To grow a loving community of followers of Jesus Christ equipped to proclaim His message and practice His love to the world.
We engage in mission in three ways:
1. We answer Christ's call to come and follow (Matt. 4:19). Jesus called his disciples to literally leave home and family and learn a particular way of living by being with Him. Today we don't have the option of doing exactly what the disciples did, but being a follower of Christ is more than just simply accepting or confessing certain beliefs. Jesus calls us to a way of life.
2. We practice and grow a community of love. Following Jesus requires us to live in community. The "church" is not the building we worship Christ in; the building is the place where the church gathers to love God and each other. Jesus said everyone will know you are my disciples because of your love for each other (John 13:35).
3. We worship to the glory of God. Jesus brings healing to the brokenness of life and we believe God uses ordinary people to bring glory to His name. He does this by equipping each of us to proclaim His message of love and grace with others.
There is no greater message to be heard than that which we call the gospel. The gospel is called the ‘good news’ because it addresses the most serious problem that you and I have as human beings, and that problem is sin. We cannot really understand how good the message of the gospel is until we understand how bad our situation is without it. We are poor miserable sinners. We sin daily and deserve nothing but God’s wrath and punishment.
Without Jesus Christ, our situation would be totally hopeless. The Scriptures describe human beings as dead in trespasses and sin.Without the mercy and cleansing of God through the blood of Jesus Christ, there awaits for us only everlasting punishment in hell. Thus, we need the gospel— desperately!
The good news of the gospel is that when the time was right, God sent His Son into our world to be born of the Virgin Mary. Our Lord Jesus Christ lived a perfect life for us. On the cross, He received the penalty and punishment for the sins of the whole world, offering Himself as the perfect sacrifice for sin. Jesus rose from the dead, victorious over our ancient enemies: sin, death and the devil.
Therefore, each Christian is able with great joy and confidence to declare before the whole world: “My Lord Jesus Christ has redeemed me, a lost and condemned person, purchased and won me from all sins, from death, and from the power of the devil; not with gold or silver, but with His holy, precious blood and with His innocent suffering and death.”
What glorious good news! The one, true eternal and all-powerful God came into our world to live, suffer, die and rise again for us. We, who are unholy and unrighteous, receive the forgiveness of all our sins and thus receive the perfect holiness and righteousness of Christ our Savior—as a free gift—purely because of His love for us. That is good news! That is the Gospel!