Hannibal 1st Church of the Nazarene seeks to be a “Kingdom of God Zone.” A place where the Glory of God exist to protect us from the enemy and where every person can recognize and experience the daily activity of Jesus in their personal life, their family, church and community.
Hannibal 1st Church of the Nazarene exists to train, equip, and empower people to follow Jesus.
There are three things that our church values most and we focus on while working to train, equip, and empower people in their relationship with Jesus:
Worship—Glorify God in right relationship with Him through intimacy and relational living.
Family—Growing in relationships with each member.
Discipleship—Equip and train to be followers of Jesus.
WE are a Discipled By Jesus church
Discipled by Jesus is not a program or a curriculum, it is a way of life. It says in 1 John 2:5-6 (NIV) "5 But if anyone obeys his word, God's love is truly made complete in him. This is how we know we are in him: 6 Whoever claims to live in him must walk as Jesus did."
To make walking as Jesus walked possible for us, Jesus wants to disciple us today, just like He did many years ago with Peter, James, and John. He does this by His Spirit, His Body, and His Word.
We seek to listen and learn directly from Jesus daily as a congregation, and as individuals who are willing to follow Jesus and be obedient to all he says to our hearts. How do we accomplish this monumental task of learning to be like Jesus? There are three main areas that we practice regularly:
There are three guiding principles that a disciple of Jesus is committed to follow daily. In every situation we face, no matter what we are doing or where we are we practice asking:
What does Jesus think?
What does Jesus feel?
What does Jesus want?
As a follower of Jesus I am committed to asking Jesus what He is thinking, feeling, and wanting, from me. And I am committed to listening to what He says and adjusting my life, and my heart, to Him.
Five Jesus questions
Jesus is a teacher. Our teacher. The best teachers ask questions of their students. Jesus did this with His 12 disciples when he walked this earth and He does it with us now through His Holy Spirit. When a disciple of Jesus spends quiet time, reading the Word, or praying, it is helpful to take time to answer 5 questions that can be found in Scriptures. These are questions that Jesus asked His disciples in some form or fashion:
Who do you say that I am?
Do you understand what I am doing?
Are you listening to me?
Do you truly love me more than these?
Do you believe?
In every disciples life there should be four main priorities.
Me. This may seem counter intuitive, but if my relationship with Jesus is not right, if I am not deeply committed to being discipled by Jesus daily, growing closer to Him, then nothing else in my life will work. No other priority will matter. I must be right with my Master
Family. There is no one else on earth that is more important to make sure they are able to be close to Jesus than my family. I will disciple them, right or wrong, so it is important to make sure that I am deeply connected to Jesus to be able to listen for the cracks in the heart of those I live with.
Church. Christ made us all part of one body. His body. And so every time Spirit filled individuals get together, Jesus can, and desires to, be there with them. In them. So when Jesus is speaking by His Spirit to one, it is possible, that He is speaking to all of us. We learn to practice together the presence of Jesus every time we meet.
Neighbor. Jesus want's to spread the news of His love and redemption. Every encounter I have with someone, at the Walmart check out, or at the beach, or at work, I am also able to hear Jesus, speak Jesus, and learn from Him. Let Jesus work through me to help others learn about Him.