Living out our Mission in 2021 and beyond!
I originally wrote this back in July of 2020 praying and hoping that COVID-19 restrictions would continue to lift past phase 3. Unfortunately, that had not happened, and towards the end of last year, we had two more restrictions put in place. We may not know when things will get back to pre-COVID normalcy, but one thing we can do always is live out the mission statement of the Church.
Here are some practical ways to practice our mission, as we all hope to be mature followers of Jesus.
Attend or view our Sunday Morning Services. 2020 threw every church a curveball concerning gatherings. However, we have no stopped teaching the Bible and offering a time of worship digitally and in person. Commit to join us every Sunday!
Have a Bible Reading plan. Reading the Bible at least 4 times a week is the most transformational thing growing disciples can do. IF you want to grow closer to Christ in 2021 this is a must-do. Whether you read 4 chapters a day or 4 verses, the most important thing you can do is have a plan to read the bible. Here are some options
YouVersion.com (connected with the popular bible app that you can get on your phones and tablets).
Join or stay connected with your Growth Group or Sunday School. The Coronavirus has disconnected so many of us and scattered our groups. Yet, we must not remain disconnected if we want to remain the Church. This means we need to find ways to encourage each other or meet. Meet outside, over Zoom, create a Facebook group, or simply write a card or call and talk to someone. The teens have been meeting monthly for a game night and a time of devotion to connect, encourage, and to talk about future youth activities and events.
Participate or support the ministries of the Church. We are blessed to see such a great outpouring of support and love for the Reverse Advent Calendar project. Let us continue that same outpouring in 2021 when our Ministry Teams ask to church to support a ministry. Something simple as a monetary donation, a can of food, or a bag of candy can be a huge amount if everyone participates.
Reach one person with the Gospel. A few years back we started the Love initiative, which is simply, “Love one. Invite one. Disciple one.” I have heard from members of the body that they have taken this mission in stride, and have been ministering to family members, co-workers, and others in our community. Some have even had people over to watch the online services and even shared the video with a loved one as a way to present the gospel and provide encouragement and hope.
Love Big. “There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.” 1 John 4:18. If there is a keyword that can sum up 2020 (and maybe into 2021), that word will be fear. But as followers of Christ, we are called to love big. When we love big, then our hearts will continue to be transformed into the image of Christ. When we love big, the fire of the Holy Spirit continues to burn hotter and brighter to feel God's warmth, and see His light.