Our goal is to help people become fully devoted followers of Jesus Christ. We believe a fully devoted follower is one who is:
“So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.” Colossians 2:6-7
What does this look like? What do we want to encourage in the lives of people to help each one grow in his or her relationship with God? What are the expectations our leaders have for members at RiverWalk who are walking with God?
We are to lead people into a relationship with Jesus Christ, while being connected to a local congregation of Christ’s church. Personally, we grow in our walk through regular quiet time where we are alone with God, developing an active prayer life, engaging in regular personal Bible study. We also grow in our walk by meeting regularly with our fellow Christians.
“… live by the Spirit …. the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.” Galatians 5:16, 22
The “Word” is both the written Word, Holy Scripture, and the incarnate Word, Jesus Christ. What does it look like to “live the Word”? What behavior do we want to encourage in the lives of our members that would demonstrate growth in living the Word? What are the expectations our leaders have for members who are wanting to put the principles of the Bible into daily practice? What does it look like to imitate Jesus in thought, speech, attitude and behavior?
- No longer be controlled by self, which leads to: immoral behavior, sexual impurity, idolatry (putting something else in God’s place), contentious spirit, unhealthy relationships, lack of self discipline.
- Be influenced more and more by the Holy Spirit, which leads to Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Faithfulness, Gentleness, Self Control.
“Be devoted to one another in brotherly love. Honor one another above yourselves. Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. Share with God’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality.” Romans 12:10-13
One who serves the church will have a commitment to the Head of the church, Jesus Christ. And he or she will be committed to growing and maturing under the guidance of the Head. What would that look like? Through teaching opportunities and behavior, the leaders at RiverWalk church are committed to offering opportunities to strengthen our loyalty to Jesus Christ and our involvement in the local church. These include regular attendance at our Sunday assembly, Bible classes and small group experiences. It includes identifying and then using one’s spiritual gift(s) in ministry to our fellow Christians.
“You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on it’s stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.” Matthew 5:14-16
A disciple has responsibility for making a difference in his or her world. Like Jesus, we want to influence our world for good. What would that look like? How can we encourage each other to carry out the “Great Commission” of Matthew 28:18-20?
Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
This is exhibited by a willingness to share one’s faith with others, as well as being a positive example in behavior, attitude and speech. We are to model Jesus’ command to “love your neighbor as yourself’.” It is also exhibited by growing in a mission orientation, being able to recognize that the church is bigger than the congregation which meets at 225 N. Waco in Wichita. Impacting the world includes serving those in the world, whether in Wichita or in our nation or around the world.