Our vision for 2016…
Our vision is to – Glorify the Father, through the Son, In the power of the Holy Spirit; to know Christ; to imitate Christ; to proclaim Christ.
Our Family motivational statement is Moving from Comfort to Obedience, and I believe we need to hold on to this statement and really apply it to our lives, as a church that is alive and not dead, because a comfortable church can easily be seen as a dead one.
I think we need to heed this message from Paul to the saints at Corinth reminding them and us today that Jesus was raised to life and that we too will be raised, this has a wonderful hope for theirs and our future.
1 Corinthians 15:57-58 But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labour is not in vain. So all that we do, is and has to be for the Glory of the Father, the proclaiming of the Son, in the power of the Holy Spirit, with the belief/ faith to see change in Torpoint.
Prayer: I still feel prayer individually and corporately is so important in the life of the believer and the Church, if we get this right, everything else I believe will fall into place. So far the ladies meet once a fortnight for prayer in the morning, we have a prep-prayer service meeting on a Sunday, a touch of prayer at our house group and our Monthly prayer group.
Godly leadership: Our leadership has not really changed, as a leadership when we meet we are going through Fruitful leaders, which is a very good and challenging book. I now feel it is about time, others got involved where they can. On the back we have some signup sheets for you to serve, please have a look and put your name down to serve.
Bible-based ministry: This is a must, and we all know that we cannot, and we will not tolerate compromise. We are preaching Genesis and up to Easter, then the pastors are doing a series on Stewardship followed by the five “Solas”, Sola Scriptura; (The Scripture Alone); Soli Deo Gloria! (For the Glory of God Alone); Solo Christo! (By Christ’s Work Alone); Sola Gratia; (Salvation by Grace Alone); Sola Fide; (Justification by Faith Alone). Then I would like to look at Malachi: A Message for today. This can change. but that is our plan, and we have to pray God’s plan for us.
Evangelism, Church services, House groups and one on ones. On-going Church evangelism. Our vision has to be moving from comfort to obedience, to reach out, and to evangelise, sharing the good news with family, friends, neighbours and strangers.
Ladies’ craft and prayer – to have more opportunities to invite others.
Men’s breakfast – to have more opportunities to invite others.
Bi-Monthly steak night. Opportunity to continue to invite friends and so on.
Couples – our vision is for couples to pray for more opportunities to be hospitable to those who do not know Jesus, to be able to tell them about Jesus.
We have to continue to be Spirit led, good preparation, and being aware of what needs to change, or remain. I feel we have a good balance for now of Worship and the word, but I really want to encourage more responsive prayer, in our worship and praise, being thankful and mindful, sensitive to what is happening,
House groups –
We continue to study what was preached on a Sunday, allowing for more reflection and response, but also an opportunity to get to know each other and prayer for each other.
One on ones –
How well are we doing meeting up with others, coming alongside others to teach them the bible, what about accountability partners, Prayer Partners
John 15:12 My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you.
Discipleship, we are commanded continually to make disciples, this is similar to one on one, but the reality is that it covers everything. Who are you discipling and who is disciplining you? There is a sheet with the rotas if you are not being discipled, or you are not discipling anyone, put your name down.