Metro Bible Institute
We have all been taught at one time or another that the church is people and not a building. Although we say, “Let’s go to Church” in reference to a location, the Bible talks about a people being built together “into a dwelling place for God by the Spirit” (Ephesians 2:20). So the natural question then is, “How is the Church (people) built up?” The New Testament gives a number of directions for Christ’s bride to follow. In short though, it’s easy to land on the “Greats”…
The Great Commandment | Matthew 22:36-40
When Jesus was asked about the greatest commandment, he said, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.” He stated that this was the “foremost commandment”. Then He said, “The second is like it, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ On these two commandments depend the whole Law and Prophets.”
In summary, the Church is to love God and love others. Sometimes we say, “We want to help people know God and grow to be like Him.” This is a great joy of the Church’s life and purpose.
The Great Commission | Matthew 28:18-20
Before His ascension, Jesus Christ gave His marching orders to us by saying, “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”
The great commission-to make disciples-is why God has left us on this earth. As we love God and others, we help them grow to be followers of Jesus Christ. We find a great model of how to make disciples in 1 Thessalonians 2:8. Paul writes to the people he ministers to that he was “well-pleased to impart to you not only the gospel of God but also our own lives, because you had become very dear to us.” As a church, we want to “impart the word and our lives” to others in order to glorify God and advance His kingdom.
Because Jesus places such importance on the Great Commandment and the Great Commission, we want to place them at the heart of our church! Being obedient to God does not come by osmosis. It takes careful planning by the Spirit of God. Thus, here are three prayers as we encourage you to join us in the Vine Project:
1. Pray for Disciple-Making Disciples
Most if not all of us are convinced that the Great Commission, making disciple-making disciples, is for all of us. Many of us have benefitted from it first hand, but fear and a lack of understanding the practical “how to’s” of discipleship has kept us from being obedient. We want to help you fulfill the Great Commandment and Commission in your life.
2. Pray for the Future
Statistics show that it only takes a generation to loose a vision. That means that any church can go apostate within 20-40 years. In order to plan for the next generation after us (2 Tim 2:2), we must invest the Word and our lives into people. That is to say, we cannot rely on programs or events to evangelize and disciple people. We must do the work of sowing God’s Word into people’s lives!
3. Pray for Laborers
Studies show that Dallas/Ft. Worth is going to grow in its population from 6 million to 25 million by 2025. This means the DFW will expand from 30 miles (east to west) to 60. We need to be prepared for this. If we are deeply committed to help people know God and grow to be like Him, then we must raise up leaders to evangelize and disciple in the field of the Lord. Christ said to pray for Laborers to be “sent out into the harvest” (Matt 9:38). This is our active step in planning to care for souls and not simply perform a service (Heb 13:17). If we want to make an impact in kingdom building, this needs to be what the church is all about.
Would you consider joining us?
When? Monday Nights | Starting August 22nd from 6:30-8:30pm
Where? Clariden School | 100 Clariden Ranch Road, Southlake TX 76092
What? The Vine Project | https://thevineproject.com/