The church has an age old vision – To bring people back from sin to God. The church began as a small persecuted band of believers.
Traits of the New Testament Church.
- Isaiah 42:6-7- The problems of the people today are not that different from the time of Isaiah. People need a leader who can take them back to God.
- Matt. 5:13-16 – Salt and light transform what they come in contact with. We need to have that effect on those we come in contact with.
- Eph. 2:10 -We are saved to do God’s work.
Measure success by sacrifice and self giving
- Mark 12:41-44 -Jesus saw the real value of the gifts
- Acts 5:1-11 – God sees the real motivation of heart. Our success is not based on how big and financially successful the congregation is, but on the deeds of the hearts involved.
Using God’s mission as the standard for determing priorities
- Matt. 6:33 -Our mission is not to be served by the community, but to serve the community.
Placing kingdom concerns ahead of any particular congregation or traditional boundaries
- Acts 13:1-3 – This church acted unselfishly by letting these go out to do mission work.
Expecting believers to meet high standards
- Colossians 1:28 -Paul expected Christians to be mature
Learning truth to obey it not merely to know it
- Ezekiel 33:31-32 -Put God’s teaching into practice – don’t just give lip service
- Ephesians 4:20-27- Put on a new attitude
- Hebrews 4:12-13 – God’s word will cut away the attitudes that aren’t pleasing to God
Participatory worship meetings open to the leading of the Spirit
- 1 Cor. 14:26 -Share the word
Being honest, authentic and real
- 1 Tim. 1:15-17 -God is there to help you and he will not give up on you. Paul showed us God’s patience with him.
Changing the world in keeping with the principles of God’s Kingdom
- Matt. 13:31-33 – God’s kingdom changes the hearts of people.
- Titus 2:11-14, 3:8
The success of the church is not measured by outward signs like numbers or financial success. The church is about changing peoples’ lives to live for God.
—Robert Lee, 11-25-07, a.m.