Today's Message


Creating a Legacy of Personal Mission

1 Corinthians 9:19-23

Airs: July 22 - July 24

Leaders without a purpose are like ships without a captains. Their decisions are often based on surveys and polls instead of substance and principles. They waffle and flip-flop on issues. Their followers are frustrated, disillusioned, and disloyal. On the other hand, successful leaders have a sense of personal mission. Their decisions are based on general principles and a big-picture perspective rather than popular opinion or emotional whims. They can communicate clear objectives to their followers and measure success by more than just gut feelings. Each person needs a personal mission. Many of us are just going through the motions, not sure where we’re going or how to get there. Without a personal mission, we’re like a ship adrift on the waves of change or a butterfly fluttering from flower to flower, never satisfied and always searching for “just the right thing.” By the end of this lesson we want you to discover why it’s important to have a personal mission, decide what types of things need to be part of your personal mission, and then take some time to prayerfully write a first draft of your own mission statement. As we tackle this issue, we’ll begin by looking at a Christian’s corporate mission—what God wants all believers to do. Then we’ll look at a biblical example of a personal mission—what God called one individual to accomplish as part of that bigger purpose.

July 23, 2014
Creating a Legacy of Personal Mission
Creating a Legacy


  • July 25 - July 29 Creating a Legacy of Responsibility

    Influential 18th-century American preacher Jonathan Edwards experienced frustration early in his ministry. His struggles could have given him an excuse to hang up his wig and retire his frock. Yet because of a strong sense of responsibility to his mission, he sparked the Great Awakening that eventually spread throughout the 13 colonies, across denominational lines, and even into the wild frontiers of America. His commitment was expressed in seventy resolutions he had composed before the age of 20.

  • July 30 - August 1 Creating a Legacy of Moral Purity

    There was none more mighty than David. As a lad he had faithfully protected his family’s sheep from both the lion and the bear, then astounded the nation of Israel when he felled the giant Goliath. He proved himself a valiant warrior, and with David as command-in-chief there was no army more feared that Israel’s. He was a national symbol for truth, righteousness, justice, and compassion. He was a musician, songwriter, and visionary. That was the mighty David, the anointed one, a man after God’s own heart.

  • August 4 - August 6 Creating a Legacy of Mentoring

    As in any relay, the moment of passing the baton is the most critical. If you let go too soon or too late the baton will fall. This is also true in life. Frequently we’re good learners, but terrible teachers. When it comes to passing on what we have lived and learned, we sometimes drop the baton ourselves—or worse yet, we never even attempt to hand it off. This final lesson on creating a legacy focuses on this critical element of mentoring—passing our legacy to those who will come after us.

  • August 7 - August 11 A Patriarch in Panorama

    Though born in a culture that had long ago replaced the worship of the God of the flood and the ark with the gods of the rivers and stars and wood, the man first known as Abram came to know the one, true God so intimately that he was called God’s “friend” (James 2:23). However, as great as this patriarch grew to become, the chronicle of his life reveals even greater things about his God. Abraham’s life was marked by detours and distractions, challenges and victories, frailty and faithfulness.

  • August 12 - August 14 Going...Not Knowing

    Moving isn’t easy…especially when we’ve lived in the same place for a long time. Besides all the packing, loading, unloading, and unpacking, we face the difficulty of saying goodbye to those we love, leaving the familiar, and adjusting to the unfamiliar. But what about moving, not just to the unfamiliar, but to the unknown? For most, that would be downright terrifying. Yet this is exactly what God called Abram to do. How could he do it? Why would he want to?

    The answer is found in one word: obedience.