One Word: JESUS!
Acts 4:12 ESV
“And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.”
Last week, Pastor Tim preached on the 3rd of our 3E Values, “Expand.” You’ll continue to hear those values spoken about frequently as we continue our Live the Journey campaign. Experience, Empower, and Expand. These are helpful values for us as the Church to help guide our mission, which is ultimately to bring Jesus to the world. We help others experience the love of Jesus. We empower others in their discipleship walk with Jesus, and we work to expand God’s kingdom through the power of the Holy Spirit.
These values are printed on our bulletins, displayed on our website, and preached about from our pulpit. They go hand in hand with our leadership 3D values - Discover, Develop, and Deploy, aimed at sending workers into God’s harvest.
Would it surprise you to know we have 10 core leadership values that guide anyone that works on Christ’s Greenfield staff? Or that right now we are one church in two places, 425 S Greenfield and La Mesa Ministries in Mesa? And soon to be one church in three places (see Pastor Jake about our Eastmark plant)?
It can be easy to get caught up in the numbers and values and statements. That, to me, has always been one of the great things about Christianity, that there is no set of numbers to which we are bound. Buddhism has 4 Noble Truths and 5 Moral Precepts that must be adhered too. Islam has the 5 Pillars that must be followed. Judaism has the 10 Commandments (plus hundreds and thousands more) that must be obeyed. The list goes on and on. In Christianity, the only number that we need to know is one.
We have one Lord, one faith, one baptism (Eph. 4:5). We have one Jesus who is Lord of all, one Jesus in whom we have faith, and one Jesus in whose name we are baptized into. That is it. There is no more. Jesus, our one and only, invites us to walk with Him, to follow Him. We walk with Him because He first walked for us the way of suffering and the cross.
The one reason Christ’s Greenfield Lutheran Church, the Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod, and the entire greater Christian church exist is Jesus. “There is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.” Jesus did it all for us. He is our all, our everything.
Because of that, we invite you to join us in our mission, as the church of God to help us build up the body of Christ and reach the lost that don’t yet know Him. Be a part of helping others experience the love of Jesus. Be a part of empowering others in their discipleship walk. Be a part of expanding God’s kingdom, just as we pray every week in the Lord’s Prayer, “thy kingdom come.” Join us as we Live the 3E Journey, to be about the work of our one Lord, Jesus the Christ.