Focused: From Our Foundation to Our Future
This is an exciting time in the life of our church. As we enter into the summer season, we thought it would be a great opportunity to spend some time focusing on two things: our foundation - what we share in common with all Bible-believing, God-honoring churches, as well as our future - what's next for us as a church in our unique place and time.
This week, Pastor Steve Heron will share about our foundation: trusting in the power of the Holy Spirit to guide us through God’s Word and Prayer. In the following weeks, we will learn more about the vision we feel that God has given to use for our future as we go forward in Charleston in 2018. The three things we feel that God has called us to are:
1. Life on Life Discipleship
Jesus defined the mission of the church in Matthew 28:18-20. We are called to make disciples. As we go forward, we want to be asking, “How do we, as a church, take relational responsibility for a few to help them reach maturity in Christ?” We want all our people to be intentional with their time to make disciples and help others grow in everyday life.
2. Biblical Community - God has not called us to venture into ministry alone. When Jesus saved us he took us from the Kingdom of darkness to the Kingdom of His beloved Son (Colossians 1:8). He places us into a family (Ephesians 2:19) and unites us around the reality of all that Jesus has done for us. It’s through this community that we make who Jesus is known to the world - because of our love for one another (John 13:34). We want all of our people to share their life with others, mutually encouraging one another in Christ
3. All Peoples Mindset
The gospel isn’t just for us; It’s for the world (John 3:16-17). The truth of Jesus’s work compels us to step into relationships that aren’t defined by men but by God (2 Corinthians 5:11-21). To that end, we’re asking God to show us how the gospel breaks down barriers that exist between ethnic groups, genders, and generations, as well as any other barrier that is a hindrance to the unity that is found through Jesus Christ. We want all of our people to have this mindset as they build relationships with others, and we look forward to seeing what God does to tear down the walls of racism and prejudice in our city and beyond.
Our hope for Citadel Square is that this vision would become ever-clearer and more focused for our people as continue to grow together, worshiping God and proclaiming the gospel of Jesus Christ in Charleston and beyond!