God is, by his very nature, out-going, outward-facing and on-mission. Always has been. Always will be. And human beings, made in His image, are created to live on-mission with Himbut do we? Join us as we explore seven of the most common obstacles to living in fulfillment of our purpose as God’s children.

FORGOTTEN FIRST LOVES

CRAIG SMITH | read his bio

Revelation 2:1-7

Now, I know a lot of people think of Revelation as this big, scary, confusing book of the Bible, but the part we’re going to be looking at is pretty straightforward. Yes, there’s some symbolism and some figurative imagery, but God explains most of it pretty clearly, so there’s not a lot that’s confusing here….but there is a lot that’s challenging, because this section of Revelation is all about mission killers, all about things that have the potential to suck the purpose out of our lives and our churches.

THE INTIMIDATION MONSTER

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SEPTEMBER

15/16

Revelation 2:8-11

We’re in week 2 of our Mission Killers series, looking at common obstacles that take us off mission with Jesus. Today we’re looking at a mission killer we’ll call the Intimidation Monster. Ever been in a situation where there was an opportunity to speak the truth about Jesus or the Gospel…but found yourself hesitant to speak up? Join us as we look at Jesus’ message to the church in Smyrna on how to overcome intimidation as we join Him on mission.

COUNTERFEIT AUTHORITY

KIP NANNINGA | read his bio

SEPTEMBER

22/23

Revelation 2:12-17

Join us as we continue our series on “Mission Killers” – things that threaten to take us off mission with Jesus. Today we look at Jesus’ letter to the church in Pergamum, a city where Christians faced a lot of social pressure to compromise their beliefs. We’ll unpack Jesus’ message to this group of believers about the dangers of compromise and counterfeit authority.

THE DEEPER DECEPTION

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SEPTEMBER

29/30

Revelation 2:18-29

Today we’re going to talk about a mission killer we’ll call the Deeper Deception. The Deeper Deception is a strategy for taking us off mission with Jesus by convincing us that the Gospel isn’t enough. You need something else, something more, something that you’re missing out on, something that will really take your spiritual life up a notch. Join us as we look at what Jesus has to say about the Deeper Deception.

ZOMBIE FAITH

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Revelation 3:1-6

We’re in week 5 of our Mission Killers series where we’re taking a look at how we identify and overcome the things that are trying to take us off mission with Jesus. Today we’re going to talk about maybe the most dangerous one….not because it’s more powerful than any of the others but simply because it’s harder to recognize. Join us as we look at the dangers of “Zombie Faith.”

THE DISCOURAGEMENT DRAGON

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Revelation 3:7-13

Today we’re going to look at the mission killer we’ll call the Discouragement Dragon. The Discouragement Dragon works by sapping our courage. See, following Jesus – and especially following him on mission – always requires courage. And courage is exactly what the Discouragement Dragon goes after.

REPUTATION MANAGEMENT

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Revelation 3:14-22

As we wrap up our Mission Killers series, we have one more letter from the book of Revelation to take a look at. One more letter that Jesus wrote to one of his churches in the first century. One more letter that opens our eyes to a potential mission killer, to something that, if we’re not careful, can take us off mission with Jesus.

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