Evangelism – Relational Evangelism is our main strategy to connect the disconnected in our community. This takes place when members of NCC share their faith naturally in the course of their daily lives (Matthew 28:19-20). In the original language of the New Testament it reads “as you are going… make disciples…” We are commended in 1 Peter 3:15 to “be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have.” It is the expectation of every disciple of Jesus to constantly share the Good News of Jesus in words and in actions.
Worship – A second strategy is our Sunday morning worship service. For most newcomers, the worship service is the first place they will come when someone invites them to church. So, our services are designed with outsiders in mind. Everything, from the greeters, to children’s check-in, to the music, lighting, videos, message, etc is designed to connect the disconnected to Christ and to our church.
Missions – Our third strategy is in our missions. We are commissioned in Matthew 28 to make disciples of “all nations” so we aggressively participate in reaching people in other parts of the country and around the world. NCC is affiliated with the Southern Baptist Convention for the purpose of missions. We give monthly to the cooperative program which supports foreign missionaries around the world. We are currently developing a strategy to reach our surrounding communities better with the Gospel. We also financially support missionaries all over the world who are planting churches, raising up leaders and reaching the lost
Small Groups – God dwells in a small group (Trinity). Jesus established a small group (Disciples). To receive and benefit from all that God has in store for us, we too must surround ourselves in small groups that will help us become like Christ. We believe that the best way for spiritual growth to take place is in the context of small group relationships. Growth is relational. Life change happens in the context of caring relationships. In a group, you will be able to care for and be cared for by others.
Prayer – Jesus made it clear by His example and His teaching that prayer is necessary to hear from God. In Matthew 21:13 Jesus told His Disciples that “‘My house will be called a house of prayer…” making it clear that prayer should always be a priority for Gods people. Jesus talked about prayer, but He also modeled a prayerful life. He prayed in the Garden of Gethsemane before going to die on the cross for our sin, and Luke 5:16 reveals that Jesus “often withdrew to lonely places and prayed.”
Bible Study – There are two primary ways in which we will study God’s Word. The sermons given each Sunday are designed to “teach, rebuke, correct, and train.” 2 Timothy 3:14-17 declares, “But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have become convinced of, because you know those from whom you learned it, 15 and how from infancy you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. 16 All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, 17 so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.” We also believe that as believers we are to study the scriptures on ourown. Luke tells us in the book of Acts that the Bereans were more noble than the Thessalonians because they not only heard the Word but they studied it day after to day to see if what Paul was preaching was true. Therefore, we should strive to be the same way and study the Word of God on our own.
Serving – Ephesians 4:11-13 reveals that Jesus “…gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, 12 to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up 13 until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.”
Maturity in Christ then is based on how much we look like, think like, and act like Jesus. One of the greatest, most amazing characteristics of Jesus was how He became a servant for us. In fact, Jesus said of Himself in Mark 10:45, “The son of man did not come to be served, but to serve and give His life as a ransom for many.” Therefore, serving God and others is a measure of maturity.
Generosity – God was generous with us in sending His son as the payment of our sin debt. He has also been generous in everything else. He has given us the World to steward (Psalm 24:1), meanwhile He is building another place for us to enjoy Him forever in Heaven (John 14:3). Therefore, we are going to be generous in giving back to His Kingdom work. We will contribute on an “as needed basis” to projects at our church and on a “regular basis” as to not hinder the advancement of the Gospel and the care of the congregants. Our generosity is seen through our financial giving, our using our talents and gifts for serving others, and the time we offer give to the building up of our church.
Multiplying – The reason that we are Christians today is because the model of discipleship is a model of multiplication. In Acts 2:47 the Lord added daily to the number of disciples that were being saved. By Acts 6:7 we read, “And the word of God continued to increase, and the number of the disciples multiplied greatly in Jerusalem…” The reason is that a Disciple of Jesus is someone who makes Disciples that makes Disciples. The Discipleship model that Jesus taught is a multiplying system that exists so that as many people as possible (the nations) will hear and know His Gospel. Multiplication is less about managing an institution and more about fanning a Kingdom Movement. A desire to multiply is founded in the great commission as modeled by Jesus so that as many lives and communities as possible are changed.