Jesus Prayed for Tucson (and you’re part of the answer)

Guest Preacher: David Drum

David Drum served as the solo and lead pastor of Community of Hope Lutheran Church in Tucson, Arizona from 1990-2011. During that time the church underwent several transitions while maintaining its unity. They went from having one pastor to to having a staff of several people. The church left one denomination for another, all the while maintaining a Lutheran denominational heritage while also embracing the Charismatic Renewal movement. On August 1, 2011, David started as the full-time Director of Church Development for 4Tucson, helping churches and pastors throughout Tucson work more closely together.

David has served on the national Board of Trustees and Board of Ministry for Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ (LCMC). He was the founder and leader for the Evangelical Renewal District of LCMC. He’s also served as president for Tucson Association of Evangelicals and Tucson Ministry Fellowship. David has also published Coming To Conclusions Biblically, a book addressing the Lutheran denominational struggles over topics relating to sexuality, and most recently, Jesus’ Surprising Strategy. In addition, he’s written numerous articles and sermons on a variety of topics. David is a native of Tucson, who graduated from the University of Arizona with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering. He also received his Masters of Divinity degree from Trinity Lutheran Seminary. David and his wife Valerie have four children.

 

Why Mission?

SERMON NOTES
August 30, 2015
Pastor Jim Toole and Pastor Bigimba Ngabo
Mark 12:29-31
Why Church?

Why Mission? 

In 2014 our church gave roughly $276,000 to mission partners locally and globally. Many of you support mission partners with your own money as well. So why do we do this?

What do we mean by “missions”?
The word “mission” comes from a Latin word that means “the act of sending.” A “mission work” is a work that can be done by sending someone to accomplish the task.

Who is a missionary?
In one sense, all Christians are missionaries. All children of God are “sent” by Christ into the world with a mission to seek and to save the lost. In a special sense, a missionary is a person sent to accomplish the mission of the church, which is two-fold — making and teaching disciples.

Mark 12:29-31
Jesus answered, “The first is, ‘Hear, O Israel: the Lord our God, the Lord is one; you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength.’ The second is this, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.”

Bigimba Ngabo
Goshen Ministries is an international organization that seeks to bring Hope to All Peoples. Founded by Pastor Bigimba Ngabo during a time of great unrest in the Central African region, this ministry began in Burundi with a church and orphanage and a great many refugees. Since that time, relocation to the United States has brought a great many of these stories to the Tucson area - and created many opportunities for collaboration in service to children at the orphanage, empowerment of the adults in the African countries and camps, as well as support in the transition to life in the United States. Bigimba and his wife, Aurore, have two children. 

 

Why Spiritual Formation?

SERMON NOTES
August 23
Rev. Jim Toole
John 15:4-5
Why Church?

Why Spiritual Formation? 

Greg Ogden in the book Discipleship Essentials describes a disciple as one who responds in faith and obedience to the gracious call to follow Jesus Christ. Being a disciple is a lifelong process of dying to self while allowing Jesus Christ to come alive in us.

Discipleship is meant to be a way of life!

Theme: We as individuals will grow in discipleship in direct relationship to how much we allow Christ to permeate all of our life!

So this morning I want to highlight five markers or habits that Richard Foster prescribes to help us take on the life of Jesus—to become followers of Jesus—and as a result to be transformed from the inside out. These biblical strands of discipleship throughout church history have been highlighted in the book by Richard Foster, Streams of Living Water

  1. A Prayer-Filled Life: Our heart’s steady attention on God
  2. A Virtuous Life: Responding with integrity
  3. A Spirit-Empowered Life: Fueling our lives from the presence and power of the Holy Spirit.
  4. A Compassionate Life: Extending compassion in every sphere of life
  5. A Word-Centered Life: Living the life-giving message

It will not be good enough to see discipleship done an hour here or an hour there. A healthy life of discipleship is where we start to integrate and permeate our lives with the habits of a Prayer Filled Life, Obedient Life, Spirit Empowered Life, Compassionate Life and a Word Centered Life. It becomes a beautiful woven chord of Spiritual healthy habits in our lives.

 

Why Community?

Sermon Notes
August, 16, 2015
Mat Grover
Acts 2:42
Why Church?

 Why Community?

Acts 2:42-43

They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. Everyone was filled with awe at the many wonders and signs performed by the apostles. 

We need community to:

Grow – We grow in Christ’s likeness in community. Jesus modeled to His followers what it meant to love God and neighbor in very specific situations.

Serve – God has given each of us gifts- special abilities and skills – to serve Him in the world and in the church. It is by living in a community of believers where we can discuss our passions, test our gifts and be encouraged, counseled and prayed for by those who know us.

Witness – ”A city on a hill cannot be hidden!“ (Matthew 5:14). Our community together is an outreach to others and a witness of the Gospel of Christ. As Jesus prays in John 17:23, ”May they be brought to complete unity to let the world know that you sent Me and have loved them even as you have loved Me.“

Moving forward:

What would it look like if we, like the early church, devoted ourselves to each other, living, learning, eating, praying with and for each other; devoted to our community?

 

Why Church?

SERMON NOTES
August 9, 2015
Rev. Dr. Jim Toole
Acts 2:42-43
Why Church?

WHY CHURCH?

This sermon series will lay out many different connection points for all of us regardless if you have been with us for a few months or if you have been with us for several years. All of us are longing for a deeper connection.

The primary ingredients of the early church:

  • They fellowshipped, they were in relationship
  • They would Study Together
  • They also prayed together and were led by the Holy Spirit
  • They caused an awe of God to those watching

We have structured our church around these ingredients. We organize ourselves at St. Andrew’s around four primary Clusters or Departments.

  • Spiritual Formation Cluster- Adult, Children and Youth
  • Community Life Cluster – Caring, fellowship, membership
  • Evangelism/Outreach Cluster – Worship, missions, and outreach
  • Support Cluster – All things operationally