Making Jesus known one life at a time.
In Acts 2:42-47 we read,
“And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. And awe came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were being done through the apostles. And all who believed were together and had all things in common. And they were selling their possessions and belongings and distributing the proceeds to all, as any had need. And day by day, attending the temple together and breaking bread in their homes, they received their food with glad and generous hearts, praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to their number day by day those who were being saved.”
In this passage of Scripture, we see the first description of the early church. There seems to be three philosophies of ministry we see in this passage that ought to take place in any church. First, they were in awe of Jesus, what He had done and continues to do today. They were devoted and glorified God. Secondly, we see they were together and lived life with a sense of community. They even sold possessions and gave to anyone who was in need. Clearly, they had a strong love for one another. Third, they often met in the Temple courts. This was not just a place of worship, but a place of gathering for people from all over. Surely they were sharing the love of Christ with others. Even in the early church, there was an emphasis on serving the world. Our call to “Plant the Gospel” comes straight from the Scriptures and we are excited to see what God does through this vision!
How do we see this vision completed in our church?
Plant the Gospel is centered around the Gospel. Everything that is done in and through the church is with the Gospel of Jesus at the center of it all. Because the church is living Gospel centered lives, people can find all these attributes about the church plant.
- That is authentic to the people and the community, being open and honest, not afraid to be who we are.
- That builds a community both with in the church and outside without compromising the message of Jesus Christ.
- That has quality worship in a modern diverse way, making it the very best it can be.
- That serves each other and the community to draw each other and the community closer in a relationship with Jesus Christ.
- That enjoys laughing and growing together in the Lord and reaching the community of Madison/Huntsville.
- That seeks to give to God generously in their time, talents, and treasures.