The NEXT Series

Week 1: The NEXT Chair

For I am mindful of the sincere faith within you, which first dwelt in your grandmother Lois, and in your mother Eunice…and I am sure that it is within you as well.

2 Timothy 1:5

The transfer of faith to the NEXT generation does not happen automatically; rather, we must be intentional. If not, here is what often happens. The first chair people are the pioneers – they change the world. The second chair people are the settlers – they compromise with the world. The third chair people are the drifters – they become the world. So, what’s the key to a successful transfer of sincere faith? The second chair settlers have to become first chair pioneers, so that the NEXT generation sees firsthand, vibrant, contagious faith in their parents, mentors, and leaders.

Think about it…

What chair are you currently sitting in? The NEXT campaign is offering everyone at Oak Pointe the opportunity to step up and pioneer the way forward. Take a moment to ask God, “How do you want me to be part of this campaign? What will my involvement say to the NEXT chair?”

Week 2: The NEXT Ten

Now to Him who is able to do exceeding abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us…to Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations forever and ever. Amen.

Ephesians 3:20,21

If you can explain it, God didn’t do it. The first two decades of Oak Pointe’s journey were marked by so many God-stories: temporary homes for our church; the Zambia mission; the Gloria Deus Field; our Novi building; the E.A.C.H. movement; starting a campus in Milford; the Cody partnership; Living Hope International; and all of this resulted in thousands of changed lives. These God-stories happened because people stepped out in faith and entered the unknown. People followed God forward and allowed Him to write the script. It’s time for a new decade of God-stories. But to experience them, we need to once again take a step of faith so God’s power can work within us!

Think about it…

What are some of the greatest God-stories that you have been a part of? Do you believe it’s possible that in the next decade we could see double the impact that we have seen over the first two decades? Why?

Week 3: The NEXT Generation

Don’t let anyone think less of you because you are young. Be an example to all believers in what you say, in the way you live, in your love, your faith, and your purity.

1 Timothy 4:12

The future of the church is with us right now! They are the children, the students, the young up-and-coming leaders among us. What a joy it is every year when we have Student Takeover weekend. It proves that the future of Oak Pointe is already in good hands. We have such a vibrant and passionate core of young people among us. Let’s show them that we believe in them. Let’s equip them with the tools and skills to take Oak Pointe to the next level. Just imagine a day when someone walks into our church decades from now and finds a community that is still so alive and passionate about Jesus. God can do that with Oak Pointe and He will use the next generation to make it happen.

Think about it…

How often do you think about the NEXT generation of disciples of Jesus? What are you doing to invest in, believe in, and empower the NEXT generation?

Week 4: The NEXT Story

He told them this parable, saying, “What man among you, if he has a hundred sheep and has lost one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the open pasture and go after the one which is lost until he finds it?

Luke 15:3,4

When you get right down to it, the entire Bible is about God bringing lost sheep (that’s us) back to Himself. We can talk all day about bricks and mortar, strategies and money…but these things are just our effort to partner with God for the NEXT story – a lost sheep feeling the loving grip of the Good Shepherd. Who will come into our new community center with their family to sip on coffee or play on a slide – and then end up finding the love of Jesus at Oak Pointe Novi? Who will walk into Oak Pointe Milford’s new space and discover the community they have searched for all their lives is right down the street? Who will find Jesus at the new campuses we will plant in the coming years? That’s what NEXT is all about…creating space for countless more stories.

Think about it…

What is your story? How did you come to know Jesus as your Savior? Did someone reach out to you? Did a church make the effort to invite you in? If “seeking and saving the lost” (Luke 19:10) was at the heart of Jesus’ mission, is there anything more important that should be at the heart of our mission going forward?

Week 5: The NEXT Life

Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth…But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves do not break in or steal; for where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

Matthew 6:19-21

When we use earthly resources for eternal purposes, we are storing up treasures in heaven. The NEXT campaign has a God-sized goal and it is definitely in reach if each of us is willing to double our annual giving for the next two years. Do you give $100 a year? Then give $200 a year for the next two years – $100 to our general fund plus $100 to the NEXT campaign. Do you give $1,000 a year? Then consider giving $2,000…you get the idea. If we double our giving together, we will reach the goal. More importantly, we’ll double our efforts to reach more people with the gospel. Many of you are capable of more than doubling your giving during this campaign. If that’s you, go for it! After all, 2 Corinthians 9:7 says, “God loves a cheerful (the Greek says hilarious) giver.”

Think about it…

Are you cultivating a generous heart? Take a look at 1 Timothy 6:17-19. What message do you take away from this passage? You can’t out give God. Now read Malachi 3:10-12. What does God promise to do when we bring our offerings to Him? Do you believe this promise? Ask God to guide your commitment to NEXT.