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.
A disciple is committed to the mission of Christ. His mission was about loving people. When we commit to follow Jesus and allow Him to grow and mature us, we cannot help but care about what He cares about most. We will be a people who give our lives away for His sake through acts of love and service to others. We were once alienated from God, but because of Christ, we who were poor in spirit and hurting, are now rich in Him (2 Corinthians 8:9).
Jesus tells us in John 13:34-35 to love one another as He has loved us. By displaying this kind of love, people will know that we are His disciples. One of our priorities at RiverLakes is to encourage our people to use their gifts, talents and resources to build up the body of Christ.
We are also committed to serving the poor, struggling and hurting in our community with the goal and purpose of leading them to the source of true life transformation, Jesus. Jesus commanded us to show kindness to the poor, hurting and dispossessed in our community, just as we were shown kindness by Him.
In addition God’s Word clearly commands the Church to “make disciples of all nations.” Jesus is Lord and He died for the sins of people from all nations. We are compelled to devote time and resources to fulfilling the “Great Commission” of our Lord Jesus.