statement of Epworth Church of Matthews is “on a mission
to bring the good news of God’s love to everyone!”
what does this mean? We’re
“on a mission” means we’ve accepted Christ’s mandate to
his disciples when he left the world—we are still his
to do this we, church members, must have a right relationship
with God by accepting his gift of salvation which came by
Christ’s death on the cross.
must also allow God to change us from our sinful, human nature
to follow the example of Christ.
We cooperate with him to make this happen by 1) personal
Bible study and prayer, 2) being personally accountable to God
and perhaps a small support accountability group, 3) growing in
our own relationship to Christ and building relationships with
others, 4) building a strong family, 5) becoming good stewards
of our time, talents, and finances, 6) being aware of needs of
people in our community, nation and world, i.e., financial,
physical, emotional needs, natural disasters, etc., and
exploring ways to help. This
awareness will come about by becoming a good listener.
have ourselves in right relationship to God, then we’re ready
to help others. We
have the Good News and have a responsibility to share it with
aren’t likely to come flocking through our church doors, so we
have to go to them - to meet them where they are.
“Good News of God’s love” is John 3:16.
God so loved the WORLD and anyone can come to him in
“bring. . .to everyone” means bringing that “good news”
to those within the church, the community, in our nation and in
the world. We can
do this by praying for and supporting missionaries financially,
supporting our military personnel, volunteering to “go and
do” ourselves, sending missionaries from our church, and
inviting speakers to inform us of these needs, etc.