Our Church mission Statement is "Know God and make him known". To achieve this we must combine the actions of our head, heart and hands. We can know God and make him known intellectually but is that enough? We could know God and make him known in our hearts but that could lead to a sentimentalist/individualistic form of belief. Or we could know God and make him known through our actions alone, however the trap with this thinking is that we start to believe we can save ourselves through our works. We need all 3 aspects of our Faith in God - head, heart and hands to grow in our faith.
We are called to a lifelong growing experience as followers of Jesus and it is not all D.I.Y. We need others to sharpen us and to mould us. That is to a large extent the purpose of the church. As Paul writes in Ephesians we are intended to be "mature in the Lord" and "growing in every way more and more like Christ". So let's get to work!
11 Now these are the gifts Christ gave to the church:the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, and the pastors and teachers. 12 Their responsibility is to equip God’s people to do his work and build up the church, the body of Christ. 13 This will continue until we all come to such unity in our faith and knowledge of God’s Son that we will be mature in the Lord, measuring up to the full and complete standard of Christ.
14 Then we will no longer be immature like children. We won’t be tossed and blown about by every wind of new teaching. We will not be influenced when people try to trick us with lies so clever they sound like the truth. 15 Instead, we will speak the truth in love, growing in every way more and more like Christ, who is the head of his body, the church
(Ephesians 4:11-15 NLTse)