July 15, 2014

Living Our God-Given Purposes as Followers of Jesus

Do you want to live your God given purposes as a follower?

 We don’t just want to recognize Jesus as God’s Son. He actually called us to “Follow Me.” (Matthew 5:19) That is not always easy, but it’s an important, life-long endeavor that we value here at RCC.

We encourage people to take their next step in following Jesus by living out the five Biblical purposes that God has ordained for the church and for each Christian. To consistently live out this value we have used the phrase “What Every Christian Should Do”. The first letter of each word in the phrase helps us remember these five purposes.


worship silhouette   Worship

 In Mark 12:30, Jesus said that the most important commandment was to “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your mind, and all your strength.” True “worship” is not just singing songs to God on Sunday mornings, although that’s a great thing! Real worship is an entire lifestyle of love towards God… and it’s one of His purposes for our lives.

Each week we strive to do that through worship services meant to inspire you to grow closer to God. That’s important because God tells us to “not neglect our meeting together.” (Hebrews 10:25)

Additionally, we recognize that there are many meaningful ways to worship God. Therefore, our services are highlighted by innovation and creativity because God says, “Intelligent people are always open to new ideas. In fact, they look for them.”(Proverbs 18:15)


evangelism    Evangelism
 Jesus tells us to do this in Acts 1:8.  “But when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, you will receive power and will tell people about me everywhere – in Jerusalem, throughout Judea, in Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”

Each of us also has a personal responsibility to share our faith with our friends.  The Bible says, “If someone asks about your Christian hope, always be ready to explain it.” (1 Peter 3:15)  We hope that each person who attends RCC is prepared to tell a friend about their faith and excited to invite them to church.


hands in a circle    Community

 In Romans 12:5, Paul says, “Since we are all one body in Christ, we belong to each other, and each of us needs all the others.” You and I were created by God to be in relationships.  We need others to encourage, help, support, and challenge us to grow as followers of Jesus.

 


serving    Serving

 We are uniquely created by God to serve Him and make a difference in the world. He’s given each of us a unique set of spiritual gifts, talents, and abilities and He wants to use them to impact other people’s lives. God highlights this for us in Ephesians 2:10.  “For we are God’s masterpiece.  He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so that we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.” So, we invite everyone to serve in a “no-fail” atmosphere because we know that God loves seeing you serve.


bible view    Discipleship
 

God desires that we continually grow in our faith, becoming more and more like Jesus in the way we think, speak and act so that we will experience the abundant life God created us to live.

Discipleship can begin at an early age.  Jesus values kids, so we value kids.  Jesus said in Luke 18:16,  “Let the children come to me.  Don’t stop them!  For the Kingdom of God belongs to such as these.” We offer specifically designed children’s programs for birth – 5th grade each Sunday morning.  On Wednesday nights our teens engage in fun, meaningful, and faith growing activities as a part of RCC’s Student Life.

True discipleship definitely continues throughout our entire lives.  No matter where we are on our own spiritual journey, each person has a next step to take. With this said, we offer “Next Steps” Seminars that cover a wide variety of topics.  We also offer numerous home-based “Community Groups” that are structured to help people mature in their faith.