Pastor's Perspective 

Questions for the New Year

The New Year is a great way to regularly evaluate everything from your workout routine to your Bible reading plan and everything in between! It is also a great opportunity for a church to do a similar sort of evaluation. We reworked our mission statement this past year so that it now reads:

Lake Oconee Presbyterian Church exists to make, equip and deploy followers of Christ that love their families, neighbors and the world for the glory of God.

This was in important first step in regularly evaluating who we are and what we are doing as a church.  The bottom line is that we are called to make disciples. Before I ask you how you are doing in the disciple-making department, let me ask you a more basic question. How is your love for Jesus? Does that sound like a strange question?

As it turns out that is the question that Jesus asked Peter three times before he reinstated him and sent him onward and outward to make disciples and to feed his sheep. Three times in a row Jesus asked Peter, “Do you love me?”  It strikes me as an immensely practical and powerful question. How could you hope to make disciples who follow Jesus if you don’t love him?

C.S. Lewis famously quipped that Jesus is either the Lord, a liar, or a lunatic. The reason he must be one of these three is that he claimed to be God! If he is Lord, then certainly that must mean some radical reshaping of our lives! In order to love him we must continually be reminded of who he is and what he has done. More than the cross, Jesus has brought us all the way into relationship with God the Father.  Make meditating on the person and work of Jesus a priority this new year…. It will ultimately help prepare you to answer the question, “How are things going in the disciple-making department?”

Pastor Sam