What is it going to take for us to be able to take a group of men and mold them into a team, a cooperating body that builds itself up and works together to bring young believers to maturity, reaching out to the poor and disenfranchised, the neglected, and the despised, bringing the good news to those that need it the most?
To start a church founded on sharing and caring, teaching about what grace means, teaching the truth that leads to godliness, teaching and practicing proverbial wisdom and psalmic prayer. To communicate devotion to Christ, self denial, devotion to the church, to ministry and to evangelism.
How do you take a young believer and guide him to maturity? Daily contact and discussions about the Father, Christ, and the Holy Spirit and what it means to love, what it means to live. Showing him how to please the Father, how to yield to the Son, and how to be filled with the Holy Spirit. Guidance in Bible study, prayer, faithfulness to the church gathering, and meditation on the commands of Christ.
To share the whole counsel of God: faith, hope, and love, wisdom, knowledge and understanding, love, joy, and peace, mercy, grace, and power. To demonstrate what it means to commune with God and with one another. To explain what it means to love your neighbor as yourself. To encourage one another daily to be Christ minded, Spirit filled, and devoted to pleasing the Father.
What an awesome task! What an overwhelming privilege! To partner with Christ in building his body!
We are standing on holy ground; we are inhabiting the heights; we are exploring the final frontier; we are traveling in heavenly realms! All praise and glory to Our Father and Our Savior who gives the Holy Spirit generously to empower us to tread the heights of God!