Why do we exist? We exist to spread the fame of God. Said another way, we exist to glorify God. This really is the reason for why everything exists. When our purpose in living is aligned with God’s passion to glorify Himself, we naturally spread His fame. The life of Jesus Christ is the perfect model for purpose and passion coming together. When we see the character and priorities of Jesus’ life, we see someone who perfectly spread the fame of God. Why? Because Jesus lived a life of completely trusting in the Father and doing what the Father wanted to be done. Therefore, when people follow Jesus in the way He lived they will also spread the fame of God. In other words, we see being a disciple of Jesus as THE best way to express a person living to spread the fame of God.
How do we see this tangibly working at Grace Fellowship in the lives of our people? We break down four qualities of maturity to help us measure and promote disciplemaking.
It is our intention to see people connect with God. Unfortunately, there are multiple barriers (distance, background, misunderstanding, prejudice, apathy, being blind to spiritual truth, etc.) to people hearing and understanding what connecting with God means. So, our “Reaching” priorities aim at helping people address these barriers and encourage them to reach people with the Gospel. We believe it is the privilege of every disciple of Jesus to reach his or her friend with the message of the Gospel. It is not the role of the “professional” pastor. Jesus told each of us to “make disciples” who then, in turn, can make disciples. Therefore, we have opportunities in which our people can invite their friends who are curious about Christianity or at least open to consider spiritual truths.
It is our intention to help people develop in their spiritual life. We do this by having “Building” priorities throughout our regular programming. The priorities of community (with one another), adoration (considering the greatness of our Heavenly Father), nurture (through the means of grace like Biblical teaching, observing the Lord’s Supper, Baptism of new followers of Christ, etc.), and serving (toward one another) are all priorities that we want to see expressed in order to grow deeper in our trust relationship with our Heavenly Father.
It is our intention to prepare the people to develop a lifestyle of peer care and peer share. We want people to develop a life of caring for peers and sharing with their friends, neighbors, coworkers, and just people in general regarding the fantastic news that the God of the universe has made a way for them to connect with Him through Jesus.
It is our intention to “lead and feed” those that God has put in our church. The leadership of our church is committed to giving oversight to the healthy development of all of our ministry environments. It is the leadership that is always asking in what ways can we maximize both our personal lives and our program environments in order to more effectively spread the fame of God.