Changed Lives. Period.
This simple statement has been a theme for ministry at Turning Point. It is a known and valued expression for what the church is all about…CHANGED LIVES.
Our strategy is to lead toward life change by staging intentional steps along a discipling pathway: PLANT, ROOT, BUILD-UP & REPRODUCE. These farming rhythms are an obvious part of our community’s proud agricultural heritage. And, we transfer that model of growth to our own spiritual development and mission.
In order to achieve our mission, we want to see people planted in the Lord and in our church community — [Psalm 92:13-14] “Planted in the house of the LORD, they will flourish in the courts of our God. They will still bear fruit in old age, they will stay fresh and green.” When a seed is planted, it goes all-in surrendering itself to the soil. As the nutrients surround and feed the seed, the hardened shell dies to itself and opens the way to fulfill its purpose. Likewise, we need to be planted to fulfill our purpose. Part of being planted means being joined to a faith community. We want people who are attending Turning Point to be more deeply connected with our spiritual family and become planted here.
Putting down roots involves being a part of our faith community, having an opportunity to serve, and a learning a healthy routine for practicing spiritual disciplines. Throughout the New Testament we see the effect of people who not only believe, but root. “All the believers devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching, and to fellowship, and to sharing in meals (including the Lord’s Supper), and to prayer.” [Acts 2:42]. The impact of rooting down resulted in significant life change in them and through them. “And each day the Lord added to their fellowship those who were being saved.” [Acts 2:47].
Ephesians 4 directs leaders “to equip God’s people to do his work and build up the church the body of Christ.” [v.13]. Biblically, there are high expectations for Christ followers. Throughout scripture we can read Jesus saying things like, “You cannot be My disciple unless…” and “This is how you know you are My disciple if…” At Turning Point, we want to build up believers to fulfill those expectations and confidently follow Christ in any season and every circumstance.
The word ADOPTION suits the change that is targeted as we build up disciples, because “build up” can have a negative connotation. When there is high volume of anything building up it can lead to unhealthy results. The Apostle Paul referred to that kind of build-up as “puffed up with pride” [Romans 11:21]. Instead, we want Turning Point disciples to receive a spirit of adoption, where resources are acquired and information gained to help us learn who we are and to grow in our stewardship of our spiritual inheritance.
The goal for our pathway is to have disciples who make a Kingdom impact. We believe that the highest form of spiritual maturity is often evidenced as mission. Living as influencers, Turning Point disciples find ways to bring light into darkness. As followers of Jesus we are sent every day to “let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.” [Matthew 5:16]. We want our disciples to look for opportunities to lead people closer to Christ. Discipleship is never complete without making other disciples. “Jesus called out to them, ‘Come follow me, and I will show you how to fish for people!" [Matthew 4:19].
We want to challenge our disciples to go intentionally, to neighborhoods and nations. We will offer training and resources to help each of us love the lost, live missionally, and engage our city and the world with the hope of Christ.