Summary: A 5-part series casting vision and clarity about the purpose of our church.

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MARK 4:3-10, 13-20


A minister friend of mine tells this true story of his next door neighbors who had wanted a baby for the longest time. For 6 years this couple prayed that God would bless them with a child. Finally they concluded that wasn’t going to happen, so they adopted a baby boy. You can guess what happen next. 6 months after the adoption, the already new mother, discovered she was pregnant. 9 months later gave birth to, triplets! Isn’t God great? I mean, here were people who thought they could never have children and now they have 4 of them under the age of 15 months. Does God answer prayer? I think it’s great.. that’s it’s them! I mean it’s a joy to have babies- but can you imagine? 4 babies in diapers, sleepless nights.. All four of them cutting teeth at the same time? Think of bringing them all to church. Imagine a mother coming in & unloading 4 infants! How many children’s workers would run for cover? Everyone feels for those parents- what a blessing.. what a responsibility!

The analogy for the Church is obvious. Our purpose as a church is to “make and mature disciples for Christ to the glory of God.” As we discussed last week, we do that first by reaching out to the lost. We are to reproduce Christians, and we all like to be a part of a growing, dynamic Church. But that gives us a tremendous responsibility too. New-born Christians, new members and all of our church family need nurtured, fed, instructed, loved and shepherded. Who’s going to do that? How are we going to discipline, counsel and mature all that come into this part of Christ’s body?

The NT Church struggled with that issue too. The early church was very evangelistic. In Acts 2 it says that the F.C.C. started with 3,000 members. Acts 4 says that 5000 were added, and that only counted the men. And we keep on reading that more and more kept on being added to their number. But that early Church also produced an environment where they could grow to maturity. Jesus had commanded them, to go into all the world and produce disciples, followers of Jesus. After they became followers, or disciples they were to be baptized and then continue to be taught everything that Christ had commanded. So, in Acts 2:42 we read that the early Church continued in the Apostles doctrine, in fellowship, in the breaking of bread and in prayer. You see, the Church did not just specialize in obstetrics but the Church was a pediatric center where the new Christian’s could grow to maturity.

M.C.C. exists not only to reach the lost but also to teach the saved. We rejoice that we’ve had 165 new people added to our Body in the last 21 months. What a blessing, but what a responsibility! As your leaders we feel a definite duty to help you grow to maturity. And all the members of this fellowship share a responsibility to be growing disciples of Jesus. So, let’s discuss today what we can do together to help develop that maturity in Christ Jesus. Jesus’ said that the good soil will be the king that hears, accepts and produces a crop. Paul’s wrote in Eph. 4: "We no longer will be infants... but we will in All things, grow up into him who is the head, that is Christ."

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