NCCkl Is Purpose Driven
“Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying: “Whom shall I send, and who will go for Us?” Then I said, “Here am I! Send me.” Isa 6:8
It is pertinent for God’s elect in the Gospel of God’s Righteousness which constitutes Jesus’ baptism, death and resurrection to know that NCCkl is purpose driven. What makes a healthy church, not necessarily a growing church but a healthy church? I believe health creates healthy church. I don’t have to tell my children to grow. If they are healthy, they grow automatically.
Every church that is going to be healthy has to worship, has to evangelize, has to help elects grow (discipleship), has to do ministry and has to have fellowship. If you notice, this is the approach I adopted throughout 2019. In fact, I derived this approach from the Lord’s royal commandment and the Great Commission for our 2019 theme ‘Send Me.’
The Royal Commandment
The royal commandment gives us two purposes. The royal commandment expects us to love God with all our heart, soul and strength, that is worship. Worship is expressing our love to God. Secondly, the royal commandment expects us to love our neighbor as ourselves, that is ministry. Ministry is serving one another. Two purposes of the church, worship and ministry comes from the royal commandment.
The Great Commission
The Great Commission gives us three purposes. The Great Commission says to go and make disciples, that is evangelism. It says to teach them to do everything that I have commanded you, that is discipleship. Right in the middle it says, to baptize them in the name of the Father, Son and the Holy Spirit. Why did God put baptism in between these two great purposes of evangelism and discipleship? I think because of what it represents. Baptism doesn’t just represent new life in Christ. It represents incorporation into the body of Christ. Only faith in the Gospel of God’s Righteousness that constitutes Jesus’ baptism, death and resurrection has the power to save one’s soul and unite us into the body of Christ, the church. Spiritual baptism is our union with Christ. Water baptism is a symbolic act of declaring what has happened inwardly in the heart of one who has truly believed in the Gospel of God’s Righteousness. Without faith in the baptism of Jesus, one has no spiritual connection and a relationship with Jesus’ death and resurrection.
NCCkl Is Purpose Driven
If we fail to have a strategy or structure to balance the five purposes derived from the royal commandment and The Great Commission intentionally, the church may tend to over-emphasize certain purposes and neglect the others. For instance, if we focus too much on teaching, then there are possibilities we may neglect winning new souls. If our focus is too much on evangelism, we may tend to produce a soul winning church where there is no depth. We can have gifts in the area of worship and build what I call an ‘experiencing God’ church but no ministry or fellowship. Our objective at NCCkl is to ensure we meet the five purposes of a purpose driven church without neglecting any one of them.
How worship with others changes us? When Jesus is asked what the greatest commandment was, His answer was to love God with all our heart, soul and mind. As human beings, we have all been hard-wired to worship or express our love. We were made to be loved by God. When we do what we were made to do, God will bless us in ways we didn’t know was possible.
Sharing our hope with others. Everyone wants to leave a legacy. The only way to make an eternal impact is to bring someone else into God’s family. We are ambassadors of Jesus Christ. God has qualified us with His power, ability and sufficiency to be the dispenser of His New Covenant message. We are privileged to preach the Gospel Truth to others.
The secret to greatness. How do we become successful? How do we become the greatest? According to Jesus, the secret to greatness is serving. In Mt 23, Jesus said, “the greatest among you will be your servant.” Being a servant may sound like being weak or a push over but the fact of the matter is, serving will transform our lives in great ways.
We need others for spiritual support. In today’s world, dependency is often considered a weakness. We are taught that we don’t need anyone to figure things out on our own. God did not create us to be alone. God created us to depend on a spiritual family for support. The church today is God’s answer to loneliness, fatigue, defeat and despair.
Discipleship is teaching biblical precepts, while modelling and guiding others toward living righteously as followers of Jesus. This should be a cyclical process–meaning once we are discipled, we are to disciple others.