This is the final part of our four part series on our vision as a church. What is God calling our church to be? What is God calling those of you who call LOFT City your home church to be? We believe that God is calling us to be a community that is “Living Our Faith Together.” At first glance that seems quite simple, but as we been unpacking each of these words, it’s actually a God-sized vision and we will need the help of God’s Spirit to accomplish.
As we been fleshing out this vision, I pray you been seeing that we aren’t simply interested in having people simply fill our pews, but we are calling for a radical transformation as disciples of Jesus. If you haven’t read the previous posts, you can check them out here: Part 1 (Living), Part 2 (Our), Part 3 (Faith). In this final post, we look at that final word, “Together.”
The dictionary defines “together” as “In harmony and accord. In contact with one another.”
At LOFT City, it is our firm belief that you are called to live in a sense of community. The early church did everything together. The church is more than just people that worship God together, but because of the finished work of Christ, we have been adopted as sons and daughters of God, Christ has become our elder brother, and we are surrounded by family members. It is God’s desire that as a family, we would be willing to give of our lives for each other.
It means relationships. We get this from God. When He created humanity, he designed us for relationship – with Him and one another. It is in the fabric of our being. That is why God calls us to essentially love Him and people. Our challenge is to love like God loved us. The church was never meant to be a bunch of people who sit in chairs, put on masks, and go through the motions. Instead, we are called to be a family where no one stands alone. Because relationships are so important, we seek less “churchy” activities and more friendships with people despite where they are on their spiritual journey.
It means we share. We will seek to share our time, talent, and treasure with others. Generosity will flow out of the grace God gave us. We are to be rich in good works, to be generous and ready to share. We will be an authentic community who takes on one another’s burdens with a battle cry that “no one stands alone.” This is pleasing to God and a fingerprint of a true disciple.
It means we are transparent. A community that holds each other accountable, encourages each other, and forgives one another. A community that is not isolated and grows stronger when they see authenticity and transparency. A place where we can be honest, without fear of rejection.
It means accountability. We will hold each other accountable in living lives for God’s glory. We will not be satisfied with mediocre faith, but will encourage each other to pursue God in complete surrender.
Together is a hard word. It means being in situations that might sometimes be uncomfortable. It means giving of your time, energy and finances because of your love for the church family. It means that we serve together and share the burden together because that is what families do. You find places in and outside of the church where you can serve.
I truly believe that as we continue to strive to be a community and individuals that are living our faith together many things will happen. God will be glorified, we will be united and maturing, and our city will notice.
Living Our Faith Together. I’m grateful that I get to live out this vision with each of you week in and week out.