Summary: If our lives are going to count for God, we need to live with our eyes on the prize.
God has a plan for our lives. We all have a “race marked out for us” (Hebrews 12:1). We are called to “Get In The Game.” But how can I make sure I am running the race that God has marked out for me? George W. Truett defined true success as “Knowing God’s will and being in the center of it.” That’s what I want us to deal with over the next few Sundays, as we enter this new year.
First, the Bible says God’s will is for all to come to know Him in personal relationship. “(God) desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.” - 1 Timothy 2:4 (NASB)
So if I am going to “Get In The Game” and walk in God’s will for my life, I need to be sure I’ve entered into a personal relationship with Him through trusting Christ as my Savior and Lord.
Second, the Bible says God’s will is for all to come to know Him in personal relationship. Once I’ve been saved, I can’t be satisfied with just my knowing Christ. I must seek to make Him known to others. “(God) wants not only us but everyone saved, you know, everyone to get to know the truth we’ve learned.” - 1 Timothy 2:4 (The Message)
This is why our church has adopted as our mission statement: “To know Christ and make Him known.” God calls His children to give our lives to the spread of the Good News, so that as many others as possible might come to know Christ as their Savior. This is why everything we do at FBC is designed to equip and empower us to better know Christ and make Him known.
We know Christ better through worship, fellowship and discipleship. We make Christ known through ministry and evangelism. That is why the activities of our church are designed around these five purposes: worship, fellowship, discipleship, ministry and evangelism. We want to lead people through Five Circles of Involvement that correspond to these five purposes. The first three correspond to better knowing Christ. These involvements can enable you to be a growing Christian.
1. From the city to the celebration circle through involvement in a Sunday worship service. Primary focus: seeking God’s face together. This promotes growth in worship.
2. From the celebration circle to the community circle through involvement in a Sunday morning Bible Fellowship. The primary focus: studying God’s Word together. This promotes growth in fellowship, which is always centered around God’s truth (Acts 2:42; 1 John 1:3; 7).
3. From the community circle to the commitment circle through involvement in a Growth Group. The primary focus: sharing God’s life together. This promotes growth in discipleship.
The last two Circles of Involvement correspond to making Christ known. These involvements can enable you to be a glowing Christian.
4. From the commitment circle to the communion circle of the church.
“ In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy because of your partnership (Greek – “koinonia” - “fellowship” or “communion”) in the gospel from the first day until now.” – Philippians 1:4-5 (NIV)