The chief purpose of every church should be to glorify almighty God. He seeks humble worshippers who will rejoice in who He is and what He has done. This is God’s appointed end. But what is God’s appointed means to this end?
In Luke 15:10 Jesus says, “I tell you, there is joy before the angels of God over one sinner who repents.” If you’ve ever been a part of leading someone to faith in Christ, you know that there is rejoicing in heaven and on earth when someone crosses from death to life. There is also indescribable joy when, in a discipling relationship with another believer, you see them take tangible steps toward becoming more like Jesus. It’s in moments like these that a kind of joy-infused fuel is thrown on the fire of our hearts, and we can’t help but worship!
The mission God has given our church plant is to “Increase joy in Jesus among our neighbors and the nations,” and we believe that this will happen as every member of our church takes on the responsibility of making disciples. We also believe that as members lead others to faith in Christ, and these new believers then take on the disciple-making task, gospel joy is multiplied. This is Jesus’ ordained means to bring Himself and the Father glory through the church – every member a disciple-maker.
So, I regularly ask myself and our church plant team members, “Who’s your one?” Who is at least one person you are actively seeking to share the gospel with? And I’m so proud of how our team has taken on this challenge! I hear almost daily of how God is using their gospel conversations to push back spiritual darkness in Windsor, Colorado.
In the process of discovering this vision for our church, though, we had another “one” put on our hearts. We felt compelled to begin to pray that God would use our church over the next 5 years to decrease lostness in Windsor by 1%. One percent may not seem like much, but that would mean over 300 new followers of Jesus. This may well be the most audacious thing I’ve ever dared ask the Father. Yet I know He is able to do immeasurable more than even this!
Would you join us in asking the Father to use Christ Church to decrease lostness in our town by 1%? And would you pray that God would multiply disciple-making one person at a time?
Here’s what coming up over the next 6 months:
– August: interest parties at team members’ homes
– Fall Bible studies/small groups in team members’ homes
– September 15: first public “preview” service at Grandview Elementary and first Christ Baptist mission team
– October 13: second “preview” service and CBC mission team
– November 10: third “preview” service and CBC mission team
– December 8: final “preview” service
– January 12, 2020: launch of public weekly worship services
Andy Duke, Christ Church, Windsor