Getting to Know Jesus – Like the Growth of a Vine
As our mission states: we exist to love and lead people in a GROWING relationship with Jesus Christ. You don’t grow in any relationship if you don’t spend time with that person and learn more about them. The same goes for your relationship with Christ. You can believe in someone and not know them. You can rely on someone and not know them. You cannot relate to someone you don’t know. So how do you get to know Jesus? Jesus likened our relationships with Him to the growth of a vine…
“I am the vine; you are the branches. Those who remain in me, and I in them, will produce much fruit. For apart from me you can do nothing.”
– John 15:5, NLT
Intimacy with God – Planting the Roots of the Vine
As in a grapevine where everything begins with the strong roots of the vine, so we believe that everything begins with developing a connection with our Heavenly Father. This is done as we spend time with Him in worship during the moments of our day, in reading the Bible and in prayer. These steps and those outlined below help us grow in our intimacy with God.
Community with Believers – Growing Branches
We are not meant to grow alone. Just as a grapevine becomes stronger and bears more fruit as it grows more branches, all of us have a deep need and desire to live in community – to be known and to know others, to love and be loved by others, and to create real friendships that stick with us through thick and thin. Whether it is connecting to a small group or even serving on a ministry team, you will have an opportunity to make a connection with other people seeking an intimate relationship with God, JUST LIKE YOU!
Influence with Outsiders – Branching Out and Speaking Up
All of us have been “outsiders” at some point in our lives. And at times we have known the comfort of being connected. The Bible is clear that God is always on the lookout for those who are on the “outs” with Him, either by their choice or by circumstance. If God is looking out for them and wants to connect with them, why wouldn’t we do the same? One of the ways we grow closer to God is by investing in those He loves, which includes everyone we meet. And when we meet them we want to: 1) make an investment in their lives, because they matter to God, and 2) extend an invitation to church, because they matter to us.
Surrender of Self – Allowing God to Be Fruitful Through Our Lives
The most enduring symbol of Christianity for the past 2,000 years has been a cross. Why? Because the cross powerfully symbolizes Christ’s ultimate sacrifice for us. If we follow someone who is known for His sacrifice, doesn’t it make sense that we would be known for our willingness to sacrifice? At Keystone we want to provide opportunities for you to surrender and sacrifice for the sake of others – to share the fruit of the Spirit with others. These opportunities arise in small ways and big ways, but always we will challenge you to follow the example of Christ and learn how to lay down the priorities of your life for His sake and the sake of the world.
Check out the Next Steps page for practical steps you can take to grow closer to God.