In Matthew 28:18-20, Jesus gave His followers an explicit mission to accomplish: make disciples. Because we are a part of Christ’s Church, we take that as our mission as well. A disciple is a person who is being shaped by the will of the Father, pursuing the likeness of Jesus Christ the Son, and being transformed by the Holy Spirit. (Luke 6:40 and 14:33, John 8:31 and 15:8, Romans 12:2, Titus 2:11-14, Ephesians 4:23-24)We seek to make disciples in three primary ways:
- Proclamation – We make disciples through an expository preaching ministry that is founded on the Word of God, centered on Christ, and applied to the heart. (Acts 8:4, 15:35, Romans 10:14, 1 Corinthians 1:17, 2 Timothy 4:2, Titus 1:3)
- Singing – We make disciples through singing songs to God and one another that are richly drawn from the Word of God and saturated in Gospel truth. (Ephesians 5:19, Colossians 3:16)
- Relationships – We make disciples in relationship with one another by serving and building one another up in the Gospel. (Romans 15:5, 1 Thessalonians 5:11, Hebrews 10:25)
Equipping the Church
The teaching and small group ministries of our church exist to equip every Christ follower to make disciples. Our desire is that every Christ follower who belongs to our church is equipped to actively engage in disciple making. (Ephesians 4:11-16, 2 Timothy 3:14-17, Hebrews 13:20-21)
Reaching the World
All of humanity is divided into two groups: those who are in Christ and those who are outside of Christ. As a local church, it is our mission to reach those outside of Christ, both locally and globally. The Bible calls these people “the world” (John 3:17). We do this through engaging the world in love and mercy and evangelizing the world with the Gospel (2 Corinthians 5:20).
With the Gospel of Jesus Christ – Our message is the most important aspect of our mission. We are worthless without it (1 Corinthians 15:17). Disciples are made by the transforming power of the Gospel (Romans 12:2, 2 Corinthians 3:18). The equipping of the church begins and is completed as disciples mature in their understanding of the Gospel (Ephesians 4:13). The world is reached only if they have heard the Gospel (Romans 10:14).
With the Gospel of Jesus Christ
What is this Gospel?
It is the Good News centered on the person and work of Jesus Christ. Even while we were in sinful rebellion against Him, God loved us and showed mercy to us, and gave us His Son, Jesus Christ. Though He lived a sinless life, Jesus was nailed to a cross and killed to take the punishment that we deserve for our sin. God raised Jesus from the dead and seated Him in a position of ultimate authority thereby giving us the hope of eternal life. When we, by the grace of God, repent and put our faith in Jesus Christ we are saved from our sin. In so doing we are adopted by the Father, justified in Christ, and increasingly sanctified by the Spirit. (1 Peter 1:3, John 3:16, Romans 5:1, Ephesians 1:20, Ephesians 2:4-9, Corinthians 5:21)