Our summer series is in full swing at the church where I worship and we’ve had some great speakers so far. Most recently, Allen Eldridge, pulpit minister and evangelist from Regency church of Christ in Mobile, Alabama came to speak to us on the last supper. He opened up his class with a really appropriate acrostic that his church uses to help remember the mission of the church. Following are some notes I took during that lesson.
- C: Christ- The message of every congregation of the Lord’s church should be centered around Christ. He is the reason for the hope that we have (Galatians 5:5). He is the center of our remembrance and thoughts during communion each Sunday. He is our sacrifice, our redeemer, our Savior.
- R: Relationships- The “church” is not the building where you worship but instead is made up of the people who belong to Christ. We are brought together from different walks of life to share in the saving grace of Jesus (Ephesians 2:5-8), to worship God communally (Matthew 18:20), and to encourage one another as we anxiously await our adoption as children of God (Romans 8:23). We absolutely need theses relationships with other Christians.
- O: Outreach- Matthew 28:18-20 is a direct command from Jesus himself to go out and make more disciples. We have recieved a wonderful gift of sacrifice and forgiveness and that gift was meant to be shared with as many people as possible in your lifetime. If God has touched your life with the love and sacrifice of his Son Jesus, why wouldn’t you want to share that good news with others?
- S: Service- Our Lord Jesus came specifically to earth to serve us and die for our sins (Philippians 2:3-8). A true disciple will follow in his master’s footsteps and faithfully imitate his love of service in their own lives. This is the very reason why I chose “Faith and Footsteps” as the name of this site for it is in faith that we follow Jesus in everything we do.
- S: Study- Through the inspired words of the Bible, we have everything we need for life and godliness (2 Peter 1:3). The witnesses of Jesus’ life, miracles, death, and resurrection have recorded for us an accurate historical account of those events so we would know who God is and what he has done for us through his Son. Even today, those words written centuries ago resonate with love and hope and give us the tools needed to live a godly life and to spread the gospel to others. Read and study God’s word daily for it is alive and can change your heart forever (Hebrews 4:12).
Hopefully this acrostic can be used as a simple reminder of the cross and its life-changing effects in our lives.