Connecting with god
When we say we want to lead people to connect with God, we mean that we want them to know and worship Him. We don’t simply strive to climb an intellectual ladder, but we seek to hold to sound doctrine, which inevitably results in godly living. Our desire is to help foster a personal relationship with Christ, a hunger for his word, and desire to fellowship with him in worship. Worship is the motivation for disciple-making..
And because that is true, worship extends far beyond Sunday morning—so much so that Sunday mornings should only make up a small portion of your weekly worship. Life consists of constant worship because each of us were wired for worship. The question is, what is the object of our worship. Good things that are gifts from God can become objects of our worship, but our attitudes, actions, and affections should orient us towards our Creator, not creation. 1 Corinthians 10:31 says, “So whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do it all to the glory of God.” One of the most basic human actions, such as eating and drinking, are to be done in a manner that brings honor and glory to God. There are no neutral desires or deeds—everything is an expression of worship.
Connecting with Others
Scripture teaches that the God we worship is Triune (Tri-Unity). The Trinity is a blessed and wonderful mystery that teaches God exists eternally as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. That means that there has never been a time when the Father, the Son, or the Holy Spirit did not exist, but each have always existed. Christians have historically understood the Trinity in these terms: One essence, Three Persons. We do not believe in three gods, nor do we believe that God exists in modes (sometimes as Father, other times as Son, and other times as Spirit). In being distinctly Trinitarian, we recognize that God is communal and has always dwelt in perfect love, harmony, unity and joy.
When God created man “in his image,” he bore the imprint of the Trinity. We believe all people have been created in the image of God, thus we were created, not for isolation, but for community (with God, and others). Coggin, as a local expression of the church, is a family where we invite others to belong. This is a radical counter-invitation to the cultural expectation, which is “casual church going.” We invite people to truly know others and be known by others. Community is the context for disciple-making..
Connecting Through Service
Shortly before Jesus went to the cross we find him doing something that is quite remarkable. In the upper room before they broke bread, Jesus took a basin of water, wrapped himself in a towel, and began to wash the feet of the disciples (even Judas, who would betray him). Here we have the anointed King and the only begotten Son of God, who stoops low and takes upon a task that is meant for the lowest of servants. Jesus was modeling what he told his disciples many times before, “If you wish to be great, make yourself the least.” Service is the outflow of disciple-making..
Connecting through service is motivated by our King who made himself low in order to reconcile us to the Father. God spared no expense in reaching us, nor should we spare any expense in meeting the needs of those within the church and outside the church.
How does Coggin nurture connection through service? This is accomplished through encouraging our people to volunteer their time with various community events (Fall Festival, Family Outdoor Expo), our Awana children’s program, our 180 youth program, Love Brownwood Open Gym, our ESL courses, teaching a Sunday School class, Celebrate Recovery, and our choir/music ministry. While we offer several ministry and service opportunities, we invite our members to be creative and seek to meet needs that aren’t being met. If you need help discerning your gifting, we offer an online assessment that's meant to be a tool to help you discover your gifting.
Connecting to the World
The Great Commissions tells us that we have work to do in our city and to the ends of the earth. Our goal is to make disciples who seek to make disciples and our love for God and love for others is increased and empowered when we train others to do the same. This isn’t merely the call of the collective church, but of every individual disciple of Christ. Making disciples is the result of disciple-making.
What if it is not by chance that you live on Good Shepherd, 1st Street, or Austin Avenue? What if it's not by accident that your kid's T-ball team is filled with parents that don't know Jesus? God has determined these seemingly insignificant details of your life and has placed you there for kingdom purposes. We make disciples by living with the purpose to make God known and enjoyed. Therefore, your home, job, and kids' extracurriculars are all divinely orchestrated opportunities for
you to be faithful in your mission and bring glory to God by making-disciples.