We are The Movement at PBC. Back in the days of the Roman Empire, the people of God were known as The Way. They were the ones following a path and moving along in the same direction in the midst of a culture that was vastly different from them. The Way was a counter-cultural group of Jesus followers, and that is what The Movement is in 2018. We follow Jesus in three ways: we gather, we grow, and we go. What does that look like? We’re glad you asked.
The Movement gathers, grows, and goes in the name of our mission, which is to make disciples that love God, love Jesus, and serve others from Versailles to the ends of the Earth. Every time we gather, every time we grow, every time we go…it is all to achieve this mission!
The Movement gathers together for worship that stirs us to live lives of worship. We are made to worship, simple as that. Worship is living to praise, be it focused on God or something else. We are constantly praising, adoring, and focusing all of our attention places, all because we are made to worship! So, as The Movement, we gather together to worship. We sing, pray, read Scripture, and give, all as acts of worship together as a group. However, Jesus did not ask us to follow on two days of the week, and so our gathering to worship is meant to excite us and jumpstart our daily worship throughout the week.
Gathering for worship is key for The Movement, which is why we get together as a student ministry on Wednesday nights and Sunday nights for Bible study and prayer, and its why we join the rest of the church on Sunday mornings for worship. These times are our jump off point to lives of worship, so they are the foundation in our weekly ministry.
Nehemiah 8:9-12; Psalm 16; Matthew 6:9-13; Mark 12:28-31; Luke 6:45; John 17:18-21; Acts 2:41-47; Romans 1:16, 10:13-15, 12:1-21, 15:1-7; 1 Corinthians 15:1-4; Ephesians 4-6; Colossians 1:9-14, 3:5-14; 2 Timothy 3:14-4:8; Hebrews 10:19-31
The Movement grows through discipleship, especially in small groups and in families. We don’t just gather for worship; we also grow in our relationship with Jesus. The churchy word for that is “discipleship:” walking with Jesus, coming to believe in Him and live with Him as our Lord. That’s what it means to be a disciple, or follower, of Jesus! Followers in The Movement are believers in Jesus Christ as Lord, baptized and now learning what life as a Christian looks like.
We do this in two main ways in The Movement. First, we have Sunday School small groups that team adults and teens together in an effort to lead teenagers into deeper relationships with Jesus. Second, we partner with parents to help them disciple and train their children to be followers of their Lord.
Matthew 28:18-20; Luke 6:40, 9:57-62, 14:27; John 8:31-32, 13:34-35, 15:1-17; Acts 2:41-47; 1 Corinthians 11:1; Galatians 6:6; 2 Timothy 3:16-17; Titus 2:1-8
The Movement goes out in the name of Jesus to Versailles and beyond. We may gather for worship and grow through discipleship, but both of these naturally fuel a person to go! A movement is dynamic, changing and advancing, and The Movement is no different. A person that lives a life of worship and is a true, growing disciple of Christ will be compelled to tell the good news of Jesus and do good to all as have need in the name of their Savior.
We go through mission trips, service projects, and a number of other avenues, but the main time The Movement goes is in our day-to-day lives. Just like worship and discipleship, a mission-minded (or going) person is always looking to love others through sharing Christ and helping as they can. Our God loves us immensely, and we in return love our neighbors as ourselves.
Matthew 5:14-16, 9:37-38, 28:18-20; Mark 6:7; Luke 24:49; John 15:16, 20:21; Acts 1:8, 2:41-47; Romans 10:9-17; 1 John 1:2-3