We are continuing our series explaining the heart behind Etch. The best way we can describe the heart is to share our Etch Values from the voices of the Etch Ministry Team. This weeks value:
Disciple making—you’ve probably heard a lot about it lately at ECOB. Jesus made it clear that, as he was preparing to depart his earthly ministry, his followers, his disciples, were to carry on the mission that he called them to—to ”go, and make disciples of all the nations”, and then “to teach them everything he commanded them.” Think about what that really means for a minute. What does this mean for us, today, here, now? His call is still in effect today, right here, right now. I ask myself a question, “So how are we doing with that?” What would you say? How do you think Jesus would answer this question? Honestly, do you really like the answer to this question? This is the mission of the church of Jesus Christ. After all, He has shown us the way, and He promised to be with us until He calls us into himself.
I really believe that most true Christ followers really want to be better disciples, and disciple makers. They just don’t know how.
One of the core values of the ETCH Ministry is Reimagine. What would it look like if this faith community took seriously the call that Jesus has extended to us? Acts Chapter 2 reveals what took place in Jerusalem just after the Day of Pentecost—an exciting time for the church. Scripture says that “people were continually devoted to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.” It goes on to say “and day by day continuing with one mind in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, they were taking their meals together with gladness and sincerity of heart, praising God and having favor with God.
This is a picture of what ETCH is attempting to capture. We will meet weekly, as a large family, for a simple meal. The fellowship that takes place over the meal, shared with our “family members” will be rich and sweet. We will pray. We will receive instruction in the scripture, and then engage in activities and conversation that we seek to apply to our lives. This is disciple making in action. We invite you to “come and see”, as Jesus did to his followers. Come, bring your family, and invite your friends to be with us on Wednesday nights from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
-Lou Driggs (Etch Ministry Team)