This is Jesus’ invitation to every one of us.
But what exactly is he inviting us to?
Be With, Become Like, & Do As Jesus
At Park Church, we believe Jesus is the hope of the world. And we’re convinced that the best way for others to encounter and be drawn to him is by seeing his life embodied within the community of his followers: the church. If that’s true, then the question that matters is: What does it mean to follow Jesus? When Jesus invited people to follow him, what exactly was he inviting them to?
In short, we believe that when Jesus invites us to follow him – he’s inviting us to be with him, to become like him, and to do as he did. As we learn to be with him in all of life, we become like him – so that we can do what he did. As his followers, these are the three goals that we are to orient our lives around. It is simple, and yet powerful. It is easy to understand, but it is the challenge of a lifetime. We invite you to learn to follow Jesus with us.
Be With Jesus
Connected to him.
Following Jesus starts by being with him in all of life through the power of his Spirit, remaining always connected to Jesus, the vine. We learn this through practices like prayer, scripture reading, and silence and solitude – so that we can invite him into the ordinary routines of life.
Become Like Jesus
Transformed by him.
We seek to be with Jesus so that we can become like him. As he transforms us by his Spirit at the deepest levels of our heart, mind, and soul, we increasingly take on his character – becoming people characterized by love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.
Do As Jesus Did.
Living like him in the world.
The end goal of being with and becoming like Jesus, is so that we might do the things that he did: feeding the hungry, sharing the gospel, working for justice, making disciples – and so much more. Essentially, to embody the life, love, and good news of Jesus in the world.