People of Christ

Aug 13, 2017 | Kyle Fox

People of Christ—John 7:37-39

John 7:37-39

As God recaptures life in us, we believe that He is leading us to become a certain kind of people — People of Christ. Therefore, we find great importance in becoming: People of the Holy Spirit, People of the Church, People of Scripture, People of Mission and People of Sacrifice. This series will explore each of these ideas, how Scripture encourages us to embody them and how we can live them out as a community of believers. History shows us that through the lifespan of the church, these five things have always been essential values, so join us as we seek to emanate these things and live as People of Christ.

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As God recaptures life in us, we believe that He is leading us to become a certain kind of people — People of Christ. Therefore, we find great importance in becoming: People of the Holy Spirit, People of the Church, People of Scripture, People of Mission and People of Sacrifice. This series will explore each of these ideas, how Scripture encourages us to embody them and how we can live them out as a community of believers. History shows us that through the lifespan of the church, these five things have always been essential values, so join us as we seek to emanate these things and live as People of Christ.

 

  • People of the Holy Spirit: Luke 14:26
    Jesus disciples his people to have a relationship with him that is the guiding relationship of our lives. We relate to Christ through a daily walk with the Holy Spirit (John 14:15-17, 25-26; 16:7-15). His disciples therefore make a commitment to be people of the Spirit. This is the relationship that governs our lives. It is Christ Jesus, through the Holy Spirit who is shaping us into a certain type of people. Therefore, Disciples desire and pursue an ongoing, daily relationship with the Spirit. Disciples also learn to discern his voice among all the others. As people of the Spirit we engage in the practice of prayer.

  • People of the Church: John 13:34-35
    Jesus disciples his people to engage in loving community, that has come to be called “the church.” His disciples therefore make a commitment to a local church. The church is built by Jesus and on Jesus, is led by the Spirit, is unique in its origin and purpose, is an organism (not an organization) embodying Jesus’ presence in the world, is made up of all kinds of people (not events or products to consume). As people of the Church, we have a priority for church membership, worship, serving, communion, and baptism.

  • People of Scripture: John 8:30-32
    Jesus disciples his people to abide in his word of truth. His disciples therefore make a commitment to the Scriptures. They delight in Scripture, know Scripture, obey Scripture. As people of Scripture we have a habit of meditating on it.

  • People of Mission: Matthew 28:18-20
    Jesus disciples his people to go and make other disciples. His disciples therefore make a commitment to his mission. We have ministry of reconciliation, where we teach people to obey Christ, and we partner with Jesus in this work. As people of mission, we engage in the work of making new disciples and growing disciples both locally and all over the world.

  • People of Sacrifice: Luke 14:27, 33
    Jesus disciples his people to sacrifice everything for him. His disciples therefore make a commitment to a life of sacrifice. Sacrifice includes a cheerful, ready heart, repeated and patterned action of giving up our personal desires and rights, our material things, and our time. We sacrifice so that we can give to his kingdom building efforts both locally and globally. The goal of sacrifice is not self-worship, but rather it is thanksgiving to God.

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