Laboring, Equipping, and Maturing

Yesterday was our first Sunday Gathering of 2016. We took the opportunity to address where we are and where we're going as a church family. In case you missed it, below is a brief recap. Sorry, there is no recording of this sermon.

Why we exist

Knowing Jesus. Making Him Known. Taproot Church exists to know Jesus and make him known. This will remain the constant mission and vision for us because it is the commission that Jesus gave (Matthew 28:16-20). Knowing Jesus and making him known is what making disciples is. 

Maturing Saints. We don't, however, stop at simply making disciples. We labor together to present the saints as mature in Christ (Colossians 1:28-29). When the body of Christ is enabled to function in her gifting to the fullest, we're able to disciple one another to the point of being mature disciples. The result of this will inevitably be healthy disciples making healthy disciples making healthy disciples and so on. It is a maturing church submitted to the leading of the Holy Spirit that will enable us to see this city saturated with the good news of Jesus Christ. 

Sending Out Laborers. In Matthew 9, Jesus told his disciples to pray for laborers to be sent into the harvest. This is because the harvest is huge, while the laborers are few (Matthew 9:35-38). It seems to be an age old problem in the life of the church–never enough people to do all the work that can possibly done. But by God's grace, we will continue laboring to equip the saints for the purpose of being sent out day by day into everyday mission fields such as our homes, neighborhoods, workplaces, etc.

When it comes to sending out laborers, our ultimate prayer is that God would enable us to equip church planters and church plant teams. A preliminary goal and prayer for us is to equip and send out five (5) church planters (with teams) in the next ten (10) years. The cities we're praying to see churches planted in right now are: Twin Falls, Pocatello, Idaho Falls, Boise, and Sun Valley. In this, our prayer is that God would do above and beyond all that we can imagine or even think to ask him. 

Needs in the family

As our family continues to grow, there are several areas in which we need to structure.

Set up and teardown. By God's grace, we're a mobile church and will be for the foreseeable future. There is nothing wrong or bad about this. The church is not (or at least should not) be confined to a building. However, being mobile means that there is a little more effort required for the Sunday Gathering event. We're looking to build out our set up and teardown team. Specifically, we're looking for eight (8) people to be split into two teams of four (4) and put on a volunteer rotation. 

Hospitality. It's a blessing to walk into the gathering on Sunday and have a fresh cup of hot coffee with a homemade treat of some sort. This doesn't just happen though. There are people working behind the scenes to provide these things for us. We need about four more people to fill out our Sunday morning hospitality team. 

Greeters. There's something about being greeted that makes things more welcoming. We've yet to have greeters, but it seems it's about time to start. We need 4-6 people to help out here. 

Sound and Media. It's a blessing to have amplified music and words projected on a screen that allows everyone to sing in worship to King Jesus. We're in need of a few more volunteers here. One more volunteer for media and one more volunteer for sound would be great. 

Taproot Kids. Finally, one of the greatest ways we can serve families in Taproot, and families who are visiting Taproot, is by discipling their kiddos well. This year, we want to see our children's ministry grow in a healthy way. We want to see the kids discipled well in the gospel of Jesus while at the same time learning if a fun and safe environment. We need a lot of help to do this though. Right now, we're looking for 16 people to work in teams of four on a monthly rotation on Sunday mornings. 

it is finished

The amount of work that needs to be done is often overwhelming. When it comes to a call for laborers in the life of the church, the tendency is to guilt people into doing a job or to tell them that serving more will cause God to be more pleased with them. But this is a lie. 

The truth is that God is already perfectly pleased with those whose faith is placed in the finished work of Jesus even if we don't lift up a finger or fill another volunteer spot for the rest of our existence! This is because the work that ultimately needed to be done has already been done. Jesus came and lived the perfect life we couldn't, died the death we deserve, and rose victoriously from the grave! In this, he has defeated Satan, sin, Hell, and the ultimate enemy death (Colossians 2:14-15). Before he breathed his last breath, he proclaimed from that cross, "It is finished!" 

This good news is what changes our lives, and this good news is what motivates our labor, church. It is in light of the reality that we will not be loved any less and are already loved as much as we possibly could be that motivates us to labor until Christ returns.  

I'm excited about what lies ahead, Taproot. The details are unknown to us, but our plans and dreams are submitted to the God who knows every detail down to the second. He will establish our steps as he sees fit.

If you have questions, please ask at the next Sunday gathering or head over to our connect page and fill out the form at the bottom. 

Christ is all!

Pastor Mike