OIKOS

 
Your oikos, is the 8-15 people that you want to influence for Christ.  It is your world, your home, the people that you come into contact with on a regular basis.  They compose your household.  If we, the church, desire to change the world, then we have to influence the world.  But that task is too big and so overwhelming that many people never take a first step. Jesus wants you to influence your world for Christ by influencing your Oikos, your people, the people you are already in relationship with.  And that’s not so overwhelming is it?
 
Below are the 6 messages that Pastor Kevin used to help our church understand that we need to shift our thinking and our ministry so that we keep the main thing the main thing.  
 

“For the Son of Man Came to Seek and to save the lost “Luke 19:10

 
The main thing hasn’t changed.  The people of the church are called to seek and save the lost.  How do we do that?  We focus on our OIKOS.  Listen below and join the movement as we shift our thinking and our minsitry to influence the world for Christ.  
 

November 2018

1. Oikos: A Shift in our Thinking  (Luke 19:1-10)

The current thinking in the church is that we should invite people to church.  However, what we see in the Bible is a “GO” way of thinking, not a “Come” way of thinking.  We need to change the way we view the church.  This first sermon in the Oikos series challenges how we think about ministry and mission.



2. Oikos: Four Myths About Oikos (Colossians 1:21-25)

God has called you to change your world for Christ by learning how to influence your OIKOS.  It’s easy to loose sight of this and shift our focus to helping people and doing ministry.  But that is not what God has called us to.  He has called us to focus on the main thing.



October 2018

3. Oikos: Meaningful Worship (Revelation 4:9-11)

For you to be successful in reaching your world for Christ, you must begin in worship. Worship is the bedrock of our christian life.  Out of our worship flows a love for others.   Meaningful worship is developed when you spend time every day being preoccupied with Jesus.  What you are preoccupied with is what you will worship.



4. Oikos: Meaningful Relationships (Acts 2:46-47)

When we love God, we are then able to love one another.  So, we need to be engaged in meaningful relationships.  Many people are not engaged in meaningful relationships, they are just standing next to people.    So, what does a meaningful relationship look like?



5. OIKOS: Meaningful Roles (Philippians 2:1-11)

Self-promotion and servant-hood don’t mix, but it’s easy to get them mixed up.  A lot of our service can be self-serving at times.  We need to be honest with ourselves about that.  We can serve simply so that other people will like us.  We can serve to achieve selfish goals.  We can serve as sort of a bargaining chip with God, but we are called to serve.  So, how do we take up a meaningful role in our Oikos?



6. Oikos: A shift in our Ministry (Mathew 16:18 )

Oikos is a community/kingdom-building model, not a brick and mortar-building model. So, Oikos is not a sermon series, it is not a new idea.  It is a shift in our thinking, and a shift in our ministry.  This last installment of the oikos series moves us to change the world for Christ by influencing our world for Christ.