“Vision and Expectation for Church Disciples/Members” – An Invite from Pastor Kent…

How do these disciplines and practices help us prepare for Christ coming into our lives and into the world? How does practicing our faith help us to be aware of Christ’s presence in the lives of our neighbors? How does living by faith every day help Christ come into the lives of other people through us?

I invite you to read through these statements and share your thoughts on these questions. Please email me at pastor.kent@christusvictor.org or post your thoughts on our CV Facebook page under the heading “Vision and Expectations.” I’d like to get us all talking about what does it mean to be disciples of Jesus Christ, together in this place.

OUR VALUES ~ what we believe

  • The Bible is the inspired Word of God for our faith and life.
  • The Sacraments of Baptism and Holy Communion are the means of God’s grace for us, instituted by Christ’s command and promise.
  • We are Lutheran in our theology and practice:
  • We are made right with God (justified) by grace (the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ) received by faith in Christ.
  • We are saints and sinners at the same time.
  • Grace alone. Word alone. Faith alone.
    • We are called to:
      • Love God with all that we are and all that we have.
        • Follow Jesus as our Lord, Savior, and Friend.
      • Love our neighbors as Christ loved us.
        • Live with integrity according to biblical principles
        • Reach outside our four walls, living out Christ’s love in welcome, compassion, and service to all people
        • Practice biblical hospitality, meeting the real life needs of others
        • Grow in faith and encourage each other in living lives of faith
        • Use our God given gifts as participants in the ministry of the church
        • Carefully use personal and congregational resources entrusted to the church
      • Success is people growing in faith, doing ministry, teamwork with accountability, leaders who develop other leaders, and faithfulness to our mission.

OUR MISSION ~ what we do

  • SERVING CHRIST and COMMUNITY with FAITH, LOVE, and OPEN ARMS.

OUR VISION ~ what we are becoming

  • We are people working toward putting Christ first in our life.

VISION AND EXPECTATION FOR CHURCH DISCIPLES/MEMBERS

Through these practices, disciplines, habits, and ways of life, we will grow in our faith, love, trust, and obedience to God and love of our neighbors.

  • Regular worship – to receive the Word and Sacraments
  • An active prayer life
  • Regular learning of scripture and faith practices in an active pursuit of a life of Christian discipleship
  • Regular service to the community – through the church and other organizations
  • Regular service in the church – Joyful Servants, Committees, and Ministries
  • Sharing our faith through word and deed, to make disciples

Commitment to “first fruits” and proportionate giving, starting where we are at and growing to give 10% and beyond.

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