OUR PRAYER FOR YOU

“I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know Him better. I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which He has called you, the riches of His glorious inheritance in His holy people.” (EPHESIANS 1:17–18)

Our spiritual journey consists of four steps:

1.

“[I pray]… that you may know Him better [personally].”

“Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. Many will say to Me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name drive out demons and perform many miracles?’ Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you.’” (MATTHEW 7:21–23)

2.

“[I pray]… that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened [focused and clear].”
(EPHESIANS 1:17–18)

“Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed.”
(JAMES 5:16)

3.

“[I pray]… that you may know the hope to which He has called you.” (EPHESIANS 1:17–18)

“We have different gifts, according to the grace given us.” (ROMANS 12:6)

“All of you together are Christ’s body, and each of you is a part of it.”(1 CORINTHIANS 12:27)

4.

“[I pray]… that you may grasp the immensity of this glorious way of life He has for His followers [in His holy people].” (EPHESIANS 1:17–18)

“This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples. I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete.” (JOHN 15:8, 11)

“God has given gifts to each of you from His great variety of spiritual gifts. Use them well to serve one another.”
(1 PETER 4:10 NLT)

KNOW GOD

We consider reaching people who do not know God personally to be one of our greatest responsibilities. Our Sunday services are for people at all stages in their spiritual journey but are primarily designed for those who do not yet have a genuine relationship with God.

Our Sunday services focus on four values:

1.

We believe church should be enjoyable.

“I was glad when they said to me, ‘Let us go into the house of the Lord.’” (PSALM 122:1 NKJV)

2.

We believe church should be a place where people experience God’s presence.

“But…when some unbelievers or ordinary people come in, they will be convinced of their sin by what they hear. They will be judged by all they hear, their secret thoughts will be brought into the open, and they will bow down and worship God, confessing, ‘Truly God is here among you!’” (1 CORINTHIANS 14:24-25 GNT)


3.

We believe church should be a place where people learn how the Bible applies to their daily lives.

“So Christ Himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, to equip His people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up.” (EPHESIANS 4:11-12)

4.

We believe church should be a place where people can be saved!

“Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.’ But how can they call on Him to save them unless they believe in Him? And how can they believe in Him if they have never heard about Him? And how can they hear about Him unless someone tells them?” (ROMANS 10:13-14 NLT)

IN OUR CITY, OUR NATION, AND OUR WORLD

In addition to our efforts during Sunday services, we are focused on reaching people in three key places designated by Jesus:

“You will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” (ACTS 1:8)

1. “In Jerusalem” —

“Real religion, the kind that passes muster before God the Father, is this: Reach out to the homeless and loveless in their plight.” (JAMES 1:27)

The primary way we reach our city is through our Sunday services, Saturday Serves, and Outreach Small Groups.

2. “In Judea and Samaria” —

“4 As they traveled from town to town, they delivered the decisions reached by the apostles and elders in Jerusalem for the people to obey. 5 So the churches were strengthened in the faith and grew daily in numbers.” (ACTS 16:4-5)

The primary way we reach our nation is by starting new churches and strengthening existing churches through the Association of Related Churches (ARC).

ARC is a church-planting organization that helped us plant Legacy Church. ARC has planted over 1,100 self-sustaining local churches. We continue to support ARC today as it trains, coaches, and resources hundreds of new church plants across America and abroad every year.

Learn more about ARC at www.arcchurches.com

3. “To the ends of the earth” —

“Jesus said to His followers, ‘Go everywhere in the world, and tell the Good News to everyone.’” (MARK 16:15 NCV)

The primary way we reach our world is through strategic missions. At Legacy Church, we intentionally invest a portion of our resources in missions work all around the world with a focus on unreached people groups, children, and church planting.

HOW YOU CAN PARTICIPATE


1.

Pray that we might reach people in each of these areas with the Good News of Jesus.
  • August – 21 Days of Prayer and Feasting
  • January – 21 Days of Prayer and Fasting


“Then He said to His disciples, ‘The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into His harvest field.’” (MATTHEW 9:37-38)


2.

Give your time and resources to reach people for Christ.

“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will also be.” (MATTHEW 6:19-21)

At Legacy Church, we believe there is no great divide between the “ministers” and the “congregation.” Everyone has something they can do to impact the lives of others in the Kingdom of God. From our perspective, every member of Legacy Church is a minister, every person is gifted in some area, and every task is important. Discover what you do well, and take steps to use your gifts to make a difference.

3.

Go to our cities, nation, and world to serve others and show people the love of God.

“Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, ‘Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?’ And I said, ‘Here am I. Send me!’ He said, ‘Go and tell this people…’” (ISAIAH 6:8-9)

Legacy Church is a “GO” church. We “GO” by serving on the Legacy Team, participating in Serve Days, and going on short term mission trips.

CHURCH FINANCES

“Every Sunday each of you make an offering and put it in safekeeping. Be as generous as you can. When I get there you’ll have it ready, and I won’t have to make a special appeal.” (1 CORINTHIANS 16:1-4)

At Legacy Church, we practice tithing for the support of Christ’s body, the church, as God commands. We recognize that giving 10% of our income is the Biblical standard for giving.

“Be sure to set aside a tenth of all that your fields produce each year.” (DEUTERONOMY 14:22-26)

“Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test Me in this,” says the Lord Almighty, “and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that there will not be room enough to store it.” (MALACHI 3:10)

Giving is one of the central themes in the Bible. Jesus talked more about this subject than Heaven, Hell, or prayer. To understand what it means to be a Christ-follower, we must also understand what it means to be a giver.

The tithe, or “first fruits” of our labor/income belong to God. We find this principle all through God’s Word. Tithing, giving God the first 10% of our income to the local church, is the primary, practical way we acknowledge that God is first (Proverbs 3:9–10).

An offering is giving over and above the tithe. The Bible says that by giving generously, we are able to “take hold of the life that is truly life.” You aren’t really living unless you are freely giving (1 Timothy 6:18–19).

The gift of giving is a spiritual gift that God gives to some people. Those with the gift of giving should give generously. (Romans 12:8).

It is a Spirit-given capacity and desire to serve God by giving of your material resources, far beyond the tithe, to further the work of God.

Many people love to give to God and as they do, they want to feel confident in the organization through which they give. At Legacy Church, we want people to understand they are giving to God through the church, not to the church. As we openly share the honesty, integrity, and spiritual values that guide the financial practices of Legacy Church, we believe people can focus on what God is calling them to give and trust that He is leading our church to steward it well.

The giving of tithes and offerings is worship to Jesus and an expression of the relationship between the individual giver and the Lord. That is why we don’t have people fill out pledge cards or make faith promises. Funds are not “income only,” they are worship and are not considered to be a business transaction but an expression of gratitude toward God.

FIND FREEDOM

We believe life change happens in the context of relationships. Small Groups have one simple purpose: to bring people together. God created us to live in community with others, and it is only then that we can experience the full life He intends for us.

SMALL GROUPS PROVIDE THREE THINGS

1. A place towith others

“Yes, whatever a person is like, I try to find common ground with him so he will let me tell him about Christ and let Christ save him.” (1 CORINTHIANS 9:22 TLB)

We were not made to do life alone. God created us for community, and Small Groups provide a place for you to connect with others, share life, and grow in faith together.

2. A place to each other

“We know what real love is because Jesus gave up His life for us. So we also ought to give up our lives for our brothers and sisters.” (1 JOHN 3:16 NLT)

When we do life together, our problems become smaller as God uses others to bring support and encouragement to our lives. Small Groups become a place where others don’t just know your name but care about what is happening in your life and want to support you in your spiritual journey.

3. A place to together

“As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.” (PROVERBS 27:17)

We believe every person is created with God-given potential to make a difference in the world. Small Groups are a place you can grow with others to become more like Jesus and reach the potential God has put inside you.

LEGACY CHURCH SMALL GROUPS MODEL

We base our Small Groups model on the early church as described in the Bible in the book of Acts. In Acts, you can read about how small group meetings in homes helped lay the foundation for tremendous growth in the first church in Jerusalem.

”Day after day, in the temple courts and from house to house, they never stopped teaching and proclaiming the good news that Jesus is the Messiah.” (ACTS 5:42)

“You know that I have not hesitated to preach anything that would be helpful to you but have taught you publicly and from house to house.” (ACTS 20:20)

Legacy Church is a church of Small Groups, not a church with Small Groups.

FOUR THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT LEGACY CHURCH SMALL GROUPS

We want people to gather together based on things they enjoy and are important to them. Essentially, the things you are already doing in your life are the things that can make up your Small Group! From sports groups to lunch groups, parenting groups to student groups, Bible study groups to creative arts groups, our groups are as varied as we are.

Life flows in seasons, and we want to make it easy for you to be in the right Small Group for you in each season. This is why we have new groups that start and stop three times a year in what we refer to as “semesters.”

Fall semester 13 weeks: September-December

Winter/Spring semester 13 weeks: February-May

Our hope is for every person at Legacy Church to be connected in authentic community through a Small Group. With so many groups to choose from, we are confident there is a group that is a great fit for you. You can search groups by topic, location, day, and time in our online Small Groups directory at legacychurch.in/groups. Once you find a few groups that interest you, contact the leaders to learn more and make plans to check them out in person.

We believe leading/co-leading a group is simple because we all have something to offer others. Whether it’s something you are passionate about, an experience you’ve had that can help others, or an area in which you are looking to grow, leading/co-leading a group is a great way to bring people together in authentic community.

To learn more about becoming a Small Group leader or hosting a group, we invite you to attend a Small Group Leader Orientation held each semester before Small Group Launch.

DISCOVER PURPOSE

Next Steps at Legacy Church exists to help you discover and develop your purpose and live the full life God created for you. Next Steps is made up of two steps, which guide you through next steps in your journey to know God, find freedom, discover purpose, and make a difference.

(HEBREWS 6:1) “Let us move beyond the elementary teachings about Christ and be taken forward to maturity.”

(JOHN 10:10) “I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.”

LEGACY CHURCH NEXT STEPS

1. stepONE –

Explore the ministry of Legacy Church and find out how to connect with our church. stepONE takes place the first Sunday of every month.

2. stepTWO-

Dive into the details of your personality, discover your gifts, and see how your design reveals your purpose in life and your best fit in ministry. stepTWO takes place the second Sunday of every month.

CREATE A LEGACY

All of us were created by God to make a difference in the world around us. God has a place for you where your unique abilities and passions can impact the lives of others. We believe your life will never make sense until you find, develop, and fulfill your purpose.

“For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” (EPHESIANS 2:10)

“Now God gives us many kinds of special abilities…and there are different kinds of service to God [ministry]…All of you together are the one Body of Christ and each of you is a separate and necessary part of it.” (1 CORINTHIANS 12:4-5, 27 TLB)

You can start by joining the Legacy Team at stepTWO of Next Steps!

Legacy Church Membership Covenant

Having received Christ as my Lord and Savior and being in agreement with the values and ideas presented in stepONE of Next Steps, I now feel led by the Holy Spirit to unite with the Legacy Church family. In doing so, I make the following commitment to God and my fellow church members:

1. I will protect the unity of my church by:

Acting in love towards others, Refusing to gossip, having confidence in the leadership 

“So let us concentrate on the things which make for harmony, and on the growth of our fellowship together.” (ROMANS 14:19 PH)

“Live in complete harmony with each other—each with the attitude of Christ toward each other.” (ROMANS 15:5 TLB)

“Have a sincere love for other believers, love one another earnestly with all your heart.” (1 PETER 1:22 GNT)

“Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs.” (EPHESIANS 4:29)

“Have confidence in your leaders and submit to their authority, because they keep watch over you as those who must give an account. Do this so that their work will be a joy, not a burden, for that would be of no benefit to you.” (HEBREWS 13:17)

2. I will share the responsibility of my church by:

Praying for its growth and health, Inviting the unchurched to attend, Warmly welcoming those who visit 

“To the church…we always thank God for all of you and continually mention you in our prayers.” (1 THESSALONIANS 1:1-2)

“Go out into the country…and urge anyone you find to come in, so that the house will be full.” (LUKE 14:23 TLB)
“So, warmly welcome each other into the church, just as Christ has warmly welcomed you; then God will be glorified.” (ROMANS 15:7 TLB)

3. I will serve the ministry of my church by:

Discovering my gifts and talents, Using my God-given gifts to make a difference in the lives of others, Developing a servant’s heart

“Serve one another with the particular gifts God has given each of you.” (1 PETER 4:10) 

“So Christ Himself gave…pastors and teachers, to equip His people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up.” (EPHESIANS 4:11-12)

“Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others. Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus… taking the form of a bondservant.” (PHILIPPIANS 2:4-5, 7 NKJV)

4. I will support the testimony of my church by:

Attending worship experiences and Small Groups faithfully, Living a Godly life, Giving regularly.

“They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.” (ACTS 2:42)

“Let us not neglect our meeting together…but encourage one another.” (HEBREWS 10:25 NLT)

“But whatever happens, make sure that your everyday life is worthy of the Gospel of Christ.” (PHILIPPIANS 1:27 PH)

 

NEXT STEPS YOU CAN TAKE TODAY

You can join a Legacy Team here!

Not sure what team is a good fit for you? Take the Ministry Gifts Assessment here!

 

 

When you think about suffering, what comes to mind? Do you envision bedraggled children with distended stomachs, a hospital patient hooked up to life-sustaining medical equipment, or a courageous veteran dealing with the aftermath of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.  Adversity seems to be a common denominator to human existence, but what does the Bible have to say about suffering?

Jesus spoke to His disciples about suffering. One of the most well-known verses reads, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me” (Matthew 16:24 ESV). The Greek word for cross in this verse is staurós. It refers to the crossbeam which the lowest criminals carried as they trudged toward their execution. The cross symbolized degradation and indescribable pain as well as sacrifice.

While the invitation to eternal life is free, it comes at a price–certain suffering.

Legacy Church Core Values

Core Value #1: Jesus is our

(Hebrews 12:1-2 NKJV) Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, 2 looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith.

At Legacy Church we are going to point people to Jesus!

Core Value #2: Serving is our

(Matthew 23:11-12) The greatest among you will be your servant. 12 For those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.

(Mark 10:45) ​​For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.

This is our calling as believers, if Jesus came down from heaven to serve then how much more should we serve others.

(Philippians 2:3-4) Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, 4 not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.

We are most like Christ when we serve others in humility

  • When you are serving in Legacy Kids
  • When you are smiling and waving in the parking lot
  • When you are making coffee and setting up banners
  • When you are setting out chairs
  • When you are setting up production gear

Core Value #3: Scripture is our

People Change, Culture Changes, The Word of God remains the same

(Psalm 119:89) Your word, Lord, is eternal; it stands firm in the heavens.

We are going to be a church that points people back to scripture.

(Psalm 119:105) Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path.

At Legacy we will use the Bible as our guide for all doctrine:

(2 Timothy 3:16-17) All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, 17 so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.

Core Value #4: Generosity is our

We are most like God when we give.

(John 3:16) For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son.

(Proverbs 3:9–10) Honor the Lord with your wealth, with the firstfruits of all your crops; then your barns will be filled to overflowing, and your vats will brim over with new wine

(1 Timothy 6:18–19) Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share. In this way they will lay up treasure for themselves as a firm foundation for the coming age, so that they may take hold of the life that is truly life.

The gift of giving is a spiritual gift that God gives to people

(Romans 12:6-8) We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your faith; 7 if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach; 8 if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead, do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully.

Generosity is a Spirit-given desire to serve God by giving of your material resources, your talent, and your time to further the work of God.

Core Value #5: Community is our

We live in an age where information is prevalent, but community is scarce.

(Proverbs 27:17) As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.

This core value is for community with one another but it also means we pursue the community around us:

  • Where we live
  • Where we work
  • Where we play

We don’t want to just be a “come and see us” church we want to be a “Go and tell” church.

Core Value #6: Excellence is our

(Ecclesiastes 9:10) Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might.

Whatever our hands find to do, we are going to do it with everything we have, to the best of our abilities, for the glory of God.

Core Value #7: Joy is our

(Psalm 118:24) This is the day the Lord has made. We will rejoice and be glad in it.

Joy comes from the Lord.

(Nehemiah 8:10) The joy of the Lord is your strength.

What is the Holy Spirit speaking to you today?

Announcements

You can join a Legacy Team here!

Not sure what team is a good fit for you? Take the Ministry Gifts Assessment here!

Serve with us next Saturday, July 7th at 9AM! We’ll launch from Greenwood Christian Academy to show the city of Greenwood the love of Jesus through tangible acts of service. Breakfast provided, so come hungry! Kids are welcome to serve alongside their parents. Grab your Serve Team shirt in the lobby! Join a Serve Group here.

 

 

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