I believe that the Well is going to become a dynamic and diverse ministry that will impact the lives of thousands of young adults every week.
My message was from Matthew 28:16-20 . . . a.k.a. the Great Commission. As we studied this passage I shared what I see as the keys to this vision becoming a reality. I used an acronym to help people to remember what we are expecting of every person involved with this ministry.
Here it is: WATER.
Worship–Matthew writes, “When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted” (Mt. 28:17). This worship was not planned, orchestrated, or accompanied by a snazzy media shout presentation. It was pure unadulterated worship . . . and exactly what should happen any time a Christ-follower encounters his/her savior.
Action–To his disciples Jesus said, “Go” (Mt. 28:19). We can’t follow Jesus and stay where we are. Jesus expects us to leave our comfort zone and go throughout the world–and our home towns–with the message of his saving love. It’s not rocket science. We must find something to do for God and start doing it.
Teamwork–Life was not meant to be lived alone, especially the Christian life. The idea of partnership is throughout the Great Commission. The Disciples are a team. They are commanded to team up with lost people in “all nations” and help them to become disciples and, before they are dismissed with their assignment, Jesus reminds them that he is going to be teamed with them always, “to the very end of the age” (Mt. 28:20). If the vision for The Well is to become a reality we must team up with a fellow Christian and with a small group for accountability and discipleship.
Equipping–Jesus commands his disciples to equip other people by making “disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you” (Mt. 28:19,20). We must seek out opportunities to both be equipped and to equip others for the mission to which God has called us.
Relationships–The last words of Jesus–“And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age” (Mt. 28:20)–are his promise to be in a relationship with all of his disciples until the end of time. I define evangelism as: “An intentional relationship through which we introduce someone to Jesus Christ.” I challenged the people at The Well last night to seek out relationships with other Christians, but also to seek out relationships with “sinners.” Christians are not permitted to isolate themselves from this world. Isolation from “sinners” in this world is disobedience. Evangelism is not a problem of education, but of affection. We don’t need more sermons on sharing our faith; we need more Christians who love lost people.
So, pray for us, as we seek to fulfill God’s will for The Well and for young adults in Jacksonville by sharing living WATER with all who thirst.