Teach

"teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you.” (Matthew 28:20a)

 

Teaching those who follow is as important as leading by example in the making of disciples. Disciples are hungry for truth and are eager to learn new things. We are responsible for giving them truth by which they grow into strong followers of Christ, so they can go and make disciples.

We need to establish the framework by which we can teach those that Almighty God entrusts to us.

The disciples need to learn about many things.

·         Doctrine and Theology

·         Holy Living

·         Ministry and Gifting

We need to replicate ourselves in them. Are our lives worth replicating?

 

Authority

"And Jesus came and said to them, ‘All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.’” (Matthew 28:18)

 

Jesus said this and told His disciples to go and make disciples. Are we His disciples? If yes, we are to GO.

We are baptized into His body. We are covered by His righteousness. We hide ourselves in Him. We are covered by Him.

We walk in the authority of our Lord and Savior and we are responsible for living out the calling that He has given to each one of us.

 

Fellowship

"And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” Matthew 28:20b)

 

Jesus sends us in His authority, but He doesn’t leave us on our own. Likewise, we do not leave those alone who desire to follow us. Those whom God gives to us are our responsibility. We are to lead them, teach them, and fellowship with them.

"A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” John 13:34-35

This was the command of Jesus to His disciples. This is the command of Jesus to us, His disciples. Are we obeying this command? Do people know that we are His disciples because they observe our love for one another? Are people attracted to us, wanting to be with us, because they see our love for one another? Mere words aren’t observed in such a way. Tangible actions are observed, and they are what others relate to and are drawn to.

Fellowship is an important part of making disciples. Teaching and leading by our examples of loving one another. Fellowship also involves worship and prayer. Disciples need to learn to worship and pray in godly ways, both corporately and individually. Again, these are caught as much as they are taught. We can teach the principles, but it is the experience of worshiping and praying together that brings the revelation of the power and presence of God. Disciples need to learn and to practice prayer for self, for one another, for community, for nation, and for the world.

 

 

Vision

 

Anoka Awakening

What is the vision of Anoka Awakening? This is something that needs to be defined so those who desire to follow and support us will know what it is that we are seeking to accomplish. The well-defined vision will keep us on track and focused on the Kingdom view without fear and distraction of the world view.

The desires of our hearts are to share the Gospel of Peace with all who will hear it and to make disciples and lead them to lead holy lives in faith in Jesus Christ and Almighty God.

Can our supporters say of us what Paul had to say about the church of the Thessalonians? Can we say it about the disciples we make in the Anoka church without walls?

 

"We give thanks to God always for all of you, constantly mentioning you in our prayers, remembering before God and Father your work of faith and labor in love and steadfastness of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ. For we know, brothers loved by God, that He has chosen you, because our gospel came to you not only in word, but also in power and in the Holy Spirit and with full conviction. You know what kind of men we proved to be among you for your sake.” (1 Thessalonians 1:2-5)

Are we praying for one another always, giving thanks to God? Are our lives worthy of the time of others to pray for us always, giving thanks to God? Are our motivations pure, that being for the sake of others and for the Kingdom? Are our works being done in faith, laboring in love, an anchored in the hope of Jesus Christ?

 

The Kingdom View

Is our vision simply stated with a Kingdom view? All that we do needs to flow from the love of God and for the love toward one another. The vision needs to originate with God that we may walk in His power to carry it out. It is His Kingdom that we are building and not a kingdom of our own. We need to do a work that will last and will change the area of our influence for the better in the love of God.

 

Personal

Do our personal visions fall in line with the Kingdom view? If not, we desperately need some time for introspection to determine what it is we are doing.

Do our personal visions fall in line with the vision for Anoka Awakening? If not, perhaps this is not the ministry that God would have you involved with or supporting.

Our vision must be in line with the calling of God on our lives and where He would have us live it out.

 

 

Location

 

The City and County

Where are we to carry out the vision, or mandate, that our Lord has laid before us? We are in the City of Anoka and Main Street has been our primary base of operations. We also need to be aware that as we do the ministry work and spiritual assignments that God gives us to do, the effects in the county seat radiate out into the county. Likewise, being the north gate of the Twin Cities metropolitan area, we also have far reaching effects into the Metro City.

We are but one piece of the puzzle; one ministry of many around the Twin Cities. We are one of the fires that has been ignited by God to burn in this world. We are to act in concert with the other fires in the Twin Cities, in the State of Minnesota, in the Great Lakes Region, in the United States of America, and in the World and all creation, seen and unseen. As we walk in obedience to the call of God, our fire will grow in both size and intensity and will link up with other fires that are moving in obedience as well.

 

Gathering Place

We have the Upper Room where the leadership can gather to worship and to seek God and receive our marching orders. The Upper Room is good, but it is only a starting point.

We need a space, or spaces, to do the ministry work that we are called to do. We need a place where we can be found at any time as God calls us at any given time to minister to the people He brings across our paths. Where will people go and who will they call when the need arises in their lives that they need support, prayer or encouragement.

Feeding and clothing the poor or the needy, both physically and spiritually requires a base of operations. A place to gather together is necessary for conversation, for worship, for teaching, for discipleship, for communion, prayer and healing. A place where we can go out from as we love one another and GO to make disciples. The place where those who will come follow us can find the opportunity to be discipled.

We are not looking to build another church. We are seeking to be the church; the Ecclesia. We are the Body of Christ, with Jesus as our head. Our call is to, “Obedience in Love.” We are to walk in obedience both to His commands and to the call He has placed upon our lives.

We need to operate in love for one another and fulfill our calling even when it is inconvenient or uncomfortable. Father, Lord Jesus, Holy Spirit, ignite the passion in our hearts to walk in obedience in love, to love one another, and to GO and make disciples, all for the sake of the Kingdom of God that others may know the joy of your salvation.