Why Church?

Why is the Church important?

As outlined by the Word of God, the Church (all churches not only    Mosaic Church) is defined as a group of Christians who dedicate themselves to meeting together for the regular preaching of the Word of God; who submit themselves to Biblical eldership as outlined in 1 Timothy 3, 1 Thessalonians 5:12-13, and Hebrews 13:17; who regularly celebrate the ordinances of the Church (baptism and the Lord’s Supper); and who practice and submit themselves to church discipline as laid out in Scripture (Matthew 18:15-17).

 

God makes us a part of His larger family (the Church) when we are born again. But, when we commit to a local body and live in community (church membership), this enables us to grow and become spiritually mature in Christ.

 

The local church is not an audience but a family. Each believer is a needed member in the body of Christ. As a spiritual body gathers to worship God, we come as equals, prepared to share in family responsibilities to love and encourage one another. (1 Peter 4:10)

Having a family mindset lays our foundation for our members with responsibilities and privileges*.
 

We are better together both as a local congregation and a global Church. The Church functions properly when members operate in    unity. We benefit by a spiritual covering that presents the consistent teaching and preaching of God’s Word equipping us to every good work, by corporate worship, by fellowship, and through prayer.

 

TO EQUIP: The responsibility of the Church is outlined in Ephesians 4:11-16.  The pastor and church leadership will prepare members for the work of the ministry. The work of the ministry is to live out our faith in Jesus. The “how to’s” of following Jesus – Bible study, journaling, prayer, evangelism, missions, etc. are all aspects of equipping of the saints. This also flows over into all areas of life – emotional health, financial health, and physical health. Equipping through discipleship provides the tools for a successful and abundant life in Christ Jesus with the purpose of unity, maturity, and reproduction. (Ephesians 4:11-16, 2 Timothy 3:16-17, Ephesians 2:10, Psalm 1, Acts 2:42, 1 Timothy 4:13, John 17:21-23)

 

TO WORSHIP: The opportunity of corporate worship allows us to       recalibrate – shifting our focus from ourselves to Almighty God. It brings humility and joy to the participants. Corporate worship –   whether through listening or singing a song, through hearing a prayer or Truth preached – allows the Holy Spirit to convict, heal, change, or comfort us. It can expose our point of need and immediately meet it.  Our adoration of God is increased when we worship together in unity. (Colossians 3:16, Hebrews 10:25, Ephesians 5:19, Psalm 95:1-11, Hebrews 12:28-19, John 4:23-24)

 

TO FELLOWSHIP: Mosaic is a family. We get to do life together! Growth in community through fellowship brings encouragement, connection, healing, selflessness, unity, and sharpening. We shoulder each other’s burdens and celebrate one another’s joys.    (Philippians 2:1-4, 1 John 1:1-7, 1 Thessalonians 5:11, Proverbs 27:17, Psalm 133:1)

 

TO PRAY:  Mosaic’s pastor, leadership team, and elders deeply care for you and pray for you. Prayer prepares the way for God to move on our behalf and destroys strongholds.  It also transforms our hearts and minds. (James 5:16, Ephesians 6:18, Colossians 1:9, 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18)

 

TO GIVE: Jesus gave the ultimate sacrifice – His life. How can we possibly withhold from giving generously to Him, even our own life? Generosity isn’t just about dollars and tithing. There is much more significance tied to generosity – love. Love is the fuel to generosity. 

Because of Jesus’ love for us, we can freely sacrifice our life and resources for others.

 

Tithing is a Biblical mandate and vital part of the operation of the church. Tithing shows you place your trust in God as He is our Source of provision – not money. Tithes and offering are used to do ministry of serving others, as well as operate the day-to-day needs of a church (maintenance, staff, bills, insurance, etc.)  (Proverbs 3:9-10, 2 Corinthians 9:6-15, Malachi 3:10)

 

TO ATTEND: Attendance of corporate worship on a regular basis is for mutual encouragement, spiritual growth, instruction, community, and   accountability.  The Word of God tells us to not neglect this special time together. (Hebrews 10:25, Acts 2:42, 1 Corinthians 12:14-26, Ephesians 4:11-13)

 

TO GROW: We desire personal growth. We strive to provide an atmosphere where each person is nurtured towards maturity and stability, and encouraged to grow and flourish in their relationship with Jesus Christ. Our focus is health through relationship with Christ as it overflows into all areas of life – spiritually, emotionally, financially, and physically.  (Romans 12:1-21, Ephesians 4:11-16, 1 Peter 2:1-3, 2 Timothy 2:15, Matthew 28:19-20)

 

TO SERVE: We encourage our members to give both of time and resources, to regularly attend, to grow in their walk with Christ and each other, and to serve Christ by serving others.

God has placed us in a local church so that we might be edified (built up) to do good work and to serve Him (Ephesians 2:10). The Church doesn’t exist to serve us but to serve God. To remain sedentary is to neglect God’s very purpose for our salvation. Community is forged standing side-by-side working towards a goal. Family is exemplified when we prefer others over ourselves. God is glorified in our service.

You should not serve because we need volunteers, but because you need to volunteer. Serving should flow from your
passions. You can serve inside the church through our ministry teams. (1 Peter 4:10-11, Romans 12:1-2, Ephesians 4:1-5:2)