Make Jesus known one life at a time
In Acts 2:42-47 we read:
“And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. And awe came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were being done through the apostles. And all who believed were together and had all things in common. And they were selling their possessions and belongings and distributing the proceeds to all, as any had need. And day by day, attending the temple together and breaking bread in their homes, they received their food with glad and generous hearts, praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to their number day by day those who were being saved.”
In this passage of the Bible, we see the first description of the early church. There seem to be three philosophies of ministry we see in this passage that ought to take place in any church. First, they were in awe of Jesus – what he had done and continues to do today. They were devoted to and glorified God. Secondly, we see they were together and lived life with a sense of community. They even sold possessions and gave to anyone who was in need. Clearly, they had a strong love for each other. Third, they often met in the Temple courts. This was not just a place of worship, but a place of gathering for people from near and far. They were sharing the love of Christ constantly, and more and more people came to be a part of their movement. Even in the early church, there was an emphasis on serving the world. These principles are just as relevant and vital today to the mission of the Church as they were nearly 2,000 years ago.
How will we see this mission accomplished in our church?
Courageous Church aims to be centered around the gospel. Everything that we do is done so that the love of Jesus may be shared and that lives may be redeemed and transformed by his amazing grace. Furthermore, we believe that when the people of Christ are actually living out gospel-centered lives, we will subsequently embody these characteristics:
- We will have bold faith and be willing to step outside of our comfort zone. We must be authentic with other people, being open and honest about who we are.
- We will be a reproducing church that will train and send people out for the cause of Christ and be in support of others that are called to do the same.
- We will be defined by generous living that seeks to serve God and others with our time, talents, and resources.
- We will have diversity of not only ethnicity, but also of socio-economic backgrounds, personalities, interests, and skillsets.
- We will have strong community involvement. We must be for the community, not against it. We will serve others and take care of people's needs so that they may be drawn closer in relationship with Jesus.