The pastoral staff at my church is passionate about reaching the next generation for Jesus. I love how my church loves people. This post is inspired by my pastor’s sermon titled “The Heart of Our Church.” I’m sharing this message here because I believe these truths apply to THE CHURCH, the body of Christ Jesus. These truths apply to Bible-teaching churches. If you are reading this and you are looking for a church home in your area, look for one that displays the following characteristics.
The Heart of The Church
The Power of God’s Word
We are passionately committed to preaching, teaching, and living out the scriptures as our guide to truth and Godly living.
The Joy of Authentic Community
We share in the joys, burdens, and adventures of life by creating friendships/relationships that go deeper than Sunday to impact every day.
The Expectation of Ministry Excellence
We strive to do everything with Jesus-Exalting passion and excellence so that it will bring God all of the glory.
The Blessing of Generous Living
We believe that God owns everything. We look for opportunities to be conduits of His blessings in the way we use our time, abilities, and finances.
The Priority of Reaching People
We pursue our neighbors and the nations with the gospel so they can know God in a personal way.
Scripture Verses Related to the Heart of the Church
But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be My witnesses both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and even to the remotest part of the earth. Acts 1:8
So then those who were scattered because of the persecution that occurred in connection with Stephen made their way to Phoenicia and Cyprus and Antioch, speaking the word to no one except to Jews alone. But there were some of them, men of Cyprus and Cyrene, who came to Antioch and began speaking to the Greeks also, preaching the Lord Jesus. And the hand of the Lord was with them, and a large number who believed turned to the Lord. The news about them reached the ears of the church at Jerusalem, and they sent Barnabas off to Antioch. Then when he arrived and witnessed the grace of God, he rejoiced and began to encourage them all with resolute heart to remain true to the Lord; for he was a good man, and full of the Holy Spirit and of faith. And considerable numbers were brought to the Lord. And he left for Tarsus to look for Saul; and when he had found him, he brought him to Antioch. And for an entire year they met with the church and taught considerable numbers; and the disciples were first called Christians in Antioch. Acts 11:19-26
We will not conceal them from their children,
But tell to the generation to come the praises of the Lord,
And His strength and His wondrous works that He has done. – Psalm 78:4
To Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations forever and ever. Amen. Ephesians 3:21