Our Response to COVID-19
It’s been an unusual few weeks. Our pastors have been staying updated with all things Coronavirus. Arkansas started to see local impact as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic at the beginning of this month. We’ve been unable to meet together for the last three weeks and will continue to not have services at the YRCC for the time being. The City of Fayetteville will assess further closures on Friday, April 17.
The entire nation is encouraging Social Distancing in an effort to slow the spread of the virus. We’ve been able to continue to meet for Community Group using technology to video chat one another. This past Sunday included a new experience for us: we recorded our sermon using Facebook Live. See video above. We will continue to adapt as needed in this unique time.
Below we will continue looking at the core beliefs of Blueprint Church.
Deep in the Heart of Every Individual is Core Beliefs
Deep in the heart of every individual is core beliefs. It is these core beliefs – the central, guiding convictions, principles, and perspectives – that make them who they are. Your core determines whether you remain strong during times of great testing and persecution. Your core determines the outcome of your life and the quality of your fruit. What’s true of individuals is also true of churches.
So far, we have shared that The Grace of God and The Bible are at the core of Blueprint Church. These are so valuable to us as believers in Jesus Christ. They anchor us in chaos, they direct us in confusion. They strengthen us when we are in fear.
Today we are covering our third Core Value.
CORE III: ALL NATIONS REACHED WITH THE GOSPEL
|1. Out of our love for God and people (The Great Commandment, Matthew 22:37-40), our mission as individuals and as a church is to fulfill the Great Commission – to go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to observe all that Christ commanded (Matthew 28:18-20).|
|2. While we understand that God sets apart some people in the church to be full-time missionaries, it is also God’s desire that each individual in the church personally embrace the Great Commission. All believers are to be “on mission,” to do their part in reaching their city, nation and the world, for Jesus Christ (1 Peter 2:9).|
3. God’s will is that while personally embracing this mission every individual work together with others as a team, serving within his or her giftedness and unique role as part of that team in fulfilling the Great Commission (Ephesians 4:11-16).
4. We believe that a key part of the Great Commission is not only evangelism, but also discipleship, where each follower of Jesus Christ is instructed to obey all that Jesus commanded.
|Contents of this journal entry originated in the paper: THE CORE AND PRACTICES OF GREAT COMMISSION CHURCHES; Revised 2014.|