A - Plan A: We Share A Better Way. There is No Plan B.
God's Plan A for the world to hear about His love is that we live a lifestyle of sharing our faith through our actions and words everywhere we go. There is no Plan B. Jesus said, “Go to the people of all nations and make them my disciples. (Matt. 28:19) As ministers, we show people that Jesus came to give them life (John 10:10). We live a life that honors Christ and draws people to Him. We look for every opportunity to share our STORY of how Christ has set us free. Our desire is to make Jesus known everywhere: locally, nationally, and internationally. Jesus’ command is clear. He said to His disciples, “…you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” (Acts 1:8) This is Plan A. There is no Plan B. This has to be our priority
L - Love God: We Give God Our All
“Anyone who belongs to Christ is a new person. The past is forgotten, and everything is new.” (2 Cor. 5:17) God wants to set us free to live a new life in relationship with Him. This new life is made possible through Christ. In Christ, we have the ability to be rescued from the bondage of our old self, our old habits, our mistakes and a live a transformed life of purpose and peace in God. To do this we must turn from our sin, put our trust and faith in Christ as our savior, and commit to follow Him as our Lord. The Bible says that, “God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners.” (Rom. 5:8) Because of God’s great love for us and because He has rescued us from our sins, we strive to Love God with all our hearts and to live for Him in all we do.
L - Live and Learn: We Live Out God’s Truth Together
Spiritual growth is best accomplished in community. We attend worship services and outposts that help us grow in our relationship with God. We also pray and study the Bible regularly on our own so that the Holy Spirit may speak directly into our lives. It does not stop here however. We also "live what we learn". We strive everyday to become more like Jesus. We take to heart James’ words from the bible, "Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says." (James 1:22)
I - Invest: We’re not Members. We are Ministers
In speaking about Himself, Jesus said, “…the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” (Matt. 20:28) Jesus clearly taught His disciples to live as servants. Every believer in Christ has received spiritual gifts from the Holy Spirit in order to serve one another and God. The Apostle Paul says, “Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it.” (1 Cor. 12:27) As followers of Christ, we are called to be a part of it. We are called to be invested; to serve, to minister, and to spread the love of Christ through our time, talents, and resources (our tithe). At Common Ground, we strive to serve, not to be served. We live this statement: We are ministers.
N - Not About Me: We Fight For Peace
We are in this together and we are better together. Together we worship and grow in Christ, we serve Him more effectively in reaching people, we find help in time of need, and we enjoy fellowship. We are family and as a family we fight for peace. The bible says, “Show proper respect to everyone, love the family of believers…” (1 Peter 2:17). So, we maintain unity by not letting our individuality get in the way of God’s plan for us together. The bible says, “…live a life worthy of the calling you have received. Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.” (Eph. 4:1-3) We are on the same team! So, we ask you to “Go All In” and commit to being a part of Common Ground by helping us to fulfill our mission to “Make An Eternal Difference in Sahuarita and Around the World in the Name of Jesus Christ” together!