A couple of Sundays ago, the Okolona Church of Christ where I preach, began a six week series entitled “ALL IN: Hearts and Hands Together.” The goal of this series is for everyone to gain a clear understanding of:
- Our Creed
- Our Prayer
- Our Mission
- Our Community
- Our Towel
I will post about each of these over the next few weeks.
Here are some presuppositions I had as I began this series that I mentioned on the first day:
I assume that you know that…
1. …God loves you and wants you to be saved through Jesus. The gospel is founded on the principle of God’s love for mankind and for you. He loved you so much that he sent His one and only Son for you. That Jesus is your “Savior” means that you believe that His grace covers you, His forgiveness frees you from sin, His cross delivers you, and His Spirit sustains you.
2. …being a Christian is about following Jesus. I mean that Christianity is primarily about following Jesus. Going to church, doing good, fellowship, and being against evil are secondary implications of the Jesus follower, but being a Christian should always primarily mean following Jesus.
3. …to follow Jesus means that you are his disciple. When you follow Jesus, he makes you his disciple, a committed student/servant. Jesus is the teacher and you are the student. He says, “Come, follow me.” You obey and he leads. A Christian and a disciple are to be the same thing. Unfortunately that is too often not the case.
4. …Jesus expects you to do what he said. Disciples are to do what their teachers expect of them. Jesus said, “If you love me, keep my commands.” I assume that you believe that Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life. If being a Christian for you does not involve doing what Jesus says than you don’t know what a Christian is.
5. …following Jesus demands your life. Jesus said, “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. 25 For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will find it. He said that if you want to find life you must lose it and if you want to lose life you must.” (Matthew 16:24-25). In order to live for Jesus you must willing give of your life to his service.
6. …being an active part of his Church is important. I also assume that you believe that being a part of a band of disciples is important to your faith in Jesus. You believe that you are not to be alone in following Jesus. The church is the body of Christ. We are to be the very heart and hands of Jesus in the world and in our community.
We need to know Jesus as our Lord, Savior, and Master Teacher to be able to be “ALL IN.”
Now let’s get started: “Our Creed” is the next post.