Evangelism and Missions
Jesus gave the church the Great Commission: Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit (Matthew 28:19). While this mandate includes preparing our local congregation through verse-by-verse Bible teaching so they can be prepared for effective evangelism in our communities, it also goes to the ends of the earth. We fulfill Jesus’ worldwide directive in three specific ways. First, we send our sermons and writings to the world through our media platforms via the internet. Secondly, we financially support missionaries who live in foreign lands who spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ to people who never heard the good news. Lastly, we financially support local churches in foreign lands in order for them to reach their own communities in their own native language. We come along side those churches and provide sound teaching resources to help them glorify Christ by being biblical in all facets of their church ministry. From Genesis through Revelation, Scripture presents evangelism and missions as the means through which God reaches the nations. Therefore, The Master’s Church selectively supports missionaries and churches that are in line with our theology and philosophy of ministry.
Sunday Morning Bible Study
The Master’s Church currently offers a Sunday morning Bible Study beginning at 9:30. We follow a semester style schedule with breaks for summer and Christmas. We are currently studying Systematic Theology. All the great doctrines of the faith are explored in detail and contrasted with unbiblical views that have plagued the church for the last 2,000 years. It is our desire to help those who attend to become informed disciples of the Lord Jesus Christ by giving them a solid biblical foundation of theology. The local church is God’s primary agency to instruct believers in this present age. It is our purpose then to prepare believers to be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth (2 Timothy 2:15). This focus on synthesizing and systematizing God’s Word will challenge and equip each believer to be thoroughly equipped for every good work (2 Timothy 3:17) and foster a passionate relationship with Jesus Christ.
Home Bible Studies
At various times during the week our congregation meets together in Home Bible Studies just as the early church did. Acts 2:42, 46-47 gives us some insight into what they did: 42 And they continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in prayers … 46 So continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, they ate their food with gladness and simplicity of heart, 47 praising God and having favor with all the people. Those early Jerusalem believers met for congregational worship in the Jewish Temple and then from house to house eating and praising God together. Later as the persecution against the church ramped up in Jerusalem they no longer assembled at the Temple, but met in house churches for Sunday worship. The precedent drawn from this is that the early church met more than just on Sundays. In light of this precedent, our Home Bible Studies meet in people’s homes throughout the week. These studies are intentional in studying the Bible together in order to foster discipleship and spiritual growth in Christ.
Men and Women’s Fellowship
Men and women’s fellowships are great opportunities to build strong relationships that encourage and sharpen each other in the faith. The men and women of The Master’s Church will periodically get together throughout the year for a variety of social events. As a church centered on the truth of Scripture, we want to provide venues in which men can be encouraged to live as godly men and women can be encouraged to live as godly women in their respective roles spelled out in Scripture. Our hope is these fellowships will provide a strong connection for spiritual discussions and accountability so that they cause, the growth of the body for the building up of itself in love (Ephesians 4:16).
The Master’s Church Care Team is designed to enrich, serve, and provide a support system for those in the church body who are going through adversity, crisis or a major life event. The Care Team also encourages church staff and volunteers in their efforts to serve the Lord Jesus Christ and other members of His body. This ministry comes right out of the mandates found in the New Testament concerning service, care and comfort as summed up in 1 Corinthians 12:24-25: 24 God has so composed the body, giving more abundant honor to that member which lacked, 25 so that there may be no division in the body, but that the members may have the same care for one another.
A love feast was a fellowship meal eaten by Christians in the early church. Early believers gathered, not just for the sake of socializing, but for the sake of true fellowship in the Gospel. The phrase “love feast” appears in the Bible in the book of Jude 12. The author of the letter speaks of false teachers who come to disturb these feasts: These are spots in your love feasts, while they feast with you without fear, serving only themselves. The meal finds its origin in the Last Supper when Jesus and His disciples ate a special Passover meal together. In was on that night that Jesus instituted a new ordinance for the church to keep the Lord’s Supper. Jesus ate with His disciples and taught them to be servants of one another. In light of this New Testament precedent, we at The Master’s Church practice this biblical tradition at various times throughout the year by celebrating meals together after church.