Stop Going To Church - Part 3: Identifying Members

MICRO CHURCH GUIDE
August 29, 2021
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ANNOUNCEMENTS


Join a Micro Church Today
We are excited to be spread out in homes all across our city today in our Micro Churches. If you missed our Micro Church launch last week, you can still get connected today. We are hosting an online Micro Church at onelifeknox.com/zoom that is open to anyone. Just click the link and hop on anytime between 10 and 11:30am. We'll experience the service together, dive into the group discussion questions together, and help you find a Micro Church to get involved with after today.

OneLife Students 2022 Summer Camp - June 13-17
OneLife Students is going to Student Life Camp this Summer at Lee University, June 13th - 17th. This is going to be a great experience where your student will get to grow closer to God, their small groups, and their leaders! Early Bird Registration is now open. Visit onelifeknox.com/camp to sign up.

Kid City Fall Team Night - August 31
Did you know that every month it takes a TON of volunteers to prepare all of the arts and crafts, games, and lesson plans for our kids ministry? That’s where you come in! At 6:30pm on Tuesday, August 31 at your campus, you’re invited to help us make it all happen as we get Kid City themed out for the fall. From cutting out crafts, to organizing lesson plans, building crazy games, and more - it’s a lot of fun and it’s a huge way for you to support Kid City. Mark “Team Night” on your Online Connection Card for more information or to let us know you’re coming.

Baptism
Since April, we’ve seen over 2 dozen people baptized, which has been incredible! If you’ve given your life to Jesus but haven’t taken the step of baptism then there’s never been a better time than now. Mark the baptism box on your Online Connection Card and we’ll help you get started.

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GIVE BACK

Give Jesus your best! Make a one-time tithe or offering or to set up a recurring tithe or offering: Click Here To Give Online.

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SERMON NOTES & DISCUSSION

Discussion Break - Start Talking
When have you joined something as a member that was simply based on signing up for it or based on a promise to do something in the future rather than a history of commitment or experience?

How much ownership and connection did you feel? Was it easy or hard to walk away from that membership? Why?

When have you joined something because of a shared commitment that required a track record of commitment or experience? How did you experience that this was different than the previous examples? Was it easy or hard to walk away from that membership? Why?

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Bottom Line: True members are bought in members.


Numbers 1:1-4 NLT
1 A year after Israel’s departure from Egypt, the Lord spoke to Moses in the Tabernacle in the wilderness of Sinai. On the first day of the second month of that year he said, 2 “From the whole community of Israel, record the names of all the warriors by their clans and families. List all the men 3 twenty years old or older who are able to go to war. You and Aaron must register the troops, 4 and you will be assisted by one family leader from each tribe.

Numbers 1:3 NLT
3 twenty years old or older who are able to go to war. You and Aaron must register the troops,

1. The list identifies who is ready for battle.

Numbers 1:2-3 NLT
2 “From the whole community of Israel, record the names of all the warriors by their clans and families. List all the men 3 twenty years old or older who are able to go to war. You and Aaron must register the troops,

2. Members on the list are able to go into battle.

Numbers 1:1 NLT
1 A year after Israel’s departure from Egypt, the Lord spoke to Moses in the Tabernacle in the wilderness of Sinai. On the first day of the second month of that year he said,

3. Members who are able have shown a commitment and shown they are ready for battle.

A local church is an individual, identifiable, and accountable group of believers committed to each other and their shared mission.

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Discussion Break - Start Thinking
Why do you think God wanted Moses and Aaron to actually register the members of the army on a list? What would have been challenging or even impossible to do if there had not been a list?

Why do you think God told them to only register those who were able rather than anyone who wanted to be members of the Army? How much harder would this have been if they had to do it a year earlier rather than a year after being freed from Egypt and beginning their journey as a new nation?

The members of this army were identified as already being part of the community and already able to function as a member. How is this similar to identifying the members of the following: a flock (1 Peter 5:2), the parts of a body (1 Corinthians 12:27), and the members of a family (1 Timothy 3:15)?

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OneLife Church Membership
Find more information about how we are following this model to identify the members of OneLife Church.

http://www.onelifeknox.com/membership

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Discussion Break - Start Sharing
Identifying members at OneLife means simply "registering" those who have already shown they are on mission, just like Moses "registered" those who had shown they were already ready and able to be on mission. How are you on mission with OneLife's calling to see people far from God discover Jesus and how their one life can make a difference? Specifically, how do:

- Experience Jesus?
- Give Jesus your best?
- Don't do life alone?
- Multiply like Jesus?

(See the link above - onelifeknox.com/membership - for a description of what we mean when we say each of those four statements.)
Which of those four above is most natural for you? Which do you struggle with the most?

How do you think this annual process of identifying our members based on the above can help you in your own journey and spiritual development?

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CONNECTION CARDS

Be sure to fill out the online Connection Card to let us know next steps, prayer requests, or other information you'd like to share, Click Here.

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MULTIPLICATION

Share spiritual/missional conversations you've had where you live, work, and play:

  • Who did you have a conversation with that took a spiritual/missional turn this week?
  • What questions did you ask to discover where God is at work in their life, even if they are not aware?
  • How were you able to share your story of life change or how you have experienced Jesus?
  • How can you be intentional this week with people where you live, work, and play to have spiritual/missional conversations if the opportunity arises?
  • Who in your life do you think could be discipleable or open to spiritual/missional conversations?

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WHAT'S NEXT?

Discuss the next step for your micro church. When will we gather again, and which purpose will it fulfill (missions, fellowship/care, growth, worship, multiplication)?