Encounter Equipped Empower

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Last year I was reflecting about the local church and how beautiful it is. God chose us (His church) to continue with His plan to lead people to Jesus and to grow the Kingdom of God.

The importance of knowing why we exist
We must know why we (His church) exist and we are to protect it at all costs. We must remain faithful to the tasks we believe God has entrusted to us. Our church is no mistake and it is not by chance that God has called you here.

To be a church of influence in our community there must be an openness among us to adapt and grow, as long as it does not alter what we believe God has called our church to do.

Our Mission and Purpose Statement
To be a God honouring Christian community by…
Connecting people to Jesus
Growing people to be like Jesus
Serving people with grace through Jesus

This mission statement has been around in our church for a long time and must be more than just a few words we see on a screen or a banner somewhere. It describes what God has called us to do and gives the reason for our church’s existence.

Two-fold characteristic of our statement

Our mission statement is two-fold…
Speaks about our RELATIONSHIPS
Speaks about our RESPONSIBILITIES

RELATIONSHIPS
We are commanded to love God, love one another (those in our church) and love others (those in our community and world), because every person matters to God and must matter to us.

This refers to God’s Great Commandment:
‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbour as yourself.’ Matthew 22:37,39

This expression of our love will be seen through:

CONNECTING to God through worship
GROWING with one another through groups
SERVING with others through mission

RESPONSIBILITIES
We are commissioned to take the Gospel to the places where it is needed. This is a universal calling on all Christians, making it our responsibility to spread the message to those who are lost and unreached.

This refers to God’s Great Commission:

Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptising them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, even to the end of the age. Amen. Matthew 28:19-20

This expression of our responsibility will be seen though:

CONNECTING the unreached people to Jesus through evangelism
GROWING new followers of Jesus through discipleship
SERVING people through outreach

How to do we bring our relationships and responsibilities together in a way that will bring a clear focus for our church in 2018?

Let’s agree together that this year:

1. We will have regular and meaningful encounters with God.

Many times in both Old and New Testaments we see a promise that when we seek God, that we will find him. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. Jeremiah 29:13

God longs for us to have these encounters with Him as this is when transformation happens in our lives. You are responsible to discover and have these encounters regularly with God. Search for Him and find Him. But it will require all of your heart.

Having an encounter connects us to God and builds faith.

2. We will have intentional environments for equipping us in ministry.

Discovering God’s will for your life is just the start. The responsibility of the church is to equip you so you can discover and fulfil your ministry. We are all ‘called’ and ministry belongs to all of us. Equipping allows us to grow and mature so we can effectively represent God.

Paul explains how this is the church’s responsibility to equip:
So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ. Ephesians 4:11-13

Being equipped allows us to grow and builds hope…

3. We will have the freedom to be empowered to make a difference.

When you are equipped for ministry, the next step is to minister. This becomes the responsibility of the pastors and leaders to empower you to go and do ministry.

Jesus called his twelve disciples to him and gave them authority to drive out impure spirits and to heal every disease and sickness. Matthew 10:1

Jesus sets a great example of bringing people to Him where they had an encounter and were transformed. Through their transformation, Jesus equipped and prepared them for ministry. Then He demonstrated that ministry was not only for Him, but for everyone and empowered them by giving them authority to minister and make a difference.

Being empowered allows us to serve God and builds love.

We have a great church, and we are on an exciting journey with the Lord as our ultimate leader. How amazing would it be that in our church there will be a culture of Encountering God, being Equipped for ministry and Empowered to go and make a difference in our world.

With God’s help, together we can!

Pastor Dave

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