For three weeks in August, we took a break from our normal weekly routine of worship, teaching, groups, and desserts. In it’s place, we took time to talk about who we are and what we’re about. And, we took time to talk about the role that we can all play in building this community.
We called it Focus Month. Our primary focus as a Christian community is to help others return to relationship with God, our heavenly Father (2 Corinthians 5:18-20). But it begins with Christ’s Greatest Commandment for us as his followers, which is to love God and love others (Matthew 22:37-40). And, it culminates with his final command to us (known as the Great Commission), to make new disciples (those who trust and follow his teachings).
We do this together. As we love and care for each other, we help each other learn what it means to be in relationship with God, to follow Christ, and to make new disciples. As we work together, we play different roles according to our giftedness and calling (our sense of what God is asking each of us to do).
The Apostle Paul (an apostle is someone who is sent out by Christ to teach others) explains to us in 2 Corinthians 5:18-20, that the role of the Pastor is to equip Christians, which means to teach, train, mobilize, and set them up for success in life, faith, and for the work of ministry (loving others and helping them love God). Each Christian must find and serve in their role for the good of God’s mission to bring people back to him and to love and care for each other.
That’s who we are and what we’re about.
Now, we do it together.