RC2 exists to make much of Jesus Christ by leading others to the delight and satisfaction of true life in Him. That sounds good, but the question then becomes, How? How will each of us grow to make much of Jesus? How will we as a body grow to make much of Him? How do we plan to accomplish this? By focusing all we do at RC2 around the following five Biblical principles, we believe we can accomplish our heartbeat and make much of Christ.
We must see Jesus, first and foremost.
When Jesus approached the woman at the well as recorded in John 4, He engaged her in conversation, questioned her and challenged her. This led her to eventually say, “I know that Messiah is coming (He who is called Christ); when that One comes, He will declare all things to us.” To this, Jesus responded “I who speak to you am He.” Jesus’ greatest goal was for this woman to see Him as the Messiah.
In the same way, everything we do must begin with seeing Jesus. It is our responsibility to teach, preach, mentor, counsel and worship in such a way that people are brought face to face with Jesus, not just a list of do’s and don’ts. Therefore, it will be our goal to faithfully teach scriptures in a way that reveals the character of our God and enables all age groups to grow in their understanding of who He is. We exist to help people see Him.
We must savor Jesus as the greatest of all treasures and delights.
Psalm 37:4 says “Delight yourself in the Lord…” and Psalm 34:8 states “O taste and see that the Lord is good…”. These verses both command us to have a tangible and sensory experience of joy and pleasure in God Himself. Most people have never heard this principle, even if they grew up in the church! In His mini parable of the treasure hidden in a field, Jesus teaches that the kingdom of heaven should bring such joy and delight in our lives that we would sell everything we own to possess it, if it could be bought. Joy, delight, fulfillment, satisfaction and deep soul pleasure; these are things we are commanded to pursue.
We believe that if we settled for anything less than teaching others to find their pleasure, satisfaction, joy and fulfillment in Christ, we have failed. Therefore, we will consistently model and teach the profound need to learn and practice the delight of Savoring all that God has revealed Himself to be. We exist to help people savor Him.
We must submit to Jesus as the supreme authority in our lives.
Zacchaeus climbed a tree for the sole purpose of seeing Jesus and Jesus pursued Zacchaeus by telling him to come down because He had to stay at his house that night. We don’t have a record of Jesus teaching in that encounter but we do see Zacchaeus’ response, “…the half of my goods I give to the poor. And if I have defrauded anyone of anything, I restore it fourfold.” Jesus then states that “today salvation has come to this house…” There is no question that Zacchaeus found true life in Jesus that day because he clearly and tangibly submitted to Jesus’ call to honesty and restitution.
We believe that genuine life in Christ can be seen when we humbly submit to the teaching and commands of Christ. None of us are perfect and none of us ‘have arrived’ so we all have areas of our lives in need of change. This change begins with submission to Christ as our supreme authority and resonates to others through changed lives. We exist to help people submit to Him.
We must serve Jesus Christ by serving others in the body of Christ.
The most natural response of gratitude toward someone is to do something for them. The story is told in the book of Luke about Peter’s Mother-in-law who was sick. Evidently someone went and told Jesus about the situation because Luke tells us that He left the synagogue where he was teaching and went to Peter’s house. Seeing the sick woman, Jesus rebuked the fever and it left her. How cool is that?! What’s important is the next phrase, “…and immediately she rose and began to serve them.”
We believe that serving one another in love is an important response to the true life that Jesus gives us. Jesus came to serve and not be served, so like Him, we must make a diligent effort to serve others. God has given us various gifts and we must be busy using them to meet the needs of others. Our service in love is focused on the brotherhood of believers as a display of our love for Jesus. We exist to help people serve Him.
We must strive to seek out others who need the life giving message of Jesus.
After Jesus’ private conversation with the woman at the well, the disciples returned and the woman made a quick exit. Back in town she said to the people, “Come see a man who told me all that I ever did. Can this be the Christ?” The people then went out to see Jesus and He ended up staying there for two more days. Many people from the town came to believe in Jesus. At the end of the story we’re told that the townspeople said to the woman, “it’s no longer because of what you said that we believe, for we have heard for ourselves, and we know that this is indeed the Savior of the world.”
This perfectly pictures our responsibility. Once we have found Him to be the treasure and satisfaction of our lives, we are called to seek others and bring them to see Jesus. That’s it. We’re not called to use slick and convincing arguments crafted to inspire belief, but simply to bring others to quench the thirst of their souls at the fountain of living water. We exist to encourage and train others to seek out people whom they can bring to Christ.