Jeff Stueve kicked off the Windows series with a message on purpose--specifically the purpose of the church. He reminded us that our beliefs will color the way we perceive events and decisions in the world. He told about a model he uses in some of his courses call the BoLD model, which stands for Believe, Learn, and Do. What we believe drives us to learn about something and, we hope, what we learn is expressed by what we do. All three parts should be aligned. For example, if we believe the purpose of the church flows from Matthew 18:18-20, we would be driven to learn more about making disciples of Christ--and how to be better disciples of Christ ourselves. But we wouldn't stop with just learning, we would actually go out and seek those who do not know Christ and help them to become devoted disciples of His. We need to regularly examine the purpose of the church because it should be our window on everything we do as a church.
Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make 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. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” Matthew 28:18-20 (NIV)