|Posted on August 7, 2018 at 1:30 AM|
A NOTE FROM YOUR PASTOR:
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
On July 18th at our quarterly Congregational Meeting the church approved by majority vote a revised set of By Laws. Tucked away in those revised By Laws in Article V, Section 1, paragraph 12 was the church’s current mission statement: To seek the lost and witness to Jesus Christ alone for salvation. No one questioned it or commented on it. In fact, it wasn’t mentioned at all. Yet, this is the foundational mission of our church. It is based on the Great Commission Jesus gave to His disciples in Matthew 28:19,20: “’Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age’ Amen.”
This is still the commission given to each and every congregation. Jesus said He came to seek and to save the lost, and we as the body of Christ on earth have that same task and mission. We are to go and seek to make disciples as a congregation and as individuals in an intentional method of outreach. We are to lift up the truth that we are saved in and by Christ Jesus alone.
Everything we do as a church should line-up with that mission. At our worship we proclaim the gospel in music and song all of which tells of our need for Christ alone as our Savior. In our Bible classes and group meetings our main aim should be of all that is taught and said lifts up the gospel message of Christ alone and our need for a Savior. All our activities as a church should encourage us in spreading the gospel and in inviting others to hear the good news of Jesus’ death on the cross for our sins and his resurrection to eternal life. This is the reason for the church.
It is an easy thing for the church to forget it’s mission and to be about many other things, all of which can be good and useful but none of which is the main thing: spreading the gospel of Jesus Christ as Savior to a lost world. In the book of Acts Jesus told his disciples to wait in Jerusalem where “…you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth” ( Acts 1 ). He is telling you and me that we, as His disciples and believers, are to be witnesses to him. We are to tell of what He’s done and what He means in our lives.
One important way of reaching out to a lost world that is less intimidating than verbally sharing the gospel or your testimony with someone is to simply invite them to come to church here where they will hear the gospel. To help facilitate this we have church business cards with the church information on one side and the gospel on the other. This way you can invite a neighbor or friend who doesn’t attend a church (or a gospel believing church) to come and worship with you.
God is calling you to be about His mission today. Find ways of reaching out and inviting people to come to church. I want to encourage you when you read the new revised copy of the church’s By Laws, to be sure to turn to Article V, Section 1 and paragraph 12 and read (and then memorize) the mission of our church: To seek the lost and witness to Jesus Christ alone for salvation. May God bless you in your mission!
My love be with you all in Christ,