More than a Goal
Making Jesus Known is not only the goal of St James, but is also a definition of how we seek to shape all our ministry and mission – everything we do, in other words!
To be able to make Jesus known we have to:
Know him ourselves. This means knowing about Jesus: his birth, his life, his personality, his teaching, all the things he did, his struggles, his death, his resurrection and his ongoing work. It also means knowing him in the sense of being in relationship with him. Knowing Jesus should be both very personal and very public.
- Live by his commands and teaching. Whilst making Jesus known by talking about him is very important, our actions will often speak more loudly than our words.
- Become like him. This may sound impossible or irreverent, but it is God’s own goal. So, for us, it is about trusting God, relying on him and joining in with his work. Though the work will not be complete until the last day, it begins as soon as we give our life to him. When we submit to God, this work is not done by us but by the Holy Spirit; the Bible calls it ‘sanctification’. The more we become like Jesus, the more we will reveal him to others.
As a church, therefore, in saying that ‘Making Jesus Known’ is our goal, we are committing to shape and test all that we do to ensure that it is grounded in prayer and reflection on Jesus’ own mission and ministry; that it is entirely consistent with his commands and teaching; and that, as a church, we increasingly reflect the person of Jesus and so glorify God.
What about God the Father and the Holy Spirit?
Jesus, whilst remaining God, became completely human, like us. He died at our hands on the cross. He took all that is wrong in the world, and in us, on his shoulders. He became sin for us (2 Cor 5.21). Jesus is therefore, for us, the Way the Truth and the Life. No one can come to the Father except through him (John 14.6).
The Holy Spirit
At St James we eagerly seek to be constantly filled with the Holy Spirit, that we may be sanctified and our lives transformed, and that we may be fully equipped to make Jesus known.