Therefore, brothers, since we have confidence to enter the holy places by the blood of Jesus, by the new and living way that He opened for us through the curtain, that is, through His flesh, and since we have a great priest over the house of God, let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, with our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water. Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful. And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near. —Hebrews 10:19-25
Is our Church mission statement Biblical? Where in the Bible does it instruct us to be healthy disciples making healthy disciples? If you are not currently spending time in the Word, or if you just like new challenges when you read your daily scripture, try finding places that speak to this mission. Hebrews is a book that I have been reading over and over, periodically, for a little over a year now. Recently I noticed the verses above and found a place that reminds me of our mission statement. This passage begins with some of the benefits Christ avails to us when we turn and follow Him, then it encourages us to “draw near” and “hold fast” “for He who promised is faithful.” A healthy disciple does these things out of belief and trust that God is faithful, that He keeps His promises; not that we earn any of the former by being good disciples. After this invitation to join with the author in these healthy disciple practices, we are encouraged to consider how to “make healthy disciples” by “[stirring] up one another to love and good works,” meeting together (or “not neglecting to meet together”), and “encouraging one another.”
If you are a member of CHS, how are you doing these things? A great way to draw near is a daily time alone with God. Christ opens the way for us to have a relationship with the God of the Universe, but my time is most spent serving myself in my own universe. The only way I can change that cycle is to put my focus EVERY day on the One Who calls me to Himself. Grab a couple of friends and make a commitment to reading the Word and discussing it regularly. That serves both sides of the mission!
Maybe you are just checking things out and do not yet have the “full assurance of faith” mentioned in the verses above. Jesus is inviting you to check out His Word. What does the Bible say about this God? Take the scripture passages that are read during the service each week and commit to reading those daily. Ask God to reveal Himself through your exploration of this book. As Tim Henderson says, “it is full of treasure.” Ask someone to go on a treasure hunt with you!