By God’s grace, Olivet Baptist Church will focus on being and doing what matters to Jesus Christ by focusing on:
- Personal Renewal
- Powerful Prayer
- Purposeful Evangelism
- Persevering Discipleship
- Pervading Love
How does this relate to you?
1. Personal Renewal – in our individual relationships with God.
This is the act of evaluating our lives and renovating our hearts when change is needed to better follow the Saviour. “Renewed” people have clear, unobstructed relationships with Jesus Christ where sin is dealt with and Christ is on the throne of the believer’s life. This “rightness” in our relationship with God leads us to be true worshippers of God. Activities that promote renewal can include getting involved in a Bible Study or small group, reading a book of the Bible and meditating on its truths, challenging yourself to read the Bible in a year, updating your prayer list and any other activities that bring you closer to knowing God.
2. Powerful Prayer – getting beyond a prayer life that has plateaued in order to experience new heights in our prayer lives personally and corporately.
Prayer is the lifeline that connects us to Almighty God. God speaks to us through His Word (The Bible), in the little suggestions in our hearts, and sometimes in more direct and dramatic ways. The way we connect to God is through prayer. Jesus spent hours in prayer each day before he went about His day. If we develop stronger prayer lives and prayer ministries, we will experience God in a more personal and intimate way.
3. Purposeful Evangelism – intentionally introducing others to the joys of having a relationship with Jesus Christ.
We want to be an outward-looking church, desiring and equipped to share our faith in Jesus Christ with the needy world around us. As Jesus commanded His 12 disciples “Go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the Name of the Father, of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them everything I have commanded you. And surely, I am with you always.” (Matthew 28: 19-20), so we are commanded to share in the good news of God’s redeeming love for us. We will use various methods to: (a) help people build their own personal testimonies of how a relationship with Jesus Christ has changed their lives; and (b) help people know how to confidently and naturally share the Gospel with another person.
4. Persevering Discipleship – learning to follow hard after Jesus Christ with our whole heart, mind, soul, and body.
Discipleship is all about following Jesus and becoming more and more like Him. We do this by getting to know Him better, and by serving others. Discipleship should be an ongoing, lifelong process for the believer as we work out what it really means to follow Christ’s lead in every area of life.
5. Pervading Love – wrapping it all up in an atmosphere of love, where people can feel special whether they are visitors, longtime members, or anyone in between.
We want to purposefully increase the atmosphere of mutual love, fellowship and sense of welcome in our congregation until every attendee can both give and receive this love that has its basis in Jesus Christ. God’s greatest commandments are to “love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength. And love your neighbour as yourself.” (Mark 12: 30-31) As believers in Christ, we are all children of God and therefore, all part of the same family. To show God’s love, we show love to others in small and big ways by the things we say and do.