In one of the very first pieces of Christian literature known to exist, written to one of the first Christian churches, we find what today the corporate world would call the mission, vision, and values statement. This church was being “remembered” for its:
“…work of faith and labor of love and steadfastness of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ.”
Some English translations put commas in between these three ‘elements’ suggesting separation between them. The Greek text however uses a word which deliberately joins everything together.
There is no separation…nor is one done at the expense of the other…nor is there a sense of one of these leading to another…or that one of them builds upon the other layer upon layer…
…nope - just a big “here you go one size fits all” guide for any Christian community.
How each Christian community fills in the details is up to them.
I think that too often today when people see the Christian Church, at least as it’s portrayed by various forms of media, all they see is one or two groups insisting they alone hold the “franchise rights” to Christianity.
This earliest call though reminds us ministry is like a 3 legged stool where all three of these ‘legs’ are needed in equal measure to support a properly balanced ministry.
Come try us on for size. We’d like you to help us fill in the details. We gather Sundays at 10AM.
Together We Serve,Pastor Mike