The Why? Our Vision
These 2 passages helps in understanding the VISION God truly wants for the church.
Matthew 22:37-40 (NIV)
37 Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ 40 All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”
Matthew 28:19-20 (NIV)
19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.
1. Worship (Love God): “Love the Lord Your God with All Your Heart.”
2: Ministry (Love Others): “Love Your Neighbor as Yourself.”
What Does Jesus Tell Us to Do (Our Mission)?
3: Evangelism: “Go and Make Disciples.”
4: Fellowship: “Baptizing Them.”
5: Discipleship: “Teaching Them to Obey.”
OUR FIVE PURPOSES
This is our foundation for WHY we do ministry.
REACH is our word for (3) Evangelism.
CONNECT is our word for (4) Fellowship.
GROW is our word for (5) Discipleship.
DISCOVER is our word for (2) Ministry.
HONOR is our word for (1) Worship.
The Purpose of Worship
We will celebrate God’s presence and HONOR him with our lifestyle. We are all created for the purpose of worship. (Romans 12:1)
The Purpose of Ministry
We will help people DISCOVER their God-given gifts that are to be used in the body of Christ. We will encourage and provide opportunities to put them into practice through ministries and mission opportunities.
(1 Corinthians 12:1-31)
The Purpose of Evangelism
We will REACH the least, the last, and the lost and share the good news of Jesus Christ with others that don’t have a personal relationship with him. (Acts 1:8)
The Purpose of Fellowship
We will welcome and CONNECT others into the fellowship of believers, identified as the body of Christ, after they have become new believers or are immature in their faith. (Ephesians 2:19)
The Purpose of Discipleship
We will build up or strengthen believers as they focus on intentionally following Jesus. (Hebrews 6:1) However, this is a lifelong process and cannot be measured by human standards. So healthy discipleship will GROW under spiritual leaders willing to plant and water seeds. The goal will be to plant seeds and allow God to grow them into maturity while in ministry and the years ahead. (1 Corinthians 3:6-7)
The Who? Our Audience