I have been thinking and rethinking the purpose and trajectory of my ministry lately. It’s good to fine-tune your purpose/mission statements, etc., from time to time and that’s what I’ve been doing. In my case I’ve had to make sure that I’m grounding my own ministry in the sure foundation of clear biblical truths. Here’s what I’ve been chewing on during this latest brainstorming (or, light drizzle, as the case may be)…
The goal of my blog is to provide an online version of my ministry, which is…
To help men (but not only men) become all that God has created, redeemed, and called them to be in every sphere of their lives.
This purpose or ministry statement is built on my belief that there are implications to the fact that God has done just that… created us, redeemed us, and called (and continues to call) us. However, the truth is, we often don’t know what those implications are or what they should look like in our lives. My own calling from God is to help others discover what that threefold work of God means in their lives.
1.) God has created us. Therefore…
- We are created in God’s image.
- Though sinful, fallen, and broken, we have dignity.
- We have an ultimate purpose in the here and now (to glorify the God who created us).
- We have meaning and significance because we aren’t the results of some random accident of the universe.
2.) God has redeemed us. Therefore…
- We can know that we are loved by God (however, we must respond in trusting dependence to God’s loving initiative in Christ).
- We are new creatures in Christ, redeemed to know God as well as to grow in the grace and knowledge of God.
- We are commanded to become more like Christ by loving, trusting, following, and obeying him.
- We have the universal purpose of all who follow Christ to bear witness to Christ in this world through evangelism of those who don’t know Christ, edification of those who do know and follow Christ, and engagement with the world on behalf of God’s Kingdom.
- We can have confidence that our identity is in the Word (made flesh and revealed in and through holy Scripture) and not the world around us.
- We have a new family with whom we can grow, love, minister and worship.
3.) God has called us. Therefore…
- We can know that we have a unique purpose to which God has called us and are thus encouraged to pursue it with humility, focus, confidence and passion.
- Our work matters to God.
- Our relationships matter to God.
- It matters, if we are called to be married, how we think, speak, and live as husbands and wives.
- It matters, if we are called to be parents, how we think, speak, and live as mothers and fathers.
- We have particular gifts for ministry to discover, cultivate, and use in service to God and others.
I realize I have only touched the tip of the iceberg with these remarks. As I learn and grow I will certainly edit what I have written. But, for now, these thoughts help me with my own calling as a follower of Christ as well as what my ministry might focus on in service to those God has entrusted to my care. I pray that I will never cease to learn and grow with either one.
Grace and Truth,