P.R.I.S.E. Discipleship Ministry Process

Passionate Worship

We exist to Passionately Worship God! Our God in Trinity (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit) has freely and lovingly revealed himself through Jesus Christ and, is in and with us through his Holy Spirit. We worship God for who he is and what he has done, is doing, and will do in the future. We worship passionately and “in spirit and in truth” (John 4:23). Worship inspires us to love God first and most, and “seek first his Kingdom” (Matthew 6:33). Worship is both a biblical command and a delight and is something we are never to stop doing individually and congregationally.

The blessings of worshiping God within a local fellowship of Christ followers:

God is pleased and inhabits the praises of his people. We love being in his presence!

God reveals himself, his will, works, wonders, and ways, in worship. He does so primarily through the music and message, sacraments, prayers, praises, and giving of his glad hearted people.

God encourages in worship through his Word when it is preached and taught accurately under the influence of the Holy Spirit.

God changes our perspective in worship: The greatness of our God is magnified while the vision and values of this world grow unimportant and insignificant.

Radical Hospitality

Radical Hospitality is an integral part of our Ministry process the “PRISE”. Our goal is “Warmly Embracing All People All the Time.” Hospitality means we pray, plan and prepare, and work toward the purpose of helping others receive what we have received in Christ. We want hospitality to be a spiritual initiative, the practice of an active and genuine love, a graciousness, an opening of ourselves and our church to receive others.

Intentional Discipleship

Jesus came to this earth, lived, died, and rose again not to make believers or church attenders, but to make disciples. Our working definition of a disciple is one, who by the transforming work of the Holy Spirit, is learning to love what Jesus loved, think like Jesus thought, and do what Jesus did. Becoming like Jesus is the most exciting and challenging adventure this side of eternity!

Discipleship doesn’t happen by accident or osmosis. Disciples are not born they are made! Therefore, we have to intentionally discipline ourselves to regularly go to transformational places where the Holy Spirit can turn our hearts into the heart of Jesus, our minds to the thoughts of Jesus, and our hands into the hands of Jesus. Those places are Bible study, prayer, worship, small groups, faith sharing, giving, and serving.

Salty Service

When Jesus called his disciples, “The salt of the earth” he did so because he wanted us to live the kind of lives and do the kind of things that “glorify our Father in heaven” (Matthew 5:13-16). For these reasons we constantly engage in “Salty Service” activities which include anything we say and do in Christ’s Name for the welfare of others. Salty Service is demonstrating the love of God in a Practical way and encompasses four broad parameters:

Alleviate physical suffering of others;

Challenge systems that cause suffering;

Care for God’s creation;

Ease emotional or spiritual needs of others.

We believe Salty Service springs from salvation not for salvation and the benefits are awesome. With each act of Salty Service:

We continue the ministry and mission of Jesus;

The Kingdom of God comes to us and through us changing us and the world at the same time;

Our souls are filled with joy;

We demonstrate the love of God in a practical way to others in need;

We share our faith non-verbally and verbally;

Others experience the God that cares and is with them no matter what;

We preserve the moral and spiritual integrity of the world, release the flavors of the Kingdom of God, and stimulate people’s thirst and hunger for Jesus.

Extravagant Generosity

Since God has been extravagantly generous with us, in term of physical, material, and spiritual life (In His Son and Spirit) we believe that all Christ followers are to reflect his generosity in the use of their Time, Talent, and Treasure. To that end:

We generously use our time to help build His Son’s church.

We extravagantly use our talent (i.e., our spiritual gifts) to minister to one another and our world.

We extravagantly and generously give our tithe (first 10% of all income), offerings (for special projects and needs), and alms (designated for the poor)

 We do so because we believe that our eternally gracious God will always “supply all of our needs according to his riches in glory” (Philippians 4:19)and that “giving breaks the power of the world” (Jacque Ellul) and our fallen tendencies towards acquisitiveness, greed, hoarding, and selfishness.

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