As a church, we spent most of last year walking through the Book of Acts during our Sunday morning worship gatherings. Out of that time, God has been repeatedly teaching us and reminding us and challenging us with three great truths:
- Jesus has given His church one great purpose: To make disciples for the worldwide glory of Jesus. This is why we exist – to spread the gospel of Jesus among all peoples for His glory.
- Jesus has promised to give us the power of His Spirit for that purpose. Taking the gospel to the ends of the earth and making disciples of all nations is a mission that is far bigger than we are. We will never accomplish it in our own strength. But Jesus has promised to give us what we need to do what He calls us to. He promises the power of His own Spirit… and always for the purpose of making Him known.
- God shows us frequently in the Book of Acts that He is pleased to pour out the power of His Spirit when His people pray, fast, and exalt Jesus by making Him known. We want to believe what God shows us in His Word, so we have given ourselves to more intentionally pray, fast, and share the gospel this year.
Out of that, we have felt led to ask God to bring about four works through our church that are in line with making disciples for the worldwide glory of Jesus: That we will celebrate 100 baptisms this year as a result of us sharing the gospel; that we will send 100 people on mission trips; that we will have 100 people in a new Spanish worship service; and that we will give $100,000 to international missions above our budgeted missions giving. [Read more…] about PARTNERING IN THE GOSPEL