When you restore a building, you start with the foundation and then work on the framework of a house, which is where everything really starts to come together, and you can see what the house is going to look like! At Crossroads, we believe God has given us our marching orders, our framework for how he wants us to function as a church…but it’s not just the framework for our church as a whole––it’s the framework for each of our lives!
1. DRMR is our framework.
- The framework God has given us as a church is also beneficial for our individual lives. All of the self-help and new year’s resolutions in the world can’t compare to the thriving that comes when we operate the way that God intended. When the church is functioning as it should, our spiritual family is restorative.
- In Acts 2, we see the definition of a Spirit-filled and Spirit-led church. The disciples adhered to sound doctrine, broke bread together, spent tons of time together (to the extent that they knew each other intimately), and they shared generously with one another. A great proof of a church allowing the Spirit to work and move freely is seeing people “added to their number daily”––it’s the Spirit who draws people to Jesus!
What framework guides your life? Is there any way in which you have gone outside the framework God has given you?
2. We are devotional.
2 Timothy 3:16-17
- Studying God’s Word should lead to worship of God and devotion to him on a heart level. Although we never want to read the Bible because of legalism, we do need to spend time in God’s Word daily; it should be the centerpiece of our lives.
- When we know the Scriptures, everything else in life becomes a lot simpler to sort through: relationships, politics, career choices––all of this comes under the authority of Jesus in our lives and the discernment he provides through his Word.
What does your devotional life look like right now? What can you do to challenge yourself to grow within your reading of God’s Word this year?
3. We are relational.
- All of us are hard-wired for relationships, and we need a variety of different ones to truly fulfill the way God created us to live. We need people who pour into us and people who we are pouring into.
- After 2020, we need to prayerfully consider which relationships we need to rekindle. Restoring relationships from people we were either unintentionally cut off from due to the circumstances of this past year, or people we pulled back from because we were isolating ourselves due to depression or anxiety, requires intentionality.
Reflect on your relationships. Do you have people pouring into your life? Do you have people whose lives you are pouring into? How is God inviting you into a greater mix of both?
4. We are missional.
- Isaiah’s response to the Lord is one we should seek to emulate. The Lord is always looking for people to send to the lost, and Isaiah responds, “Send me!” He doesn’t wait to see if he’s qualified, or if there might be “someone better for the job.” He volunteers wholeheartedly.
- Living a missional life doesn’t necessarily mean we have to move overseas. It might just mean making intentional choices to connect with people in our neighborhoods and communities over the long haul, to build relationships with them and eventually introduce them to Jesus.
How can you regularly incorporate missional activity into your life? What specific people has God burdened your heart for in sharing his gospel? What can you do to serve people who have yet to know Jesus?
5. We are reproducible.
2 Timothy 2:1-2
- The Christian life is designed to be cyclical: Paul disciples Timothy, Timothy disciples “faithful men,” and those faithful men train up others.
- God is interested in bringing other people into his family. It’s always been about relationship, and it’s always been about including more and more people into the family of God, where we grow more like Jesus daily.
- We don’t have to have life “all figured out” to reproduce ourselves. God is always doing a work in our lives we can share with someone else.
Although we will be learning all our lives, we can always be engaged in bringing someone else up to the point God has taken us so far. How are you engaging in this practice?
Optional Follow-up Questions:
- What makes you say that?
- How do you feel about that?
- How would you explain your answer to a non-Christian friend or neighbor?
- Why did God design it to work that way? Why not just do (whatever else) instead?
- What would you say to someone who disagrees with that?
- Why do we really have to do it like that? Why can’t we just go (some other route) instead?