Our vision and purpose:To seek and reach our world for Christ.
Luke 19:10, “For the Son of Man came to seek and to save what was lost.”

To WIN the un-churched to Jesus Christ and WELCOME them into our fellowship so that we might DISCIPLE and DEPLOY each other as servants into the world for the WORSHIP of God.”

  • To accomplish this we look to Acts 2:42-47
  • Spiritual Discipline

There are certain disciplines that Christians will want to be devoted to. We will become disciplined in our reading and study of the Bible, the source and authority of our faith. We will participate regularly in the worship, life, and ministry of the church. We will take Holy Communion often to remember, re-live, and re-tell the essence of our faith. We will pray on all occasions for the power of God is released through persistent prayer. “They devoted themselves to the apostle’s teaching and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.” (v.42)

  • Supernatural

We are not just another earthly club or organization. We believe in the supernatural. We live in the midst of a spiritual battle. But we know the victory has been won through our risen Lord. Our mission is spiritual and can only be accomplished by the empowerment of the Holy Spirit. We should expect to see God work in mysterious and miraculous ways. “Everyone was filled with awe, and many wonders and miraculous signs were done by the apostles.” (v. 43)

  • Unity

We are all on the same team. TEAM is an acronym for Together Everyone Accomplishes More. We have only one adversary: Satan. We are all united by our faith in Christ,our vision, our purpose and our core values. When we are rhythmically paddling the boat, there isn’t time to rock it. To maintain unity we must constantly put the mission of the church ahead of our personal agendas. “All the believers were together and had everything in common.” (v. 44)

  • Servant

We are most concerned about others. We serve; we give to any and all who are in need without judging them. Having a servant’s heart, we constantly have an eye on how we can reach the un-churched through worship, outreach, and service. We do this generously and sacrificially. We are not called to do ministry as cheaply as possible but as effectively as possible. Jesus is our example. He said, “I did not come to be served, but to serve and give my life as ransom for many.”
His was a costly gift. This is the attitude we are to lead and serve with in the church. “Selling their possessions and goods, they gave to anyone as he had need.” (v.45)

  • Commitment

It costs everything to follow Jesus. At the heart of our response to Jesus Christ is a commitment to make him the Lord of our lives. When we make that commitment, we inherently make another commitment to the Body of Christ. As United Methodists, we have vowed to be committed to Patoka UMC with our attendance, our gifts, our service, and our prayers. “Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts.” (v. 46)

  • Hospitality

Hospitality literally means “to be fond of or friendly to guests.” Hospitality is practiced when we make and take opportunities to show the love of Jesus by warmly and generously welcoming one another. Through the ministry of hospitality, we let others know that they are accepted and wanted. Hospitality is a key value in helping our guests become connected to the loving fellowship of Patoka UMC. “They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts…enjoying the favor of all the people.” (v. 46-47)

  • Praise

Our lives are to be an offering of praise to God. The way we live, the words we speak, the attitudes we hold, the thoughts we think are all to bring praise to God. All that is said and done in the church is for God’s glory and praise. If what we do doesn’t bring God praise, it doesn’t need to be said or done. Our worship celebrations are the primary place and time for corporate praise to be given. Because we are praising God, these celebrations must be done in a creative, excellent, and authentic manner. “…praising God…” (v. 47)

  • Growth

Churches committed to living by the previously stated values will be healthy churches. Healthy churches are growing bodies of Christ. This growth will be seen in new professing Christians, in increased spiritual hunger, in greater numbers of willing servants, and in an increased number of joyful tithers. This will be the Lord’s result of our commitment to His values and principles. “And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.” (v. 47)

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