Our Mission is to love God. This comes from Jesus’ words recorded in Matthew 22:36-40: Love the Lord your God with all your passion and prayer and intelligence. He was pointing back to Deuteronomy 6:5-9, which makes it clear that, if we love God, we’re to learn and teach His Word. Only place I know of where we can get His Word is… His Word – the Bible.
Action: If not doing so already, please consider setting aside a regular time to spend with God, reading and thinking about His Word, and praying.
Our Mission is to love Others. This is also from Matthew 22:36-40, but refers to Leviticus 19:18, where we’re told to not hold grudges, but rather to love one another. This might send us seeking familiar words from Paul (paraphrased by Gene Peterson in The Message) in 1 Corinthians 13:3-7:
- Love never gives up.
- Love cares more for others than for self.
- Love doesn’t want what it doesn’t have.
- Love doesn’t strut,
- Doesn’t have a swelled head,
- Doesn’t force itself on others,
- Isn’t always “me first,”
- Doesn’t fly off the handle,
- Doesn’t keep score of the sins of others,
- Doesn’t revel when others grovel,
- Takes pleasure in the flowering of truth,
- Puts up with anything,
- Trusts God always,
- Always looks for the best,
- Never looks back,
- But keeps going to the end.
Action: Gently encourage the stragglers (those falling behind), and reach out for the exhausted, pulling them to their feet. Be patient with each person, attentive to individual needs. And be careful that when you get on each other’s nerves you don’t snap at each other. Look for the best in each other, and always do your best to bring it out. Be cheerful no matter what; pray all the time; thank God no matter what happens. [1 Thessalonians 5:13-18, The Message]
Our Mission is to make Disciples of Christ. In Matthew 28:19-20, Jesus tells us to make disciples, baptizing, and teaching them all that He’s commanded. A disciple isn’t the same as a convert:
A disciple is someone who whole-heartedly follows the life and example of Jesus, who makes His mission their mission, His values their values, and His heart their heart. A disciple is someone who desperately seeks to be like Jesus. A disciple is someone who finds their entire identity, purpose and meaning in Jesus. Jesus is the center of their lives. They are all in, fully committed.1
Action: Make ourselves disciples of Christ.
As we individually seek Christ, our own focus, priorities, desires come into line with His. It’s a long-haul process, and He’ll be with us the entire way. As this happens within the Body, He will bless us according to His will and His plans for us.
Our perspective will be radically changed: Everything we do, whether it’s outreach, Bible Studies, fellowship, worship, all will be to the purpose of His kingdom’s benefit.
We’ll be seeking His will on how we as a church body can achieve the above actions together. We don’t want anyone to be left aside, overwhelmed or otherwise burdened by any of this. Our aim is to be free in Christ to do His Will in this local body.
Please pray for those with the responsibility of leadership, those serving in the various ministries, and especially for us all to follow the Holy Spirit’s lead in serving His body as part of His Mission.