On Tuesday, 6 October, a small group appointed by the session will begin discussing plans for Beecroft Presbyterian Church in 2016. Pray for us!
How do we begin such a planning process? By being clear on our goals. All our ministries and outreaches needs to be focused on biblical goals.
So, what are some of the goals that we need to keep mind?
Let me suggest some overlapping biblical big-vision goals:
- The greatest commandments (Matthew 22:34-40):
a) Love God (with all the heart, soul, mind, and strength) and
b) Love your neighbour (as we love ourselves).
- The Great Commission: make disciples of all nations (Matthew 28:16-20)
- Jesus new commandment, that his disciples love one another (John 13:35).
a) Worship God in Spirit and Truth (Trinitarian worship: to the Father, through the Son, and in the Holy Spirit) (John 4:23-24)
b) The offering of our entire lives as thanks for God’s mercies, not being conformed to this world, but being transformed by the renewal of our minds to know God’s will and do it. (Romans 12:1-2)
- Growth in the three theological virtues as a summary of Christian maturity: faith (in God’s revelation in Christ), hope (trusting God for the future, not despairing, holding a biblical view of last things), and love (a will set on loving God and loving our neighbour)
- Jesus’ new commandment that we love one another (John 13:34-35). This involves the minister and elders doing pastoral care (John 21:15-19, John 10:11-18).
- Need to train Christian workers (2 Timothy 2:2): elders, Sunday School teachers, youth workers, school Scripture teachers, and others.
So, please think of these biblical goals and then think of our programs. How can we do the will of God as a congregation? How can we fulfil his global purposes through following his agenda here in North Sydney? How can these goals shape every aspect of our program and life together in 2016?
With love and eagerness for our congregation’s future in Christ,