacific  Ocean.  You  would  miss  the  city  entirely.  You  would  not  have  a  safe   landing  at  all.  Just  0.1  degree  off  and  all  of  a  sudden  you’re  way  off  the  mark  of  where  you  wanted  to  be.     And  0.1  doesn’t  seem  like  a  big  deal.  It  seems  negligible.  It  seems  like  it  will  hopefully  work  itself  out.   And  particularly  in  the  church  world  what  can  happen  is  that  we  can  know  that  there  is  some   misalignment.  We  can  know  that  there  are  some  things  that  are  just  a  little  bit  off.  But  because  we  don’t   want  to  hurt  anybody’s  feelings,  because  we  don’t  really  want  to  say  anything,  or  because  they’ve  been   here  for  a  really  long  time  we  ignore  the  0.1.  Then,  all  of  a  sudden,  we  look  up  and  we  realize  that  we’re   not  the  church  that  we  wanted  to  be.     Maybe  you’ve  been  a  part  of  a  church  that’s  experienced  mission  drift.  They  used  to  be  all  about   reaching  new  people  and  introducing  Jesus  to  people  who  were  far  from  Him.  And  then,  all  of  a  sudden,   you  looked  up  and  it  was  the  same  old  people  in  the  same  old  seats  each  and  every  weekend.  The   mission  had  drifted.               Or  maybe  you  were  a  part  of  a  church  that  was  really  involved  in  the  community,  and  really  reaching  out   to  its  neighbors  then,  all  of  a  sudden,  you  looked  up  and  the  church  had  become  about  keeping   Christians  happy  and  everybody  in  the  seats  got  a  say.  And  that  really  ruled  the  day.  The  mission  h