A watermark is a point that represents the maximum rise of a body of water over land. They represent constant movement and growth. We've identified certain "watermarks" associated with a person's spiritual journey at Elevate Christian Church. When a person turns from their sins to Jesus and is saved, we rejoice. However, our work as a church is just beginning. We want to raise that person up to be a fully devoted follower of Jesus, or a "disciple who makes disciples." Our church is committed to this disciple-making process. While each step in a person's spiritual journey is taken deep within the heart, the “watermarks” are easy to spot.
We can’t always see growth happening but you can measure it. We can’t always see the water rising but we can see the watermarks left. At Elevate we want to help the believer in Christ to constantly elevate those watermarks left behind. These are the watermarks we are aiming for:
1. Accept Christ: Baptism
Baptism is a picture of what Jesus did for us. It symbolizes His death, burial, and resurrection. He has commanded those who follow him to be baptized.
"...those who believed and accepted his message were baptized." -Acts 2:41
"...having been buried with him in baptism, in which you were also raised with him through your faith in the working of God, who raised him from the dead." -Colossians 2:12
"We were, therefore, buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life. If we have been united with him like this in his death, we will certainly also be united with him in his resurrection." -Romans 6:4-5
"Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you." -Matthew 28:19-20
2. Worship Together: Attend Services
Another watermark is attending the corporate gathering of the church in worship. Bottom line, if you're a fully devoted follower of Christ, you go to church.
"Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching." -Hebrews 10:23-25
3. Membership: Giving & Ministry
We believe every follower of Christ should be committed to a local church family. Anyone can attend a service, but membership means that a person is committed to the vision of the church by giving and serving.
"No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate one and love the other, or you will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money." -Matthew 6:24
"Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms." -1 Peter 4:10
4. Connected & Growing: Small Groups
Spiritual growth happens as we build relationships with others, study God's Word, and experience life together. Small Groups provide a comfortable environment to do all three.
We know from the book of Acts that the early church met, "...publicly and house to house." -Acts 20:20
5. Reaching Out: Serving Our Community
Jesus taught, "I have not come to be served, but to serve and give my life as a ransom" (Mark 10:45).
You have God-given gifts for ministry and we want to encourage you to put it to good use! One of our key tasks is SERVING OTHERS by generously giving our time, talent and treasures. Where you can serve locally, within Elevate, or globally – there are many opportunities to serve others through Elevate Christian Church!
6. Disciple: Coach
This watermark can happen anytime, anywhere. It's where someone helps another take a step that they themselves have already taken. For instance, if you're attending worship services, invite someone else to attend with you. If you're in a Small Group, invite someone else to attend. If you're leading a Small Group, show someone else how. If you're on a Ministry Team, invite someone to serve with you. We want our people to "make disciples who make disciples."
"Therefore, go and make disciples..." -Matthew 28:19