We exist to Glorify God by making disciples who Love God, Love People, and Go into the World.
Our Purpose – To Glorify God
God is the most glorious being in existence. His nature and character are unparalleled. (Jeremiah 10:6) His knowledge is beyond finding out. (Romans 11:33) His love and grace are immeasurably rich. (Ephesians 2:7) The heavens are crying out that God is most glorious. (Psalm 19:1) Therefore, when God chose to create this Universe, it was only fitting that He would bring glory to what is most glorious – Himself. (Romans 11:36) So, the purpose of God in everything is that His glory would be displayed for now and for eternity. From the lives of individual people to the collection of individuals in the Church, everything exists for the glory of God. (Isaiah 43:7, 21; Ephesians 3:21)
Our Mission – To Make Disciples
Ultimately, God will be glorified through the lives of people as individuals from every people group, tribe and language confess Jesus as Lord and are saved through the Gospel. (Philippians 2:5-11) Just before Jesus returned to God the Father, He left His followers with one, primary mission – to make disciples. (Matthew 28:16-20) So, individually and collectively, we glorify God by making disciples who confess Jesus as Lord to the glory of God the Father.
Defining a Disciple
If we are going to intentionally live on mission to make disciples, it is essential that we know what a disciple is. In the New Testament, we find that disciples of Jesus are only capable of pleasing God as Jesus lives in and through them. (Galatians 2:20) This spiritual union with Christ is the basis for every part of our salvation in Christ. (Romans 6-8) Therefore, a disciple is a person immersed in the life of Jesus.
Values of a Disciple
Through the Great Commandment and Great Commission, Jesus has summarized three core values for His disciples: God, People, and Mission. (Matthew 22:34-40; Matthew 28:16-20) For this reason, we seek to make disciples who love God, love people, and go into the world.
Characteristics of a Disciple
What do the core values look like in real life? Acts 2:42-47 gives us one of the best descriptions of Spirit-filled followers of Jesus living out the three core values. From this text, we find seven characteristics of people immersed in the life of Jesus by the ministry of the Holy Spirit:
Process for Disciple-Making
God has chosen to use people to accomplish His disciple-making mission. Therefore, disciple-making happens best within relationships. In 1 Corinthians 4:14-17, Paul expresses the need for Information, Imitation, Implementation within disciple-making relationships. Information is transferred in the body of Christ as teachers pass along the basic truths of Scripture to students. Imitation takes place as spiritual fathers model the truths of Scripture for their spiritual children. Implementation occurs as students become teachers and spiritual children become spiritual fathers.