MESSIAH’S MISSION & DISCIPLESHIP PLAN
Our Messiah community consists of our Church, School and Child Care & Learning Center families combined. All of us have a singular mission as directed by God’s Word, from Matthew 28:18-20:
And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you.”
We have translated that missions to be: Celebrating and sharing Christ’s love, hope and peace to all people.
Everything else we do flows from this directive, to become, live and participate with God in making disciples. But what is a disciple? A disciple is someone who is daily growing more like Christ by Growing Up, Growing In and Growing Out.
MESSIAH’S DISCIPLESHIP PROCESS
This is how each of us grow individually and as a community to become disciples of our Lord, Jesus Christ.
I connect with God through weekly worship and spending time daily in the Word with God.
The first step to becoming a disciple of Christ is to worship Him, but that is not enough. We also need daily time with Him, to hear from Him, through His Word.
“Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” ~ Matthew 11:28-30
“Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night.” ~ Psalm 1:1-2
I connect in the Word with other believers.
Our second step in the discipleship process is to grow in community with others. God did not intend for us to go through this life alone.
“And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers.” Acts 2:42
I connect people in my life to Christ through the Word.
Our process of discipleship comes to a peak as we join Jesus in His mission, serving others wherever we happen to be — in our schools, neighborhoods, and workplaces. Our discipleship process never ends, however, as we are always growing and just as someone is always leading us through the process, so we, also are continually restarting the cycle by leading others to be disciples.
“And Jesus, undeterred, went right ahead and gave his charge: “God authorized and commanded me to commission you: Go out and train everyone you meet, far and near, in this way of life, marking them by baptism in the threefold name: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Then instruct them in the practice of all I have commanded you. I’ll be with you as you do this, day after day, right up to the end of the age.”” ~ Matthew 28:18-20 The Message
To find out more about Messiah Lutheran Church . . .
We encourage everyone who is new to Messiah to attend our New Member Orientation Class. Watch this website and the weekly bulletin/newsletter for more information about this class.