We are going to connect the disconnected and grow together toward full maturity in Jesus Christ.
Connect: to God and the Church
Luke 19:10 tells us “For the son of Man came to seek and to save what was lost.” Jesus came to save the lost. Connecting the disconnected is just a restatement of Jesus’ mission. The Bible says that everyone has sinned (Romans 3:23) and that the wages of sin is death (Romans 6:23). Isaiah 59:2 reveals that our “iniquities have separated you from your God; your sins have hidden his face from you, so that he will not hear.” In other words, sin separates and disconnects people from God. We desire to connect people to Jesus so they can experience His forgiveness and life for He is the only Way to God (John 14:6).
To the Church.
It is impossible to live the Christian life apart from the church. The church is the body of Christ, of which He is the head. Ephesians 1:22-23 says, “And God placed all things under his feet and appointed him to be head over everything for the church, which is his body, the fullness of him who fills everything in every way.” The body of Christ is made up of all believers in Jesus Christ from the day of Pentecost (Acts chapter 2) until Christ’s return.
There is the universal church – all persons who have made Jesus their Lord and Savior. There is the local church - where the members of the universal church can fully apply the “body” principles of 1 Corinthians chapter 12: encouraging, teaching, and building one another up in the knowledge and grace of the Lord Jesus Christ.
The writer in Hebrews 10:24-25 encourages Christians saying “And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, 25 not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.”
“Connecting the disconnected” is the driving force behind everything that we do. This is not only what Jesus came to do, but it’s also the marching orders He gave His followers before He ascended into Heaven. In Matthew 28:18-20 Jesus declared, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 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, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
Grow: as Disciples
Christians never stop growing as we are constantly being transformed into Jesus’ likeness (2 Corinthians 3:18). This transformation is the result of discipleship. A disciple is one who learns from Christ, lives in Christ, and leads others to Christ. Colossians 2:6-7 says, “So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him, 7 rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.” The result of a disciple is that they will look like their teacher (Luke 6:40). We desire to grow in our relationship with Jesus and to become more like Him. This doesn’t happen overnight, it is the result of a process.
Full Maturity: in how we live
As Disciples of Jesus Christ we have a work to do. This work isn’t out of obligation or have -to, it’s out of an excitement to live our lives just as Jesus lived His life. The life that Jesus lived was absolutely perfect. Now, we won’t ever be perfect in this life, but we can strive for perfection. Our pursuit of perfection in our daily living is a mark of maturity. This doesn’t mean that we won’t have good days and bad days, it simply means that we strive to live our lives doing the things of Christ. Paul wrote in Colossians 1:28-29, that taught the things he did and lived the way he did so that “so that we may present everyone fully mature in Christ. 29 To this end I strenuously contend with all the energy Christ so powerfully works in me.”