Church On Mission
The church has a clear biblical mandate to look beyond its own community to the neighborhood, the nation, and the world as a whole; thus mission is not a program in the church but an essential identity of the Church. The Church is the missionary people of God sent into all of life to accomplish his purposes.
We are called to make Christ known through the gospel and, by the power of the Holy Spirit, to bring his lordship to bear on every dimension of life. The primary way we fulfill this mission is by making disciples who make disciples leading to the starting and establishing of Gospel-Centered churches on mission. Our aim is that Jesus Christ would be more fully formed in each person through the ministry of those churches God enables us to plant around the world. Therefore we are always Shaping Leaders to Lead Missional Movements.
We also believe we are responsible neither to retreat from our culture nor to conform to it, but with humility, through the Spirit and the truth of the gospel, to engage it boldly as we seek its transformation and submission to the lordship of Christ.
(Isaiah 52:7; Matthew 10:5-25; 28:18-20; Luke 4:18-19; 24:46-47; Acts 28:31; Romans 10:14-15; 2 Corinthians 10:4-5; Galatians 2:10; Ephesians 3:10; 4:11-16; 2 Timothy 4:1-5; Hebrews 10:23-25; 1 Peter 2:4-5, 9-10)
The Church is not a building, an event or an institution. The Church is the people of God saved by the power of God for the purposes of God in this world.
Jesus commanded us to make disciples who make disciples. Part of that work is baptizing his followers into the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. This means we are to establish them in their new identity. If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation – they have a new identity. Our new identity as Disciples of Jesus is Family, Servants and Missionaries.
We as a church agree to establish Disciples of Jesus in their new Trinitarian Identity. Our doing comes out of our being. Therefore as the Family of God, we love others like brothers and sisters. As Servants of our King, we serve the least of these as Jesus served us. And as Empowered Missionaries, we are sent by the Spirit to be witnesses to Jesus in word and deed.
(Matthew 20: 25-28; 25:31-46; 28:16-20; John 1:12-14; 13:1-17; 20:21-22; Acts 1:8; Romans 8:14-17; 2 Corinthians 5:16-21; Ephesians 1:3-10; 2:10; Philippians 2:5-11; 1 Peter 2:9-12; 1 John 3:1; 4:7-12)