I was recently having a conversation with a friend about our church’s mission, our primary focus, and the ways in which it did, or did not, fit in with our core interest/motivation as it pertains to our walk with God. At The Rock, we believe in Connecting People to LIFE. LIFE being ultimately the discovery of, and commitment to, Christ, and all that that entails – relationship with other believers, discovery of purpose, raising our children up in a Christian culture…
After the conversation, I began to seriously ponder what it is specifically that I value about our mission.
* I have never found anything quite as priceless and life-giving as a relationship with God’s Son. The hope that I carry is invaluable. I want that love for everyone.
* It’s vital to me that my children have an others-centered perspective. As new people come and experience God for the first time (or once again), we provide an environment where people can grow and seek in a grace-filled culture. So many people are in pain, lonely, desperate, and in need of a sanctuary. When my kids give of their time, in whatever capacity, they are helping other people heal.
* When people get filled up, they go out. I can personally touch a small number of people in my lifetime – I can give so much to the poor, the lost, the broken. But if I have 4 children who serve others, and we bring so many others along in our journey, how many MORE people will potentially go out and touch the world?
* The Bible says it’s His will that none would perish. He loves every single soul. It’s important to me that I just keep loving people, being His hands and feet, until I have given hope to as many people as I can.
There are so many ways to worship, places to worship, opinions about worship… Ultimately, it’s our heart’s intent that matters most – however it is expressed. Whatever is on your heart today – actively share it. Send money to Africa. Write a letter to a soldier. Join the fight against human trafficking. Find a soup kitchen and serve food, or volunteer at your local hospital holding abandoned or drug-addicted newborns. There is need everywhere, but don’t go alone. Whether you link arms with two or twenty, one’s impact on the world is always multiplied exponentially when we do it together.
12 Though one may be overpowered,
two can defend themselves.
A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.