Part of our Intention as Christ Followers is to function in these 5 G’s and Model and Teach others to do likewise! Grace, Growth, Group, Gifts and Giving.
Ephesians 2:8-9 “For by grace you are saved through faith; and not of yourselves. It is the gift of God, not works, lest any man should boast.”
We understand and receive God’s grace to save them and to minister that grace to others. They have abandoned all attempts to earn God’s favor through accomplishments of their own and find security only through choosing to believe in Jesus’ sacrificial death and resurrection for their sins. They are following his way of life.
Yielded to Grace:
In obedience to Christ’s command, they have experienced water baptism as believers in the Gospel of Jesus Christ, giving outward expression of what has happened inwardly in their hearts and lives through Jesus.
You should also desire to extend the grace we have received to others through Personal Evangelism and participation in ministry of the church to reach the community and the world.
You communicate grace in a way that allows people to be messy without recourse because life can be hard and people need to understand the kindness and acceptance of Jesus.
“No perfect people allowed.” ‘Come as you are but don’t stay that way!”
2 Peter 3:18 “but grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and forever. Amen”
2 Timothy 2:15-16 “Study to show yourself approved for God, a workman that needs not be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth….shun profane and vain babblings for they will increase to ungodliness.”
We experience growth in God when we apply spiritual disciplines to our lives by responding to the word and teachings. A disciple knows that experiencing God’s grace is just the beginning of God’s work in them. They consistently nurture their spiritual development through Prayer, Worship and Bible Study. They bring others alongside them in these disciplines and endeavors.
Disciples respond well to instruction and correction from leaders because they want to be more Christ-like and grow in trust with Leadership team.
Acts 2:42 “Those who gladly received his word were baptized; and that day about three thousand souls were added to them. And they continued steadfastly in the apostles doctrine and fellowship, in the breaking of bread and in prayers.”
1.We participate in communion, worship and Bible study. We model these things to the crowd.
2. We pursue relationships that honor Jesus in our homes, at work, in the community and at church.
3. We follow biblical patterns of reconciliation when conflict arises.
4.We affirm and uphold fundamental truths of the Bible. They are unashamed and unafraid to confront gossip or any conversation that would cause disharmony in our church. We do it best in Groups!
Jesus met often with different size crowds- the multitudes, the twelve, the three closest to him. We do the same…attend large events and Sunday worship services, the Group setting and one on one discipleship.
Roots Church’s Group Mission Statement: “Life change happens best in Groups and Groups are all about connecting people to people and community to Christ.”
Romans 12:6-8 “Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given us, let us USE THEM; if prophecy, let us prophesy in proportion to our faith; or ministry, let us USE IT in our ministering; he who teaches, in teaching; he who exhorts, in exhortation; he who gives, with liberality; he who leads, with diligence; he who shows mercy, with cheerfulness.”
The church is composed of Diverse members and cultures, and each person is uniquely gifted by God for the purpose of building up the church and further ministry of God’s people.
Disciples seek to Discover, Develop and Deploy the diversity of God-given gifts and seek a place of service within the church to function in their gifting. As they develop their “gifts” they do so with the support and affirmation of the Leadership and body of believers.