Thursday, April 12, 2007

The ABC's of Simple Christianity

Dear Welcome Visitor,

Thank you for stopping by. This blog has been set up for members and visitors alike to share and discuss all things pertaining to the advancement of God's Kingdom. I plan to include articles, bible studies, bible trivia, Q & A, and just about anything that will serve the needs of Christians as well as those considering their own walk with the Lord.

You are encouraged to participate with your thoughts, questions and other offerings. It is yet another way for us to build a community of believers through fellowship and communication.

We at the O’Fallon Church of Christ believe that, “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness,” 2 Timothy 3:16. It is from scripture that we derive our congregation’s vision and guide for all that we do personally and corporately:

"At the O’Fallon Church of Christ, our first priority and privilege is adoring God with all our hearts, souls and minds. Through His power we are building up the saints to spiritually mature in our own relationship with Him and each other, preparing ourselves to reach out to our community and the world with the goal of creating disciples for Jesus Christ through the sharing of the gospel of his love for all mankind."

We call this “The ABC’s of Simple Christianity.” Our vision springs forth from three basic components that we feel represent the totality of our responsibility to God and to each other.

Adoring God
Matthew 22:37-40 reveals to us that the greatest command we as Christians have is to love God with everything we have and everything we are. A close companion and even component of this command is that we love one another. 1 John 4:20 tells us that loving God is impossible without loving each other.

Building Up The Saints
1 Thessalonians 5:9-11 teaches us that God has provided salvation for those who accept it. This is only possible due to the most miraculous gift any of us can ever receive: the death, burial and resurrection of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. It is with this knowledge, understanding and belief that we are to edify or build each other up.

Creating Disciples
Matthew 28:19 imparts to us some of the last words Jesus spoke before his ascension to the right hand of the Father. He instructed his eleven disciples to go to all nations and make disciples. We often refer to this as “The Great Commission” and count it among our most important duties as Christians.

The purpose for all things we do is to bring glory and honor, not to ourselves but to God. We hope, trust and pray that you will share in our vision and join us in our mission.

May the great God of Heaven grant you every spiritual blessing.

Yours in Christ,

Lee E. Lewis, Jr.

Pulpit Minister

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