Our church has a very clear and biblical vision and mission. As it should be.
One God, one Church. Jesus was clear in what our role, as His followers, is in this world.
If anyone is confused as to why we exist, or as to what our purpose is, the answer is simple. Love God, Love others. Live like Jesus, love like Jesus, leave what Jesus left behind. The only thing that matters is people finding Jesus.
After all, why wouldn’t we share His love, grace and mercy? It is that hope in Jesus that we so tightly embrace, that saving grace, undeserved yet so lavishly poured out on us. A way back to God the Father. Redemption. Salvation. Eternity in a restored, right replationship with our creator. If we know the way, why is it sometimes hard to walk in it and share our faith with others?
Our church shares the love of Christ in so many different ways. Everything we do is with purpose and intentionality. The sharing of the gospel. The simple gospel. So that others will come to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ . Unfortunately sometimes we find ourselves facing the choice to get in the trenches, to get messy with people, but we crumble, withdraw, wimp out.
I can tell you from first hand experience that real life- change happens through relationship.
When I was far from God, broken, hurting, seeking and asking questions, feeling like something in my life was missing but I hadn’t a clue what was wrong …. it was the people that God brought into my life that made the difference. These were the ones who weren’t scared to answer my hard questions. They weren’t intimidated or fearful to engage with someone who was lost. If they didn’t know the answers to my questions, we would study God’s word together to find the answers. They were open to relationship so that Christ would be known.
We give our partners at LifeSong Church opportunity to be missionaries … gospel bearers … over and over. We do it together, because we are much better together. Whether we are serving hot dogs, installing insulation, painting a house, delivering meals, opening up our homes for lifegroup or any number of good things, it’s that gospel intentionality that we must take, the relationships we must cultivate, that carry hope into a hopeless world.
It may be intimidating to go door to door. It might hurt your budget to live with an open hand. It might be hard to dig in and answer the hard questions. But the investments we make over and over will yield kingdom results. As a church, and as individuals.
“Don’t you have a saying, ‘It’s still four months until harvest’? I tell you, open your eyes and look at the fields! They are ripe for harvest. Even now the one who reaps draws a wage and harvests a crop for eternal life, so that the sower and the reaper may be glad together.”
John 4:35-36 NIV