The good news of the gospel is that Jesus paid the penalty for our sin and redeemed us, or bought us back, so that we could have a reconciled relationship with God the Father when we repent of our sin and trust in Christ’s finished work on the cross on our behalf. We are saved by grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone and are called to an abiding relationship with Him. This means that we rest in Jesus and we pursue Jesus, both individually and in gospel community with others as a church.
- We are in Christ (Position).
- We are set apart to be like Christ (Pursuit).
- We abide personally.
- We abide together as the church.
“All Scripture is breathed out by God.”
-2 Timothy 3:16
We can know God because He has revealed Himself to us through His Word. We pursue a healthy, abiding relationship with Jesus partly by reading, studying, and meditating on His Word. For resources that help you pursue these spiritual disciplines, view the links below.
So I say to you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks, receives; and he who seeks, finds; and to him who knocks, it will be opened. – Luke 11:9-10
We pursue a healthy, abiding relationship with God by talking to Him. View the dropdown below for 5 ways to pray.
Begin with a few moments of praise and thanksgiving, adoring God for who He is. Then pray that God is glorified through this local church in all we say and do. Pray for God to be glorified in our nation. Pray for our president and government leaders. Pray that God would be glorified among the nations of the world. [Psalm 86:12, 86:9, 96:1-5; Matthew 6:9-10]
Abiding In Christ
Ask that our church will grow in our love for Jesus, that we will hunger for and pursue Christlikeness, and quickly confess any known sin while living in a posture of Spirit-prompted repentance. Pray that the Word of God would dwell in us richly. Ask God to conform us to be more and more like Jesus. Pray that we would pursue holiness. Pray that we would be filled with the Spirit of Christ bearing the fruit of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness, faithfulness and self control. [John 15:4-5; Romans 8:29-30, Galatians 5:22-23, Ephesians 4:14-16; 2 Corinthians 7:1]
Devotion To One Another
Cry out to God that we would love one another, be devoted to one another, serve one another, admonish one another, and encourage one another as the Body of Christ. Pray that our weekend worship gatherings will make much of Jesus and be a priority for every member. Pray that our groups spur one another on to love and good works. Pray that we will strive to serve one another, admonish one another, bear one another’s burdens, pray for one another, and fervently love one another from the heart. [John 13:34-35; 1 Peter 1:22, Colossians 3:14-16, Hebrews 10:24-25]
Pray for the health of our families and marriages. Pray for men to lead well and for wives to respect their husbands. Pray that the family at home would partner with the family of faith to disciple the next generation and that children would honor their parents in the Lord. Pray for discipleship to begin at home. [Deuteronomy 6:6-7; Psalm 127:1; Ephesians 5:33]
Make Him Known
Ask God’s favor as we strive to boldly share the Gospel, reach the unreached, plant churches, send disciples, train leaders, and serve the vulnerable in our community and the nations of the world. Pray that TCBC will have a Gospel impact both among our neighbors and the nations of the world. [Matthew 9:37-38; John 15:15, 4:35; Acts 1:8, 4:29-31]
We abide individually, and we abide as a church together with other Jesus followers. At TCBC, we practice this pursuit by the gathering and groups. We prioritize the weekly gathering to worship on Sunday mornings for the whole family, and we offer groups for all members of the family aimed at equipping you for growth as a faithful Jesus follower.
We talk about what we treasure and value. When we have a healthy, abiding relationship with God, we will share with others the truth about who God is and what He is doing in our lives and the world. Everyday moments become Go Moments when we seize the opportunity to make Jesus known. Learn how to capture opportunities for Go Moments at the links below.