This past Sunday we had a guest speaker speak from Matthew 6.19-21 and the intersection of our hearts and our treasures. Thus, I am going to use this week’s blog to provide an update on the renewal we began a couple of months ago.
You may recall that our church had a series of services at the end of July that were labeled as Renewal Services. At the time, I tried to communicate that the purpose of the services was not the services themselves; rather, they were to stimulate us to be renewed. That renewal is currently happening through a series of discussions on Sunday nights.
We began by establishing our values. The discussion on these values took place over a couple of different weeks. After listing several items that are important, and then working to define specific terms, the following statement represents the draft of what will be shared with the church in the next couple of months.
Fairfax Baptist Church places Jesus, the Christ, the second Person of the Trinity, at the center of our focus. Placing such a high value on Jesus, we will focus on:
- Following Jesus and living by faith (Matthew 4.19)
- Loving God and our neighbor (Mark 12.28-31)
- Making Disciples (Matthew 28.18-20)
by prayer (Luke 11.2-4) and obedience to Him (John 14.15), based upon the Word of God (2 Timothy 3.16-17).
These values represent the core of what any believer should do. We must now give them “legs” as we determine how to live (and specifically minister) according to these values.
The next major step was to evaluate our vision statement. The statement that is being considered is common, but it is simple and can be easily understood. That statement: To Know Christ and Make Him Known.
Again, a part of the appeal of this statement is in its simplicity. But it is also measurable (more so than our current statement). We can easily determine if a particular ministry opportunity to meets one of those two criteria. Does the opportunity allow us to better know Christ? Or does it allow us to make Him known?
These two items (the values and the vision) have not been officially approved by the church, but they represent a good start to defining who we will be in the future and the impact that definition will have on our ministry.
So, the process of renewal has started. Yes, we are still in the early stages, but the discussions have been energetic. To me, that represents the desire to do more. That was the goal of the renewal. But the real fruit will be seen in the days to come.