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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