On the top of our weekly service sheet you’ll find our mission statement. It reads:
“Every person made new in Christ… mature in Christ… making Christ known.”
We believe this is a faithful summary of what God’s word has to teach us about being Christian and a Christian church. It doesn’t say all there is to say about Jesus Christ and the Christian life, but it focuses us on three of the very important aspects of the gospel.
“Every person new in Christ…”
The gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ is for every person, regardless of sex, age, race, religion or creed. The Bible says that in Jesus, God so loved the world that he send his one and only son, Jesus (John 3:16). It says in another place, ‘here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners’ (1 Timothy 1:15), and the Lord is ‘patient towards us, not wishing that any should perish’ (2 Peter 3:9). It is through Jesus Christ, that we are made new in Christ (2 Corinthians 5:17). It is through the gospel that we, our society, and our world can be saved. This is what God is doing in his world, and God graciously uses us to share this message about the Lord Jesus Christ.
“…mature in Christ…”
The Bible urges us to mature in Christ (Ephesians 4:12-16). If we are not growing as Christians, we are falling short of God’s plan for us. The apostle Paul was probably the greatest missionary the world has ever had, and he was concerned that people came to know Christ, and grew in Christ. He wrote letters, visited and revisited, and continually prayed for the churches he planted. He sent his associates, and asked them to appoint elders, and teachers, to equip God’s people for ministry. To be mature means knowing the gospel, and not being tossed to and fro, by false teaching about Christ (Eph 4:14). It means speaking the truth in love, and being transformed in godly character. Our aim is to encourage, train, equip and teach so that we will be maturing in Christ.
“…making Christ known.”
We aim to make Christ known. The making of disciples in the name of the Father, and the Son and the Holy Spirit, was Christ’s command to his disciples before he left the earth (Matthew 28:19-20). We share in the responsibility of all Christians everywhere to fulfill this command. We have been blessed in Christ, and it is a wonderful privilege to be used by him to engage with our family, friends, work colleagues and neighbors, that they too may share in the blessings of Christ. Furthermore we understand that we bring glory to God when the gospel is preached, and people from all over the world respond.