Think of one word that would describe what brought or is bringing you to Jesus. Share that word and a sentence or two explanation.
WHY does JesusChurch exist? Our purpose is to help people find and follow Jesus. Our mission is to seek the lost and disciple the found.
HOW will we – as a church and as individual Christians – reach people for Jesus and teach them how to follow Jesus? Here are 7 priorities for our church and 7 characteristics for a disciple of Jesus.
- Celebrate the Father’s Love
- Be Passionate for Jesus
- Commit to Community
- Have Compassion for All
- Be Dependent on the Spirit
- Be Dedicated to the Kingdom
- Disciple the Next Generation
Keeping 7 things in mind is a lot. So we have boiled these 7 down to 1 MOTTO - Live a Questionable Life.
Jesus lived a questionable life. People were constantly scratching their heads around Jesus asking, “What makes this guy tick?” He touched lepers, talked to foreigners, welcomed children, hung out with sinners, washed dirty feet and even forgave those who were crucifying Him. Ultimately, Jesus died on the cross bearing our sin so that we could have true life. Jesus was definitely different! That’s because He was on a mission from His Father to save the world.
Jesus now calls us to join Him in that mission and Live a Questionable Life too. He said, As the Father sent me, so I am sending you (John 20:21).
The goal in all of this is for you to live in such a way that your life creates curiosity for Christ and gets people asking “What makes (insert your name) tick?” And the answer? “It’s Jesus! He’s my Savior and Lord and I’m His follower. So I’m trying to live like Him.”
This is exactly how Peter and Paul call us to live:
You must worship Christ as Lord of your life. And if someone asks about your hope as a believer, always be ready to explain it. But do this in a gentle and respectful way. (1 Peter 3:15-16).
Live wisely among those who are not believers, and make the most of every opportunity. Let your conversation be gracious and attractive so that you will have the right response for everyone. (Colossians 4:5-6).
Reflection: Whom did you see living as a follower of Jesus? What questions did that raise for you? Did it lead to any conversations?
Living a Questionable Life can be intentionally pursued by praying this simple prayer:
Try praying this throughout your day, pausing a moment and acting on the thoughts and nudges you receive. You will find yourself living a questionable life and people may ask you why you are the way you are. When they do, don’t answer, “I’m just trying to be a nice person.” That’s a cop out. Say, “I think it’s something Jesus would do.” That should create further curiosity.
Reflection: What kind of character did Jesus display? What kind of things did Jesus do? What kind of things did Jesus say? Why is the order of BE, DO and SAY important?
Challenge: Install the Soul Revolution App and take the 60:60 Challenge. Every 60 minutes for 60 days you will get an alert and notification. (Make sure you allow notifications when installing the app.) The notification will have a Bible passage and either a prayer or activity suggestion. Read the passage, pray the prayer or do the activity AND pray …
Jesus, what would you have me BE, DO or SAY right now?
Here at JesusChurch we like to say “Everyone gets to play.” We want to help everyone get in the game and find a volunteer position. But we don’t want square pegs in round holes. We want to get the right people in the right positions for the right reasons. (Although, sometimes we are just happy to fill volunteer positions and are grateful for those who are willing to do so.) Let the acronym PEG help you find your fit:
- PASSION - What gets you fired up? What are you passionate about? Even, what makes you mad?
- EXPERIENCE - What have you done in the past that you feel God has really blessed?
- GIFTS - What are your natural talents and spiritual gifts?
Discussion: What are your top 3 spiritual gifts? Any surprises? Any questions?
Here at JesusChurch we have open membership. You decide if you want to be an Active Participant or not. However, when it comes to volunteers and leaders, we train, support and evaluate. Here is what is required to volunteer …
Volunteering at JesusChurch
- Community Outreaches
Everyone gets to play. Open to all.
- Welcome Team, Set-Up Team, Sound Team, Projection Team, Worship Team, Children’s Team (Helpers under 18), etc.
Discover JesusChurch required. No background check required. For minors helping with childcare an application with references is required. Ministry specific training and orientation provided.
- Children’s Team (Workers over 18), Security Team, Youth Team, Outreaches Involving Childcare, etc.
Discover JesusChurch, application and background check with references required. Ministry specific training and orientation provided.
- Staff, Small Group Leaders, Board, Team Leaders, etc.
Discover JesusChurch, Passport, application, background check with references and personal interview required. Ministry specific training and orientation provided.
Reflection: Why do we focus on Jesus? How did we come up with the name JesusChurch?
JesusChurch is affiliated with the VineyardUSA.
Reflection: What struck you from Eleanor’s take on the Vineyard?
Reflection: Do you have any questions from the Other Distinctives?
What are the responsibilities of an Active Participant at JesusChurch?
- Come (Sundays for worship) - Come early!
- Grow (Devotions - Try YouVersion app’s Essential 100 reading plan)
- Connect (Join a group - small, support, men’s, women’s or youth)
- Go on an outreach
- Pray for the church (people, leadership and ministry)
- Represent - Live a Questionable Life
- If you’re ready to be baptized, talk to Pastor Karl.
- If you’re ready to become an Active Participant at JesusChurch, let Pastor Karl know.
If you previously participated in another church, is there someone there that you need to talk to so you can make a clean start here at JesusChurch? How can we help you with this transition?
- Sign up for Passport: A Believers Guide to the Kingdom of God.
Passport is a 10-week guide to the Kingdom of God. This is a great group for those who are new to the faith and new to JesusChurch. We also ask all key leaders and teachers in JesusChurch to take Passport. The cost of the book is $10. If finances are an issue, scholarships are available.
- Take Discover the Kingdom - The Storyline of the Kingdom from Genesis to Revelation.