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Before we do anything for God, our relationship begins first by simply being with Him, fully ourselves, wherever we’re at on the journey.
John 15:4-5, Psalms 46:10, Philippians 3:10
Our primary goal as followers of Jesus is learning to live in constant connection to the Spirit. This is how we are able to be with Jesus. We must invite Him into every moment and bring His presence into the routine of our daily life.
God loves us exactly as we are but too much to let us stay there. The more we abide in Christ, the more, by His Holy Spirit, we become like Him.
1 John 2:6, Galatians 2:20, Ephesians 5:1-2
The promise of the New Testament is nothing short of full-on transformation, but so many of us feel a disconnect between that promise and our reality. Is change really possible? The answer is: yes, but the odds are, it’s not what you think. To become like Jesus, you must be increasingly possessed and permeated by the character traits of Jesus. Allow yourself to be transformed, from the inside out, as you work to become like Jesus.
We know we’re not blessed to hoard. We’re blessed to be a blessing. The more transformed we become, the more we are burdened for the world God so loved that He sent His Son.
Matthew 28:19-20, Acts 1:8, Mark 16:15
How do we actually do what Jesus did? As apprentices of Jesus, we are called to not only follow Jesus in spirit but we are called to continue His work on earth as it is in heaven. This means serving others, praying for the lost, opening up our homes and our lives to those far from God. The end goal is to do what he did.
Why is this our mission?
In a culture that prioritizes going further and doing more, we want to be a community that prioritizes both presence and action, in that order. In Genesis, Adam and Eve’s first day wasn’t a day of work, but rest and intimacy with their Creator. Therefore, we know that what we’re doing is never more important than knowing who we are becoming.
You can’t become more like Jesus without first being with Jesus. You can’t be with Jesus without also becoming more like Jesus. No matter where you are in your journey, “be and become” applies to you because growing in your intimacy with Jesus and likeness to Jesus is a lifelong journey.
In light of this, we invite you to come exactly as you are and to take steps every day to become more like Jesus. This is the invitation for all of us, regardless of where we’re at on the journey. We do this for the sake of the world because Jesus taught us to pray that his Kingdom would come to Earth as it is in heaven.
Here, we are reminded of three things:
“I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.” John 15:5
BE WITH JESUS
We are called to bear fruit, not grow it. Bearing fruit comes from abiding in Jesus—spending time with Him and listening to Him.
BECOME LIKE HIM
Jesus does the building, and when we abide in Him to bear fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23), we become more like Him.
FOR THE SAKE OF THE WORLD
Jesus says that apart from Him, we can do nothing, implying that we’re meant to do something. By abiding in and following Him, we can make an impact here, near, and far.
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