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Week One A Radically Engaged Church Ephesians 4:16 From Him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work.

Opening Remarks—Scott Farmer, Senior Pastor A Central Asian church planter visited Danville last year at the invitation of Bern and Cheryl Thompson. Several years ago when CPC sent the Thompsons to teach Peacemaker seminars in Central Asia, the church planter opened their eyes. The church is growing in Central Asia. Lives are being transformed, the gospel is being shared, compassion is on the loose and generosity from one poor person to another astonishes outsiders. Central Asia church planters expect prison time, but it turns out prisons are great places for recruiting people to new hope for a Savior, and discipline new leaders for a growing church! I want my eyes opened to more of what he’s got. Not necessarily the prisons or the poverty, but the passion, contagious zeal, the transformed life stories, and the astonishing generosity and compassion. When your Session prayed for new vision, we couldn’t stop with “vision statements.” These statements became passionate prayers. Only with Christ at the center of our affection, attention, and allegiance, will we come close to experiencing anything like “radically expressing God’s compassion and generosity,” “passionately living as Christ’s disciples,” and “having a contagious zeal for people meeting Christ.”


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The San Ramon Valley is pretty comfortable for many of us . . . unless we get our eyes opened. I pray a holy discomfort among us, wanting more of God and the life transformation God has for us! Welcome to Radically Engaged Vision 2020. Let’s get started!

Warm it Up When you look at the five vision themes—Life Transforming, Gospel Sharing, Compassionate, Generous, Intergenerational, to which one are you most drawn? Which offers the greatest challenge? Why?

Talk it Over Read Ephesians 4: 1-16. 1.

Paul tells us in verse 1 to “live a life worthy of the calling you have received.” What does living a life worthy of your calling look like?

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Ephesians 4:16 provides the biblical anchor for CPC’s vision statement: “From Him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work.” What is God’s part in building up Christ’s body, (or fulfilling God’s vision for His body)? What is our part?

3. If Vision 2020 is realized, what might “builds itself up in love” look like at CPC? In your own life?

Work it Out 1.

What is your part in the body of Christ? Who have you been called to be and what have you been called to do, at CPC and/or in the body of Christ?


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Pray it Through Let’s pray together CPC’s Radically Engaged Vision 2020 prayer: “Lord, by 2020 may CPC be a transformed, intergenerational community passionate about living as Christ’s disciples with a contagious zeal for people meeting Christ and radically expressing God’s compassion and generosity.” Amen!

Wrap it Up    

Let’s open our eyes to be Radically Engaged. Life Transformation is uncomfortable, but with God’s help we can grow and be “built up in love”. We each have a vital part in the body of Christ and are supported and joined together with other believers in Christ. Living a life worthy of our calling embraces our vision themes— to be life transforming, gospel sharing, compassionate, generous, and intergenerational.

A Radically Engaged Story by Patrick Jones A vision statement, by definition, is an intent for a specific group to look differently in the future than that group looks in the present. This can be translated to mean that a vision statement paints a picture of a journey on which that group is about to embark. CPC is now a community of Christ followers on a journey! The statement is not an end, but a means to engage our community to join in on a journey of faith and hope for a different sort of future.


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con’t. As an analogy, this summer my large Jones Family had a reunion. Some family members were fully engaged designing t-shirts, menus, and activities. Some others were still deciding if they even wanted to show up. The journey CPC has embarked on is the same. One person will look at the word "radical" and it will give them permission to shout "Amen!" and "Preach-it-Sister!" during the sermons on Sundays. Another will see the word "contagious" and want to run away for fear of catching something bad. Either way, our statement of a Radically Engaged Vision 2020 will make the members of CPC and all who come in contact with it think. They will think about CPC in particular and they will think about the radical nature of Christ as he proclaimed the gospel. And then they will try to tie the two together. For me, this statement gives me permission to "be the church." If the church is the bride of Christ, and all brides I know about are completely sold-out for their man, giddy with excitement, nervous about the possibilities, but full of hope for something new and wonderfully exciting, knowing full well that the wedding is an event, but the marriage is a lifetime, then that is what I want. I am going to make this time when the vision is being painted, the "wedding season" if you will, to be nothing short of intense excitement for a new day. And then somehow with Christ's help, take that excitement on the road and join in the journey that CPC has embarked on. 2020 is not the end nor the destination. For now, however, 2020 is a signpost beckoning us all to begin the journey as a community allowing those who are radically sold-out for Christ to express it while giving space and encouragement to those deciding if this is the journey for them.


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For Further Study

Stories of Radically Engaged:     

One body, many parts Ways to be radically engaged Holy living guidelines Practical advice for radical living Freed from demons

I Corinthians 12:12-31 Hebrews 13:1-3 Colossians 3:1-17 Romans 12:3-8 Mark 5: 18-20

Additional Resources: This study guide shares amazing stories of transformed lives from people radically engaged in serving others and sharing the gospel. You too can share your stories! Let us know how this study has inspired you. Email us at stories@cpcdanville.org. Visit the CPC website for other great resources for this study at www.cpcdanville.org.


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