Living in Love and Service to Christ
Becoming men and women of prayer, the Word, and personal worship.
This is certainly the most crucial of all the four. It is our vertical relationship. We cannot live fruitful lives in the other three areas without our Lord. The Christian walk was not intended for us to journey in the flesh. Christ must live His life in and through us!
We must truly aim for this essential foundation on a daily basis. When we arise each morning, we need to have this objective written on our hearts. To become a man or woman of prayer, the Word and personal worship is imperative. These spiritual disciplines lead and allow us to have a marvelous relationship with God and they are to be practiced continually. Before we can disciple other in their relational walk with God, we must first be faithful in ours.
If we violate this foundation, the rest of what we do will simply be religious activity. We need to become absolutely grounded in our love and intimacy with the Lord. Then, we have the privilege of discipling others as to how they too can achieve this special intimacy with Him.
Living in Love and Service in the Home
Placing our homes, singleness, marriages, children and finances in biblical order.
As we live in relationship with God, the first people who should be experiencing our closeness with the Lord are those who live with us. Our vertical relationship with Him should positively affect every horizontal relationship on earth, beginning with our families. We are to put our homes, singleness, marriages, children, and finances in order, so that love, acceptance, and peace are being experienced by others through us. Many of us are so challenged in our homes, with our singleness, with our marriages, raising our children, dealing with money, materialism, entertainment, and other activities of life that there is nothing left in us to love and serve the church and the world.
If we are living under the control of the Holy Spirit in love and service within our homes, we will be positioned well to serve the church and disciple others in these areas.
Living in Love and Service to the Church
Loving the Bride of Christ and being united in purpose. Ministering to the poor, the persecuted and those in need.
When we become faithful in living out the first two foundations, it positions us to function and to love and serve without being two-faced. Now we are able to operate as role models and disciplers, fulfilling our purpose together to serve in a manner that would bring honor and glory to His name – to love and serve the poor, the persecuted and the Church for whom Jesus died.
Living in Love and Service to the World
Loving and pursuing the lost. Evangelizing and discipling. Giving a clear, authentic witness for Christ and His salvation.
Scripture teaches us that we are not of the world, but we live in the world. We are all here for a divine purpose and that is to evangelize our neighbors and the nations to come to Christ – not only to know Him but also to make Him known.