2,000 years ago, something incredible happened in a city much like our own. Our prayer is that the transformation that took place in the city of Antioch in Acts 13 would unfold in the Lakeway area as well. It is going to take almost our whole congregation and almost every church to advance Jesus' Kingdom in our town - but our hope is that almost the whole city would come to follow Jesus Christ. As we move forward over the next several years, this goal of "Almost the Whole City" is our vision.
Making, Maturing, and Multiplying Disciples of Jesus
There’s only one mission for any local church. After His resurrection, and before He ascended into heaven, Jesus told His followers to make other disciples. That simply means that those who believe the gospel should live out His teachings as we pursue relationships with God, with those inside the church, and with those outside the church.
Our passion is to make more disciples of Jesus Christ. As followers of the teachings of Jesus, we never stop maturing. Maturing is the process of growing and being transformed into His image in the way that we live. Jesus told His first disciples to make other disciples. Paul told Timothy to take what he had learned and teach reliable men who would keep passing the truth on. We’re all called to multiply the movement of the gospel through our world. In Matthew 4:19, Jesus said to Peter and Andrew “Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.” By clinging to Jesus and His words, He promised to mature them and that they in turn would fish for more followers.
We often use the term relational discipleship, by which we mean spiritual growth occurring in the context of relationships, often through home groups. This is marked by one disciple maker or leader (or couple) intentionally making disciples of others. This does not happen only through church programs, but often home group relationships or men's and women's studies are the launching pad for relational discipleship.
In our Sunday worship gatherings and in relational discipleship environments, you'll see come core values emerge in the look and feel around here. Those are:
Good news is always celebrated. It changes everything for the better. Knowing the depth of our sinfulness and the depth of what Jesus did for us in paying for our sins produces joy. We celebrate the gospel. We don’t just gather for church and we don’t just read the Bible out of obligation. Although faith isn’t just formed by feelings, something is inherently wrong if we approach the Lord with a have-to mentality. Disciples of Jesus celebrate.
Jesus accepts us just as we are and gives us the power to change. He has called His Church to do the same thing for one another. All of us need each other for encouragement and motivation to grow to be more like Jesus. Christianity isn’t lived out alone. Arrowhead is a safe place to not be ok. We accept one another regardless of our past.
Jesus lived with His eyes wide open. He saw the need in the world that He came with purpose to meet. His mission was to seek and save the lost, and that can’t be done on accident. We’re all prone to turn inward to our own failure, discouragement, or even our own victories, to the neglect of the mission God has put right in front of us. We serve in the church because it’s not all about us. We give of our resources in obedience to the Lord. And, we go to work or school each day to love those around us.