Vision…what do we see?
Earlier this year in February we had an important meeting. It was a typical business meeting. It was fine. There were no issues or problems. No one made a protest or charged the pulpit. One thing that did happen is that our vision for the future was clearly shared. I reminded us that our vision is to see EBC become a church of ministry teams—one team per ministry.
I define a ministry team as a group of believers in Jesus who are like-minded, unified in purpose, mission, and vision and are advancing! As I reminded us of the vision I challenged each one of us to examine our own lives and walks with God and be willing to take the next step!
Last post I shared step one!
Step 1: Unify in Purpose
Who is EBC about? We are to be about Jesus and His great Gospel! We are to be about making Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior glorious in all we say and do! This means as we gather and worship and serve we communicate our love and appreciation for who Jesus is and what he has done for us. And when that happens He is pleased and His presence is known! He appears! He manifests Himself to us in His power and glory! Souls are saved and saints grow in Him!
Step 2: Be active in Mission!
What is EBC supposed to be doing? Paul told the church in Philippians 1:27 that as we gather to worship Jesus we are to Strive together for the faith of the Gospel! To strive together means that we work hard at the same time with one another to accomplish His work! What’s that work? The work of the ministry is the faith of the Gospel! It’s everything that’s involved in helping more people know Jesus and make Him known! It means that we with a like mind and single focus believe the Gospel, live the Gospel, and then share the Gospel with others.
We need to take an honest look and ask, “What are we doing to help more people hear the Gospel and come to Christ in our community?” God wants us to come together as a team and put forth hard effort to help more people know Jesus as their Savior and grow and mature in Him!
Step 3: Get in the game!
As I preached the word and reminded us of our vision of striving together for the faith of the Gospel I left us with one final step! I asked us this question, “What will be your next step to help us fulfill our purpose, mission, and vision?” To all those who call EBC their church home, their faith family, the place where they worship Jesus, what is your next step? Maybe it’s to attend the worship services more regularly, receive Jesus as Savior, get baptized, or maybe even become a member of our church family. Whatever your next step is be sure to take that step in faith. And why not let me know or a church leader know about your next step. If you have any questions I would love to talk with you and pray with you about your next step! As we grow closer to Jesus and His Word He will show us the “next steps” to take.
Ready to take your next step at EBC? Why not leave a comment and share how God has led you or is leading you to take your next step.