What is Christianity all about?
What does a disciple of Jesus look like in 2018? What does God desire for the Dripping Springs Church of Christ this year? As the leadership asked these questions, two things became apparent: we need to know what we believe, and we need to know how to share it with others. That is, we need to know the message of God and accept the mission of God. Why is this so important and how do we plan to fulfill it in the coming year?
Looking around, it doesn’t take long to realize how easy it is for a Christian (or a church) to lose their way in our culture. As American society promotes materialism, secularism, hedonism, etc. it becomes increasingly more difficult for a believer to “live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age” (Titus 2:12). If that wasn’t bad enough, there are those who come from among the ranks of Christianity, teaching doctrines that are against the truth of God (Matt. 7:15; Acts 20: 29-30), leading disciples into ungodly lifestyles (1 Tim. 4:1-ff). Because of this, many Christians are going through an identity crisis: we don’t know who we are, why we are here, and how we should live. In times like these, it is more apparent than ever how necessary it is for God’s redeemed to know what we believe and why we believe it; to be able to “discern both good and evil” (Heb. 5:14); to think and live correctly in the light of God’s truth. Our teaching will focus on this in the coming year as we strive to know who we are as God’s people.
Yet, our theme doesn’t stop with knowing but progresses toward acting—we have to “accept the mission.” As Paul writes in 1 Corinthians 4:13: “We also believe, and therefore speak.” As the church of Christ, we are called to embody the mission of Jesus when he came to “Seek and the save the lost” (Luke 19:10). Out of our convictions and faith in the power of the gospel, we reach out to our neighbors in love and truth, telling them about the wonderful things God does for us in Jesus Christ. Before ascending Jesus gave his followers a mission: “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. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age” (Matt. 28:19-20). As we follow this endeavor, we aren’t alone: the presence of our Lord is there to comfort, strengthen, and empower us for His purpose.
In order to accomplish and better equip ourselves for this mission we will have a special evangelism workshop; the “Bring, Teach, Keep” seminar will be hosted by Chuck Anderson Feb. 16-18. During this time we will not only learn how to find our place in evangelism (not everyone has the same role) but we will be trained in a very practical way in order to reach our neighbors for Christ. This seminar promises to be fun and engaging, and we hope everyone will make an effort to be there.
More than anything, as we enter into 2018 as the Dripping Springs Church of Christ, the elders want this congregation, and every individual Christian, to have a faith that is “steadfast, unmovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord” (1 Cor. 15:58). Let us all join together as God’s redeemed people, rejoicing in what God has done for us and “set your hope fully on the grace that will be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ” (1 Pet. 1:13). Most importantly, let us be a community that knows the message and accepts the mission of our great and glorious God!