"So continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, they ate their food with gladness and simplicity of heart, praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily those who were being saved" -Acts 2:46-47
We celebrate wins to cultivate a grateful culture.
We need to be grateful for God is the God of small and BIG wins.
The Lord has done great things for us, And we are glad -Psalms 126:3
Progress Inspires Us
When there is a sense of progress, even if it is small, we can experience meaning and joy. Bearing fruit and making progress is an intrinsic human nature. We are created to bear fruit, "Then God blessed them, and God said to them, Be fruitful" (Genesis 1:28).
Power In Celebrating Small Wins
There is power in celebrating every win NOT just the BIG ones. When we celebrate small wins, it inspires us to go for another small win. The combination of small wins sets into motion to go for the BIG goal. God is the God of small things "For who has despised the day of small things?" Zechariah 4:10.
Don't Let The Big Goals Make The Small Wins Insignificant
When you measure small wins, it makes you realize that the big goals are attainable.
WHAT IS OUR PURPOSE
Santa Clara First Baptist Church's mission is: "to make disciples of Jesus Christ who love God, obey God, serve God and help others become followers of Jesus."
WHAT DID WE WANT TO BECOME?
Santa Clara First Baptist Church will be a church "Connecting real people to the real God to experience real love."
HOW DID WE BEHAVE?- THREE VALUES & PRINCIPLES
The principles and values the church and leaders will follow in carrying out the activities of the organization.
"And they continued steadfastly in the apostles' doctrine and fellowship" (Acts 2:42)
1. ROOTED IN THE WORD
- Jesus was rooted in the word -He came to fulfill the word
- The early church was rooted in the word - The early followed the teaching of Jesus
- SCFBC is rooted in the word -We are here to fulfill the Great Commandment and the Great Commission
Why is it important to be rooted in the Word?
- It is not EMPTY Isaiah 55:10-11
- It is like a HAMMER Jeremiah 23:28-29
- It is FAITHFUL Jeremiah 23:28-29
- It is POWERFUL 1 Thessalonians 1:5
- It sets you FREE John 8:31-32
Jesus had absolute confidence in the Scripture. He never questioned the authority of the word of God.
- He came to fulfill the WORD -Matthew 5:17-18
- He used the WORD to overcome temptation - Luke 4:16-21
- He used the WORD against Satan - Luke 4:1-13
- He used the WORD to engage in controversy with the religious leaders -Mark 7 &12
- He used the WORD to teach His disciples- Luke Luke 24:25ff
"And they continued steadfastly... in the breaking of bread, and in prayers" Acts 2:42
2. ROOTED IN PRAYER
- Jesus was rooted in prayer
- The early Church was rooted in prayer
- SCFBC is rooted in prayer
This is an essential goal and we will continue to cultivate a culture of prayer.
- Jesus was the word, the son of God, He was God, so why did Jesus pray.
- Jesus prayed to have a relationship with the Father
- Jesus prayed to do the will of the Father in heaven
- Jesus prayed because He was a righteous man
- Jesus prayed for the same reason we prayed as human beings.
Prayerlessness is directly proportional to our pride and self-sufficiency
- Pray to have a relationship with God
- Pray to follow Jesus
"So continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, they ate their food with gladness and simplicity of heart" -Acts 2:46
3. ROOTED IN DISCIPLESHIP
- Jesus was rooted in God - I came forth from the Father (John 16:28)
- The early was rooted in Christ -Rooted and built up in Him (Colossians 2:7-9)
- SCFBC is rooted in Christ -He is the head of the body, the church (Colossians 1:18)
Build Momentum In Challenging Times
- Celebrate small wins to cultivate a grateful culture.
- A culture of gratitude gives the opportunity to publicly acknowledge the good work of the staff, volunteers, and an individual. This can help create new energy and excitement in a challenging time.
Let us celebrate every win with God and "in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you"-1 Thessalonians 5:18.