Message from Pastor Bill:
Our mission is to Make Disciples for Jesus Christ for the Transformation of the World. Our mission is rooted in the scripture as found in Matthew 28:19-20 when Jesus gives the Great Commission to the disciples. The question for the church is, how do we accomplish what Jesus commissions us to do?
Values serve as the bumper guards in accomplishing the mission. It guides the discernment process if a ministry or activity is in line with God’s vision for the church and is useful in accomplishing our mission. Below are our guiding values.
Gathering weekly for worship is the most important thing we do as Christ followers. The scriptures are read and proclaimed, prayers are offered, healing happens, encouragement builds up the body, confession of sin that leads to repentance and new life in Christ, and hospitality is offered to all. Hebrews 10:25 serves as the guiding reference to this value, “And let us not neglect meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another.”
Grow Deep in Christ
The Psalmist refers to a tree planted by the water whose roots go deep into the earth and are nourished by the life giving stream. Growing deep in the practices of discipleship are those things that lead us to grow deep in Christ. Our prayers, worship, financial generosity, service to others, and invitational witness are meant to be developed into deep reaching roots. Psalm 1:3, “That person is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither.”
Jesus said the he did not come to be served but to serve. As Jesus’ disciples we too take on the model of Christ by serving everyone. Our ministry’s and activities serve as the way we reach out to each other and those in our community who are in need so that everyone may see Christ in us. Mark 10:45, “For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”
Accepting everyone with no strings attached enables the church to live out loving God and neighbor. By loving all the church becomes the ultimate hub of hospitality. Those disconnected from the faith will know we are Christians by our love and enable the Holy Spirit to move in and through us. Hebrew’s 13:2 “Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by doing some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it.”
Those are four amazing values. Now ponder this, what is God asking our church to do in the next 2-3 years that we can only accomplish with God’s help?
He is Risen!