What are Focuses?
As a church we desire to be like Paul when he said in Acts 20:27 that he “did not shrink from declaring to you the whole counsel of God.” We will teach all of Scripture because we need all of Scripture. We also understand that we only have so much times in our schedules and capacity in our thoughts to emphasize that counsel. We’ve narrowed down four areas where we believe Provision Church needs to spend more of our time. These areas are primarily based on our context in the community God has placed us and the passions of our congregation and elders.
Just to restate, pulling out four biblical principles as matters to focus on does not mean we think other biblical principles are less important or that they don’t deserve attention. We are simply positioning ourselves to spend the most time on things that will make us better disciple-makers in the community where God placed us.
Community – Living life together. (Hebrews 10:24-25)
God designed us for community. He made Christian community for the purpose of His glory both now and forever! Biblical community requires commitment to each other during the good and bad. It requires accountability, encouragement, and an openness to new members.
Hospitality – Using our homes for Gospel ministry. (1 Peter 4:9)
The Gospel thrives in hospitable homes. Biblical community thrives in a culture of hospitality. Hospitality is wildly important to sharing the Gospel with non-Christians and for building up fellow believers. We should be hospitable knowing we’re giving comfort to eternal creatures in need of love and restoration!
Family Ministry – Recognizing family as the “first church.” (Deuteronomy 6:1-9)
The job of a family is to train children to someday be our co-heirs with Christ. Ephesians 6 doesn’t instruct fathers to put food on the table or a roof over the head, Paul says bring them up “in the discipline and instruction of the Lord!” The deepest, longest lasting, most real, discipleship happens within the walls of our homes. Looking at the hours spent in church and at home, there is no question that for kids and students, strong spiritual leadership in the home is far more important than a strong spiritual leader in the church.
Living Sent – Leveraging every moment of our lives for the Gospel. (Matthew 28:18-20)
Jesus says “go therefore”. Almost as if to say that maybe a sanctuary isn’t the place that most salvations should happen. Maybe most people should be coming to Christ in the places where they work and play and gather. Almost as if the church should go to the lost instead of demanding that the lost come to us. Each of us is a missionary in the places God has providentially placed us. We are all sent into our homes and jobs and hobbies to make disciples.
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