The Three Pillars of our Ministry Responsibility
Worship – Discipleship – Mission
Worship – Offering our lives back to God through Jesus
You were Created to Worship, You are Healed in Worship, You Live out of Worship
Romans 12:1-2 (ESV)
1 I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. 2Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.
Our Spiritual Worship is to offer our whole lives back to God as a “Living Sacrifice.” This means our Body, Mind and Will.
Discipleship – Following Jesus and becoming increasingly like Him. (Christlikeness)
Consider the Call, Count the Cost, Commit to Grow
We know very clearly from Mt. 28 that our instruction as a church is to go and make disciples. A disciple is someone who has made a purposeful decision to become a follower of Jesus. Did you know that Discipleship is the weakest link in churches today? Churches can gather crowds, but churches today in our nation struggle to make disciples…True followers of Jesus! Why is that? It is because discipleship is a road that YOU must choose to travel! We cannot force or manipulate discipleship. But as a church we MUST purpose to make disciples of all those who choose to follow Jesus. And we must purpose to inspire people to look to Jesus for life. This is why Discipleship is our 2nd pillar of responsibility. Worship is the first because it comes first. If we first choose to Worship God with every breath of our life then becoming a follower of Jesus is a natural decision and a joyful decision.
Mission – Extending the Mission (The Redemptive Purposes) of God through the activities of his people.
Go…I am Sending You!, Love…Empowered by the Holy Spirit!, Share…The Forgiveness of God
When we turn our hearts and eyes to God in true worship and when we consider the call, count the cost, and commit to grow in discipleship we will then begin to live out and extend the redemptive purposes of God in and through the activity of our life. You now see the victory of life in Christ AND you are walking in it. We become Missional!
John 20:19-23 (NIV)
19On the evening of that first day of the week, when the disciples were together, with the doors locked for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!” 20After he said this, he showed them his hands and side. The disciples were overjoyed when they saw the Lord. 21Again Jesus said, “Peace be with you! As the Father has sent me, I am sending you.” 22And with that he breathed on them and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit. 23If you forgive anyone his sins, they are forgiven; if you do not forgive them, they are not forgiven.”
This is God’s vision for the church. We are to be a missional church! We are to extend the Peace of God to the world.
John 14:27 (NIV)
27Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.
Followers of Jesus produce Followers of Jesus. We are to go and make disciples.