OUR CHURCH DNA BIBLICAL TRANSFORMATION - RAISING MATURE DISCIPLES One of our central core values is to see lives transformed by seeking to raise up mature disciples. But how does one define maturity? What are the markers? Are you and I mature, and how will we know when we get there? Defining maturity is not easy because there is no single list given in the Bible to tick. But there are indicators. We have chosen 5 simple ones that work for children (at their level) as well as for adults. Maturity is displayed when one has a Firm foundation in God's Word, and is able to handle it correctly by navigating around it with familiarity. Maturity is also about understanding the purpose of the Bible, and how different sections relate to each other, maturity is further displayed by obedience and the display of wisdom on how to apply faith to life in daily living. Maturity is marked in a disciples life by an Active devotional life. Reading the Word of God daily, prayer, fasting, adoration and worship are all acts of devotion that indicate a living and vibrant faith in God. Maturity is displayed by Involvement in the Body of Christ. Paul teaches us that we are all members of the body, members that give, and not sit back waiting to be blessed. A mature Christian seeks to answer the question "What is my contribution to this body" and gets involved. Maturity is marked by a Transformed life. When God dwells in us, we cannot be the same as we used to be before. Increasingly our character changes to reflect that of our Lord Jesus. Old habits fall away, and new godly habits take root. We are transformed step by step into Christ-like-ness. Finally maturity is marked by a heart that has a growing desire to see the world reached for Christ - a Heart for the world. Christ's last act on earth before he ascended into heaven, was to commission his disciples to go out and tell the world about him. A mature disciple aligns his life to this commission, making it central to his/her very existence. SPIRITUAL GIFTS (Eph 4:11 - 13) Paul in I Cor 12 says tells us that the Spirit of God has manifested himself in each believer through a special gift. These gifts are given to (1) serve one another, (2) to prepare God's people for service, (3) to build up the body, and (4) to keep us united. Because God has given these spiritual gifts to us, we therefore believe that Everyone must be involved in some area of service in the Body of Christ. God has given you a gift to bless his people with. Together we must identify that gift, and then give you the opportunity to us that gift for the kingdom. If you do not use your gift, if you remain a 'pew-warmer' then we all lose out because God may be wanting you to do something unique that would have blessed us all. Having identified your gift, you must grow in it's skilful use. If you have the gift of preaching, it will still take time and practice for you to master the use of that gift. If you have the gift of healing, you should carefully study scripture to understand how and when God heals, and how he would have you use that gift. Each gift has a path of growth otherwise it is quickly abused and causes division. Our different ministries should be led by 'gifted' people. I do not have the gift of worship leading, and the day I lead worship, I bet you I'll be able to empty the church in 10 minutes! I love to sing and I love music, but I don't have the gift of worship leading.. Serving as an Elder, teaching Sunday School, worship leading, preaching all have to be driven by God's anointed gifting otherwise they will never be able to rise beyond our human effort and expertise. I believe that a church grows rapidly when people serve in the gifting of the Spirit. Overall what this means is that we are intentional about Creating opportunities for everyone to find out their spiritual gift. The best way for this is by giving you a chance to first serve in the area you feel you are gifted in. Giving People room to grow. When a young leader gets an opportunity, it needs to be a non-threatening one. For example, if you feel you have the gift of preaching, we don't put you in the Sunday pulpit, we first give you an opportunity in a fellowship or small group. That way you can grow, we can mentor you, and there is room to make mistakes. Choosing ministry leadership. We look for mature, growing people who know how to serve in their gift area well, are humble about it, and who know what it means to serve in a team. DNA 1: LOVE THE LORD WITH ALL YOUR HEART – WOSHIP HIM MATHEW 4:10 . “O Magnify the lord with me and let us exalt his name together” Psalms 34:3 . we shouldn’t worship out of duty: we should worship because we want to. DNA 2: LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF – to describe this purpose is ministry. Ministry is demonstrating God’s love to others. The church is to minister to all kinds of needs: Spiritual, emotional, relational, and physical Ephesians 4:12 DNA 3: GO AND MAKE DISCIPLES – the purpose we call evangelism. We are Ambassadors of Christ and our mission is to evangelize the world. The word GO in the great commission is a present participle in the greek text. It should read “AS YOU ARE GOING” . CHRIST GAVE US FIVE GREAT COMMISSIONS. ONE IN EACH OF THE GOSPELS AND ONE IN THE BOOK OF ACTS. In Mathew 28:19-20, Mark 16:15, Luke 24:47-49 and Acts 1:8. Jesus commissions us to go and tell the world the message of salvation. If you knew the the cure for cancer, am sure you would do everything you could to get the news out. It would save millions of lives. But you already know something better: you have been given the gospel of enternal life to share, which is the greates news for all . the church has a mandate to keep growing. Growth is not optional: it is commanded by Jesus DNA 4: BAPTIZING THEM – greek text of the great commission there are three participle verbs: going, baptizing, and teaching. Each of these is a part of the command to “MAKE DISCIPLES”. GOING BAPTISIZING, AND TEACHING ARE THE ESSENTIAL ELEMENTS OF THE DISCIPLEMAKING PROCESS. Why is baptism so important to warrant inclusion in christ’s great commission ? it is because it symbolizes one of the purposes of the church: fellowship – identification with the body of Christ. Christians were called to belong, not just to believe . baptism is not only a symbol salvation, it is a symbol of fellowship. It not only symbolizes our new life in Christ, it says to the world” this person is one of us”. When new believers are baptized, we welcome them in to the fellowship of the family of God – Ephesians 2:19 DNA 5: TEACHING THEM TO OBEY – the purpose is discipleship. Discipleship is the process of helping people become more like Christ in their thoughts, feelings and actions . this process begins when a person is born again and continues throughout the rest of his life Colosians 1:28 . as a church we are called not only to reach people, but also to teach them Ephesians 4:12-13. ( see summary in John 17 ). The apostle paul not only fulfilled these purposes, in his ministry, he also explained them in Ephesians 4: 1-16. the clearest example of all the five purposes is the first church at Jerusalem described in Acts 2:1-47 ( they tought each other, they worshiped, they ministered, and they evangelized ). Today our purposes are unchanged. The church exists to Educate, encourage, exalt, equip, and evangelize. The purposes of the church can be personalized as GOD’s five goals for every believer. Each goal express what God wants each of us to do in our lives while on earth: My responsibilities as a believer God wants me to be a member of his family God wants me to be a model of his character God wants me to be a minister of his grace God wants me to be a messenger of his love God wants me to be a magnifier of his name PRIVILEGES OF A BELIEVER IS : To fulfill the five purposes of the church. This purposes provide spiritual , emotional and relational benefits. WORSHIP – HELPS PEOPLE FOCUS ON GOD FELLOWSHIPS – HELP THEM FACE LIVE’S PROBLEMS DISCIPLESHIP – HELPS FORTIFY THEIR FAITH MINISTRY – HELPS THEM FIND THEIR TALENTS EVANGELISM – HELPS THEM FULFILL THEIR MISSIONS MY CHURCH FAMILY GIVE ME GOD’S PURPOSES TO LIVE FOR ( MISSION) GOD’S PEOPLE TO LIVE WITH ( MEMBERSHIP) GOS’S PRINCIPLE TO LIVE BY (MATURITY) GOD’S PROFESSION TO LIVE OUT (MINISTRY) GOD’S POWER TO LIVE ON (MAGNIFY) AMBASSADORS FOR CHRIST CHURCH- NDENDERU IS A PURPOSE DRIVEN CHURCH It’s the correct way of running a church – purpose driven . churches are started for different reasons i.e., competition, denominational, pride, the need for recognition as a leader or some other unworthy motivations, The driving force of a church has to be biblical as paul said 1corithians 3: 13- 14 Do not lay other foundation that the one that was layed by Christ. 1corithians 3: 10 – 11 Be effective but not efficient EFFICIENT = is doing things right EFFECTIVENESS = is doing the right things
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