Every Sunday morning my church family begins worship with three statements of faith. We join in reciting our mission and vision statements, and the creed of the early church known as the Apostles Creed. The Creed is the words of the ancients expressing who God is and what it means to be the church. We say I believe in the communion of the saints. It’s a great reminder that we are bound together not by time or space, but in our unity in God. We share in the mission statement of the United Methodist Church, that we are here “to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.” It’s a great reminder that our focus is not on ourselves but on Jesus Christ and on living and helping others live as followers of Jesus. Then we say that our vision, Greggton’s vision- is that more and more people are living in and sharing the LIGHT of Christ. Those words remind us that reaching as many people as possible is our passion.
Making disciples means that we are helping each other grow, but it also means that we are connecting to new people. It is why we value the folks that have been a part of our church family for a long time and people in new places equally. The early church learned the art of ‘both’. It wasn’t an either-or world. If the church had settled in, none of us would be here today. There would be no Greggton if the earlier followers had not stepped outside themselves to help new people in new places come to know Christ. It is the same with us today. Our mission in places like the Dinner Church and Trinity is essential as we live out our vision to help more and more people come to live in and share the LIGHT of Christ. Jesus said, “Go, make of all disciples.” We can only be the disciples God has called us to be when we said yes to Jesus ‘Go.’
I am as grateful that we take that ‘Go’ seriously. I am grateful that you are blessing lives in many places to the glory of God.
With Hope and Joy in Christ,
Ricky Ricks, Pastor