Adoring, Obeying, and Proclaiming Jesus Together
Adoring - Every Christian, because of their standing in Christ, has a love relationship with Jesus - which should define their entire life. Genuine heart worship should flow out of that love relationship which is fueled by the Holy Spirit in a growing knowledge of Jesus through the Scriptures.
Philippians 3:8 – “8 Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ”
References: 1Jo. 4:7-12; Mat. 10:37-39; Jhn. 15:1-11; Php. 3:8-11; Gal. 2:20; Deut. 6:4-6
Obeying - All Christians should be hungry and thirsty for righteousness and be seeking to obey Jesus in their lives with like-minded believers who adore and want to obey him as well! Obedience to the Scriptures and resulting fruit of the Spirit are signs of being a genuine disciple, and acts of love to God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit that result in acts of love for our neighbor.
1 John 5:1-2 – “Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ has been born of God, and everyone who loves the Father loves whoever has been born of him. 2 By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God and obey his commandments.”
References: 1Jo. 5:1-2; Jn. 14:15-17; Mt. 5:6, 6:33
Proclaiming - Every Christian has the biblical obligation and privilege to be an ambassador for Christ! We joyfully proclaim the glorious good news of Christ to all. We also proclaim Christ through the Scriptures in every situation.
2 Corinthians 5:20-21 – “20 Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. 21 For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.”
References: Mt. 28:18-20; Mk. 16:15; Lk. 24:43-48; Ac. 1:8; 5:42; Rm. 1:16-17; 10:14-15; 1Co. 1:23.
Together – God has made us His children through the blood of His Son, Jesus Christ, and therefore we belong to the family of God! We believe the Christian life should be lived together with other believers where we encourage one another and hold each other accountable to love and follow Christ.
Romans 15:5-7 – “May the God of endurance and encouragement grant you to live in such harmony with one another, in accord with Christ Jesus, 6 that together you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.”
References: Jn. 1:12-13; Rom. 15:5-7; 1Th. 4:18, 5:11; Heb. 10:25