Based on our purpose, in January 2011, we began a new, three-year journey called Live B.I.G.:
We’ll build on our foundation of developing dedicated disciples by diving deeper into discipleship with Jesus. (That’s a lot of D’s, but it’s true!) It’s based on a prayer of David as he faced a dangerous time in his life. We, too, live in a dangerous time – one threatened by apathy and ineffective witness in the church, as we increasingly become influenced by our culture rather than being influencers of others!
Our Theme Verse is Psalm 5:11-12: “But let all who take refuge in you be glad; let them ever sing for joy. Spread your protection over them, that those who love your name may rejoice in you. For surely, O LORD, you bless the righteous; you surround them with your favor as with a shield.”
In order to Live BIG, we must take refuge in the Lord. Our source of joy is Him, even though the future is uncertain, by knowing and trusting In Him. The Lord protects and blesses those who are righteous, surrounding them with favor, just like a shield keeps out the arrows of the enemy. The underlined words here are the foundation for this Living BIG journey!
In 2011, we will understand what it means to Live By Blessing. We’ll focus on the blessing God gives us, and how we respond by blessing Him and others through all of our core values, but specifically in Worship and Prayer.
In 2012, we’ll discover that being righteous means that we Live With Integrity. We’ll examine the best model of integrity found in Scripture – how Jesus lived! We will then apply that model and live with integrity before God as we Study His Word. Then, we’ll live with integrity before others as we Fellowship together.
In 2013, we’re going to Live BIG as we Live in Grace, another word for His favor. We’ll thank Him by extending grace to others with our Service. Then, we’ll proclaim the grace of God to others by sharing the Good News of Jesus in our Outreach –communicating the grace of God in ways our friends will understand.