One of the exciting things about being part of a growing church like actionchurch…a place with new faces, new talents, and new resources each week…is that many possibilities are open to us as a church. Each week there are more GOOD things that we can do as we grow. I’m as excited about those opportunities as anyone, but here’s why our focus as a church is so important to our future.
If we focus on being noticed in the community, (build stuff, protest stuff, sponsor stuff) we could make a name for ourselves as a church.
If we focus solely on the sermon…on teaching the Bible, on making sure that actionchurch people are ready at any moment to win a Bible trivia contest, we can make students who will return to church each week to learn more.
If we focus on entertaining people and providing them with ministries that meet their personal needs we can make customers…maybe even repeat customers…that will come back whenever we have something new and exciting to offer.
If we turn our focus inward…put community with our friends at actionchurch above all else, we can form a really enjoyable social club. (And feel really “Holy” for spending so much time at “church”.)
If we make our primary focus on providing consumable goods…food, shelter, counseling, “help”…we can make dependents that need us each day to provide for and guide them.
BUT, if we focus EVERYTHING we do (Sunday Morning services, actiongroups, acts of Service and generosity in our community) on inspiring, supporting, and teaching individuals to obediently follow Jesus “BY FAITH”…we can make disciples. THEY can then do things that we as a church could never accomplish corporately. Together, what we would then make is A REAL DIFFERENCE in our communities for Jesus.
Old School…but it just might work. :-)
18 Jesus came and told his disciples, “I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth. 19 Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.20 Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” (Matthew 28:18-20)