Connect Points

In our fast-paced, demanding society, getting connected and staying connected to God, our church, our friends, and our family requires a deliberate effort and a well-designed plan to keep our priorities in the proper order.  At Mt. Zion, as part of our effort to fulfill our vision and mission, we have adopted the following connect points.  We hope you will allow these points to serve as your personal guide on your journey to leading an overcoming life.  Are YOU connected?

1. Personal Devotion—Private Prayer and the Word

Daily devotion is imperative for a productive and living connection to God.  There’s no minimum or maximum time limit set; this is simply your personal time alone with God and His Word.  The Apostle Paul’s instruction to the Thessalonians was “Pray without ceasing.”  Daily devotion—connection to God—gives God an opportunity to speak into your life and direct your steps.

2. Prayer—Corporate/Public Prayer

Mt. Zion does not have a designated Prayer service as such.  Our times of corporate/ public prayer occur in the thirty minutes prior to the beginning of every service.

A.    Mt. Zion is also open each Sunday morning at Six AM to Seven AM for prayer.

B.    Periodically, Mt. Zion will engage in extended times of nightly prayer.  During such times the church is open each night from Six Thirty to Seven Thirty PM for prayer.

3. The Word

The Psalmist David wrote, “Thy Word have I hid in my heart that I might not sin against thee.”  This connect point is three fold.
(1) Daily personal Bible reading should be apart of your daily devotion plan.  A wide variety of reading plans are available; whatever plan you choose, the important matter is connecting to the Word daily.
(2) In addition, we want everyone at Mt. Zion to attend a Sunday School class, regularly.  Classes for children and adults are geared to impart the Word of God in ways that help us understand its application to daily life.  They help establish a firm foundation by providing a forum for teaching and discussion of Biblical principles.  Counteracting society’s influence on our thinking requires more than attendance at and participation in worship services; it requires knowing and studying the Word, and involvement in a Sunday School class. This is one way to allow the Word to take root in our hearts.  Get connected to the Word each week through Sunday School!
(3) On Wednesday evening we have an open and engaging Bible Class taught by our Pastor.  This is your opportunity to ask the questions that are important to you.  Your questions will be addressed in a sincere and respectful manner. The Pastor will personally research any questions that may require a deeper insight than time will allow in our allotted time frame, and contact you with his answer, or address it in the next class.

4. Fasting

There are a multitude of scriptures regarding fasting.  In Joel the commandment of the Lord was, “…turn ye even to me with all your heart, and with fasting…” Jesus instructed the disciples, saying, “This kind can come forth by nothing, but by prayer and fasting…” Jesus himself fasted forty days.  So it is that we as 21st century apostolics follow the practice of fasting.  Fasting can take many forms.  You can fast a particular favorite food for a specific amount of time.  You can fast one meal or three meals.  You can fast a day, where you eat only one late afternoon/evening meal per day.  There are specific kinds of fasts for specific needs.  Search the scriptures.  Make fasting a regular part of your service to God.  Mt. Zion at times will engage in corporate fasts at which times all members of the church are asked to participate as a unified effort.

A.    Every Wednesday is weekly fast for Mt. Zion.  All members are asked to fast from midnight until 4:00 PM.

B.    Mt. Zion engages in a 3 day fast (72 hours) each December 29-31st.  This fast is concluded with our Watch-Night Vespers service which includes times of praise and worship, preaching, foot washing, and communion.  Over the years we have found it to be very beneficial to conclude the outgoing year by giving thanks to god for having brought us through.  The New Year is then brought in with a scrumptious “break-the-fast’ (breakfast).

C.    Special times of corporate fasting are called by the Pastor as circumstances may require.  At such times we are petitioning God for some very urgent need.  Such times are rare, but experience teaches us to keep the weapons of our warfare ready.

5.  Communion

Communion is the one word description for the Lord’s Supper because in it we commune with Jesus Christ and with one another, making it the most powerful and beneficial of all connect points for the body of Christ.   1 Corinthians 10:16, The cup of blessing which we bless, is it not the communion of the blood of Christ?  The bread which we break, is it not the communion of the body of Christ?  In the Lord’s Supper we not only “…show forth His death…”, but when properly approached, His resurrection life is imparted to us in a fresh outpouring of His Spirit, bringing healing and deliverance upon His people.

6.  Worship

The thread of worship winds its way from Genesis to Revelation.  We hear Abraham saying, “I and the lad will go yonder and worship” (Genesis 22).  We find John in Revelation commanding simply, “Worship God.” We rejoice in the Psalms as David the worshiper cries, “O come let us worship…” In Hebrews the command is clear, “…let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works, Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together…so much the more as ye see the day approaching.”  The day of His coming is nearer than ever before. In worship we can ready ourselves by the strength and power found only in His presence.

7. Evangelism—Give Me Five!

Luke recorded the singular mission of Jesus Christ: “The Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.”  We read in John 4 that the woman at the well in Samaria actually led her city to Jesus Christ.  Revelation tells us we overcome by the word of our testimony.  “Give Me Five” refers to five people with whom you will connect until they are brought to Christ.  The list of five is made up of three “new” people (those who have never been brought to Christ through salvation) and two people who are “Missing in Action”  (those who used to attend this church but no longer attend church).  We must reach the lost—both those who have never known Him and those who are MIA, for “He is not willing that any should perish!”  Mt. Zion as a church has set Friday night as outreach night in which we will go out in teams of two or more to witness the message of the gospel to the lost, pray for the sick, and invite people to visit our services.  This is a very stimulating time of spiritual growth for all members.  Newer members are always paired with more seasoned saints to make this a truly rewarding and enriching experience.

8.  Discipleship

There were those who followed Jesus from a distance, much like we “follow the news” today.  There were those who followed Him a little more closely—found among the masses here and there as they gathered.  Then there were the twelve-the men who followed Him closely…His disciples.  There was then—and there is now—a price to be paid for discipleship.  His call to discipleship requires a full-life commitment.  It goes beyond church membership and attendance at Sunday services: “Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.  For whosoever will save his life shall lost it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it.  For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?”

9.  Personal Involvement

Mt. Zion provides multiple opportunities for ministry.  While there are specific requirements for certain levels of involvement, there is always something you can do to become involved in a Mt. Zion Ministry.  From parking lot assistants to Sunday School teachers, Community Care to Family Enrichment, there is a place for you to give of yourself.  Ministry opportunities are available in the following areas:  Campus Operations, Children’s Ministry, Christian Education, Community Care, Discipling, Family Enrichment, Guest Relations, Home Bible Studies, Hospitality, Information Services, Music, Prayer, Senior Citizens, Singles, Specialized Ministries, Technical, Global Missions, Youth…You have a God-given ability and He wants you to share with others.  We will help you find your place!

10. Fellowship

As we study the book of Acts, we find that they “continued steadfastly” in the Apostles’ Doctrine, fellowship, breaking bread, and prayer.  We cannot neglect the value of fellowship with likeminded believers.  John wrote, “…If we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.” Invite someone to your house for dinner!  Or, make plans to meet someone at a local restaurant and share a “dutch treat” meal.  Go for a walk with a friend or two.  Create opportunities in your life for fellowship!

A.    Each first Sunday of the month is fellowship Sunday at Mt. Zion.  On this day new members are officially welcomed into the fellowship of our Church family during our morning service.  Dinner is served following the service as an opportunity for us to just spend time together as a church family.  Visitors are included in this time of fellowship as well as our members.

Family Night

Monday night is Family Night at Mt. Zion.  No event or activities are placed on our church calendar for Monday evenings in order to allow our church family to set aside this one evening for special time together with their families.  As a church, we are committed to building strong Christian families.  We believe our community, our state, and our nation can be strengthened.  Make sure your family has Family Night!  Family devotions are strongly encouraged during this time.