Yesterday we wrapped up our four part series on the vision and values of missio Dei: Falcon. As we come out of one of the most difficult seasons the American church has ever endured, it is more important than ever that we:
Create a space for all people to encounter the person of Jesus through the transforming study of His Word, experience the love of Jesus through the love of His people, and engage the work of Jesus through missional discipleship.
If you missed any of the weeks that we discussed the three core aspects of our vision statement I highly encourage to go back and watch them by following the links above. However, it is the topic of this past Sunday that I believe is the most integral for us to ensure that our church is that space that is conducive to people encountering, experiencing, and engaging Jesus. I also encourage you to watch that service by following this link.
The reason this past Sunday’s theme is so important is because the only way that our church will be a space that is conducive to encountering, experiencing, and engaging Jesus is if collectively we all embrace and live out the values that we discussed. Too often churches—ours included—can slide into a passivity that sees the mission as something that we can leave to other people to fulfill. But this last year has shown us that it is only when we all live out our values that the vision is guarded and the mission advances.
To that end, we are setting aside this summer as a season for everyone to spend some dedicated time praying through and seeking the Spirit’s help in increasingly becoming a place that demonstrates the following values:
- Scripture Saturated: The Word of Christ, dwelling in us richly, permeates all we think, say, and do (Colossians 3:16).
- Gospel Centered: The Good News of salvation by grace through faith in Christ as the anchor for all of life (Ephesians 2:1-10).
- Relationally Intentional: Being moved towards another person because of the unsurpassable worth they hold in Jesus’ eyes (1 Thessalonians 2:8).
- Authentically Loving: Desperately wanting what’s best for another person, for their own sake (John 13:34).
- Missionally Discipling: Maturing together in Christ as we love people who don’t know Jesus with gospel intentionality (Colossians 1:28).
- Kingdom Multiplying: Giving ourselves for the glory of Jesus beyond our local church setting (Matthew 28:18-20).
The way that we would like to grow in our ability to embody these values this summer is by prayerfully and meditatively working through these questions with each of the six values listed above:
- How has Jesus worked through this value in your life?
- How are you currently living out this value?
- What next steps can you take to grow in this value?
I think the best way to process these questions is first alone with a journal or in contemplative prayer with Jesus. Then share what you are learning with your spouse or a close friend. And finally, if you have children, include them in the discussion processing how your family can be defined by these values.
As we collectively pray through these questions this summer our desire is that growth in these ways will allow us to be even more intentional about cultivating a space where all people can grow in their relationship with Jesus. Will you join us in that prayer?