We describe fully devoted followers as people who are…
Believers: They have sincerely repented of their sin, put their trust in Jesus and his death, burial and resurrection, and have publicly declared their faith by being baptized. [Acts 2:38; Rom. 10:9-10]
Spirit-Filled: They yield to the Spirit. They live by the Spirit. They keep step with the Spirit. The Spirit’s presence is obvious in their lives, making them fruitful by empowering them for service and transforming their character. [Gal. 5:13-25]
Loving: As loved people, they are loving people. [John 13:34-35; 1 John 4:9-11]
Growing: Those who follow Christ fully grow in grace and in their knowledge of Christ Jesus. They grow in their relationship with God: their love for God, fear of God, obedience to God, service for God, and knowledge of God. And they grow in Christ-like character: moral purity, holiness, integrity, humility, compassion, and mutual submission. [1 Peter 2:2; 2 Peter 3:18]
Disciplined: Fully devoted followers integrate biblical disciplines into their lives such as Bible reading and meditation, prayer, fasting, regular church attendance and giving. [1 Cor. 9:24-27; 2 Tim. 1:7]
Connected: Fully devoted followers are faithfully committed to and active in the life of our church family. They are involved together in service, growth, worship and fellowship. [Phil. 2:1-4; Heb. 10:24-25]
Witnesses: Our Lord called us to be his witnesses. We represent Christ to our world, striving to give credible personal testimony to the reality of Jesus and his Gospel. [Acts 1:8]
Stewards: Fully devoted followers of Jesus submit to him in how they manage their time, abilities, and resources. Inherent in stewardship is the biblical practice of tithing. [Prov. 3:9-10]
Servants: Jesus’ followers act like Jesus, who adopted the role of a servant and went about doing good. They serve Christ and others both inside and outside the church by devoting themselves to good works. [Phil. 2:5-7; Gal. 5:13; 6:9-10; Titus 3:8; Eph. 2:8-10]
Loving and faithful to their families: Parents demonstrate personal responsibility for the spiritual, emotional, social, mental and physical well being of their children, disciplining them in the faith and encouraging them to become vital members of Christ’s body, the church. Marriage partners are faithful to their vows, treating each other with love and respect. Everyone appropriately honors, loves, and responds to the needs of parents, siblings and their extended family. [Eph. 5:22-33]
- We take the Bible seriously—God’s Word is our authority.
- People matter to God—so they matter to us.
- It’s not about us—it’s about Christ, his Kingdom and others.
- We’re better together—we really do need each other.
Our vision is to seek God and serve people.
This statement is deceptively simple. What could be more “counter-cultural” than to seek God and serve people? Our world is full of those who seek themselves, their interests, and desire to be served by others. Those who are successful at it are held up as examples to be envied and admired.
God calls us to a different way of living, one that prioritizes him. Jesus taught us to love God with all of our being. God promises that if we truly seek him we will find him. And when we do, we will discover the treasures that come from knowing him, such as love, joy, peace and forgiveness.
Those who seek God are called to serve others, to put others before themselves. When we do this, we follow the example of Jesus and have the privilege of sharing the love that God has shown us with others.
Our vision throws open doors of opportunity for us as a church, because there are endless ways to seek God and serve each other. At the same time, our vision keeps us on task because we can easily determine whether we are still pursuing our vision, both individually and corporately, by simply asking “Are we seeking God and serving people?”