Life Marks are a set of attributes in an individual’s life that reflect the Church’s Mission.
As a result of Connecting People to Life in Jesus, we expect that followers of Jesus who are actively engaged in our Strategy (lifeWorship, lifeGroup, lifeServe) at the Church will be able to say:
- I am Sustained by the Word
- I am Dependent on Christ
- I am a Visible Reflection of Jesus
- I am the Missional Heartbeat of God.
I encourage each of you to take 10 minutes to take a closer look at the Life Marks and consider how these look in your life. Are you actively engaged in following Jesus in each of these ways? Does looking through any of these give you an idea of something you want to follow up on?
- Set a timer and take two minutes each (eight minutes total) to look at the detailed descriptions/questions under each Life Mark. Write down your answers to each question.
- Take two more minutes to review all you’ve written and thought about and see if anything comes up that you’d like to change.
After doing this brief reflection, I feel led to take next steps on “I am a visible reflection of Jesus.” Specifically, I’d like to improve at listening to God, and noticing and taking opportunities to bless neighbors and friends. Whether this is your first time reading through the Life Marks in detail or you helped write them, reflecting on them and how they look for you today could help you find a way to draw closer to Jesus. And that is what we strive to do at the Church – connect people to life in Jesus.
I AM Sustained by the Word.
Bible: Am I reading, reflecting on, and responding to God’s Word daily?
Grow: Would people closest to me recognize that I have a growing relationship with Jesus?
Worship: Does personal and public worship hold a sacred place in my life?
Community: Am I being sharpened by God’s Word in relationship with other Christians?
I AM Dependent on Christ.
Grace: Have I received Jesus by faith and do I allow Him to love and accept me in spite of who I am? (Galatians 2:21)
Surrender: Am I giving up my idols to give Jesus center stage in my life?
Focus: Do my calendar, relationships, and checkbook display that I am fully relying on God?
Prayer: Am I pursuing a more intimate relationship with God by allowing time for conversation with Him?
I AM a Visible Reflection of Jesus.
Love: Am I intentionally blessing neighbors and friends with a compassionate heart?
Obey: Am I listening for what God wants me to do and following through?
Purpose: Can I complete this statement: “I am making disciples and glorifying God by ______________?”
Team: Am I playing my part well alongside others to make a Kingdom impact? (Ephesians 4:16 & Nehemiah 2:18b)
I AM the Missional Heartbeat of God.
Discern: Who is God placing on my impact list?
Friend: Do I delight in sharing my life with others? (1 Thess. 2:8)
Proclaim: Am I prepared and willing to speak the truth about Jesus when given the opportunity? (1 Peter 3:15)
Teach: Am I helping another believer live life with Jesus? (2 Timothy 2:2)