Knowing Jesus • Serving Jesus • Proclaiming Jesus
After rising from the dead and before He returned to His Father’s side, Jesus said these transforming words: ‘Make disciples of all nations, baptising them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.’ (Matthew 28v19-20)
His words set our vision. We want people to be mature disciples of Jesus for God’s glory. A mature disciple is someone who helps others become more like Jesus. Christian maturity is about growth and movement: Growing ourselves by each year becoming more like Christ; moving those round us by each year helping more people become more like Christ.
Our conviction – Knowing Jesus, Serving Jesus, Proclaiming Jesus – is also our process for making mature disciples. The more people know Jesus, the more they will serve Jesus, the more they will proclaim Jesus, the more they will know him etc. It is a ‘spiral of maturity’. As such, we are committed to prayerfully teaching the gospel in public meetings, small groups and individually. We are committed to equipping people to better use their gifts within and beyond the church. We are committed to blessing the community with strategic programmes – both because love is right, and to promote Christ’s reputation.
We have a simple strategy to make that maturity spiral a reality.
Every member committed to Christ
Every member committed to one public worship service
Every member committed to a Growth Group
Every member committed to a ministry (either to build the church or bless the community).
Committing to Christ is foundational. Beyond any outward expression of membership is a personal, growing, prayerful and obedient faith in Jesus as Saviour and Lord.
Committing to a public worship service (where Christ is proclaimed) helps us know Jesus better, creates opportunities to serve Jesus within His body, and inspires us to proclaim Jesus boldly.
Committing to a Growth Group (each group designed to teach godliness) goes deeper in knowing Jesus, gets specific in serving Jesus, and creates a team to work together to proclaim Jesus alongside.
Committing to a ministry (allowing for our different God-given gifts and circumstances) moves knowing Jesus beyond theory; makes serving Jesus practical; and proclaims Jesus by both word and deed.