There are four ways that we must grow to be fruitful in mission. Each depends on the others and each needs to happen all the time. God will help and manage us as we follow these steps.
Direction 1: GROW UP Strong in God’s Word
Accepting Jesus Christ as our Savior is essential to salvation, but it is just the beginning of our journey, not our final destination. We must continually grow toward Christ’s image by living faithfully in God’s word and truth every day. Read 2 Timothy 2:15.
What can you do? Attend classes that will help you know and understand more about the Word of God: • Adult Education on Sundays
• Adult Classes
• Small Groups
Direction 2: BUILD UP Our Communities
What does a vital community look like? Read Acts 2:42-47. Communities don’t become vital; people do. When each person is alive with the Holy Spirit, a community is vital!
How can you grow in spiritual vitality? • Worship...every week!
• Come to worship “prayed up” and ready to pour your heart out • Focus your worship on giving, not receiving • Practice hospitality with those around you • Spend yourself for Jesus all week
Why are numbers important? Every number is a person Jesus loves and longs for • Invite someone new to worship with you each month • Build a bridge to someone who doesn’t know Jesus • Find a place to serve in the community in Jesus’ name
Direction 3: REACH OUT in Mission
Missions are a big part of who we’ve always been. It is clearer than ever that God wants us to make foreign, global and multicultural missions a major piece of our life. That’s why it is one of the Directions of His Vision for our church and for each of us as individuals. Read 1 Corinthians 2:9.
What can you do? • Pray for all our hearts • Pray for Dave and Pam Mann in Haiti • Pray for our mission teams
• Join a mission trip yourself
• Consider a longer-term commitment
Direction 4: BRANCH OUT Locally
We are being called to begin ministry in neighborhoods beyond our present three campuses.
We need to grow up spiritually and numerically. We need to look around and pray. We won’t know where the Lord wants us to branch out until He shows us by raising up people willing to give themselves to the challenge.
The future looks different. It may be very surprising to learn what, when, how and who God has in mind! Let’s be ready together. Read Jeremiah 29:11.