Why are we here? Slide 2 Who are we? Slide 3 Who is our neighbour? Slide 4 What shall we do? Slide 5 Jeremiah 29:1-13 page May 25, 2014 Why Are We Here? Slide 6 Slide 7 Slide 8 The Jews to whom Jeremiah was writing were asking themselves the question, Why are we here? Slide 9 Slide 10 From the very beginning, God declares that it was He, not Nebuchadnezzar, who was responsible for the people going into exile. They are still in the palm of Gods hand. Slide 11 Gods goal for his people in Babylon is to settle down and get to work changing their surroundings for the better. Slide 12 Slide 13 No matter where we find ourselves, God is already at work there! Why are we here? Slide 14 The culture around us has changed dramatically, and not for the better. Slide 15 Slide 16 Why are we here? Slide 17 1. Conception and Birth 2. Creative Formation 3. Performance Stability 4. Protective Maintenance 5. Closure Slide 18 Slide 19 1. C & B 2. Creative Formation 3. Perf. Stab. 4. Prot. Maint. 5. Closure Refocus Revitalize Redevelop Slide 20 Who are we? Who is our neighbour? What shall we do? Slide 21 Why are we here? Who are we? Who is our neighbour? What shall we do? Slide 22 We begin by first surrendering our minds. We ask God to help us see. Second we surrender our hearts and we ask God to help us hear. Third, we surrender our wills and ask God to help us be. Slide 23 Slide 24 To do this week: intentionally set aside time with God each day. Pray for help surrendering to him and ask him to help you see, hear and be what he has called our church to be. Then pay attention to his answers.