Have you ever watched any of the Star Trek television shows?
I can almost recite from memory the opening words of Star Trek: The Next Generation: “Space: the final frontier. These are the voyages of the starship Enterprise. Its continuing mission: to explore strange new worlds. To seek out new life and new civilizations. To boldly go where no one has gone before!”
If you’re a “Trekkie”, you certainly are familiar with what Captain Jean-Luc Picard would say when he gave instruction for the crew to hurtle off on a new adventure. He’d confidently declare: “Engage!”
The church is called to a continuing mission. The church is called to explore, to seek out new life, to boldly go where no one has gone before in sharing the love of Jesus.
What are some specific steps for people to “Engage!” in the adventure of faith?
1. Follow Jesus
Become a Christian. Trust your life to Jesus. No matter who you are or what you’ve done, Jesus is the way for you to have a relationship with God. Everybody’s invited. You may think you’re an exception, but you’re not. Jesus loves you. Yes . . . you.
2. Join the Mission
Serve with a Journey Team and use your God-given gifts in ministry. By volunteering you’ll grow, and you’ll discover that you actually can make a Jesus-like difference in people’s lives.
3. Choose Community
God designed you for community. God does not intend for anyone to travel the journey of faith alone. Experience meaningful friendships in a Journey Group in which you’ll be encouraged to live out the truths you discover in the Bible, as you encourage others to do the same. Life is better connected!
4. Give Generously
Giving financially is a sign that your heart truly belongs to Jesus. Increasing generosity shows that you are developing into a more fully devoted follower of Christ. Through your giving you genuinely transform lives in our community and around the world.
5. Invite a Friend
Share the love of Jesus with others. Invite people to join with you in worship, in serving, in community. It’s too good to keep it to yourself!
I remember the words spoken again and again by Captain Jean-Luc Picard. He’d proclaim: “Make it so”. When it comes to engaging in the life of Journey Church, will you embrace these five steps of faith? Will you “Make it so”?