To Know Christ and to Make Him Known
by Pastor David Wulkan
This two part vision statement describes what we believe the Christian life is all about. It describes the journey we are on as disciples of Jesus Christ, one that continues throughout our whole lives. As individuals and as a community we want to encounter the living God each day in new and deep ways. In our public worship, in our small groups and in our homes we desire to submit our lives to Jesus and to be obedient to his commands knowing that through the Holy Spirit we are in an eternal relationship with the living God: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
So what does it mean to know Christ? First, it means to call him Lord and Saviour knowing that apart from him there is no salvation (John 14.6). We believe that Jesus was sent into the world to save us from sin, death and the evil one and to save us for a relationship with the Father. Second, it means to be in a daily relationship with Jesus. He calls us his disciples (Matthew 28.19) and his friends (John 15.15). As disciples we are to learn and be obedient to his teaching. This is why the Bible is central to our worship; it is God’s gracious gift to us to show us how to live a life that pleases him. As Jesus’ friends, we are called to know him (Psalm 46.10), be comforted by him (Matthew 11.28-30) and to obey this command: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind [and] love your neighbour as yourself (Matthew 22.37, 39).
This leads us to the second question: What does it means to make Christ known? The answer again encompasses our whole lives. We make Christ known first in the way that we treat one another. We strive in our congregation to love each other as Christ has loved us. And we are able to do this because “God first loved us” (1 John 4.19). At the same time, we take this love into the world so that we fulfill the Great Commission found in Matthew 28.19-20: “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” So we are to take the good news of Jesus, his salvation and his way of living, into the world. And we do this through our everyday interactions with the community and through intentional acts of compassion, service and proclamation. We have the confidence to do this because we are empowered and guided by the Holy Spirit, whom we trust will bless and multiply our efforts. And our hope is this, that one day God’s kingdom will come (Luke 11.2) and that “at the name of Jesus every knee should bow… and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord to the glory of God the Father” (Philippians 2.10-11).
We invite you to join us on this amazing journey of being disciples and friends of Jesus.