The Church and its Mission

What the Church Should Be

'Mission' includes everything the church is sent into the world to do. Biblical mission involves three concerns: compassion for those the New Testament calls the lost (evangelism); compassion for the hurting (mercy); and compassion for the powerless (justice). These three concerns are highlighted by Micah (6:8) and Jesus (Matthew 23:23) as being essential to an authentic biblical faith. Justice has to do with our relationships to worldly powers, mercy our relationship to others' pain, and faithfulness our relationship to God's plan. Mission in the Bible involves three modes: word (what we say to others for God); deed (what we do for others in the Lord's name); and sign (what God does to corroborate his word through our words and his works through our deeds).

 

The church is the divinely instituted organism of Heaven for the purpose of evangelism (sharing our faith; winning the lost to Christ through our witness, Matthew 28:19, 20; Acts 1:8) and edification (building up the body of Christ through the teaching of God’s word and through the fellowship of believers in the Holy Spirit, Acts 20:32, Ephesians 4:12). While both of these stated purposes have many different and dynamic implications, they basically state the primary function of every local congregation which worships Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord.

 

As a members of this local church, we are called by God, to share in his blessed privilege and responsibility. It is only through the effective, faithful exercise of our mission that we please our Heavenly Father. Therefore, we seek in all that we do to have some element of this stated purpose obvious to all.

 

The church is not out to “save the world”, but we are out to share the good news , that Jesus Christ is alive forevermore and will save all who will trust him for salvation from sin and self and provide an atmosphere in which it is possible for a new creature in Christ to grow and develop. As Christians, we want you to know that we need your help as we seek to accomplish his formidable task. We thank God for you, for you have become one of the laborers He has given us to gather an already ripened harvest!

"A Working Church…"

 

"Faith without works is dead..."

(James 2:16, 17)

 

"A Growing Church…"

 

"Because we are commissioned to witness     to the lost..."

(Matthew 28:19, 20; Acts 1:8)

 

"A Happy Church…"

 

"For people are happy when they are working for the Lord..."

(Psalm 144:15)

 

"A Peaceful Church…"

 

"For people who are busy in the Lord’s work don’t have time to stir up trouble..."

(Matthew 5:9)