all, our cry is to be "a people of His presence." In one sense, our
only purpose is to know Him (Phil. 3:10).
Within the context of that pursuit,
the purpose of our church has four aspects:
1. To love God.
2. To love our neighbors as ourselves. (Servanthood)
To grow together to maturity in Christ. (Discipleship)
reach the world for Jesus. (Mission)
This purpose statement gives us very
clear direction. Every ministry in our church is based entirely upon this purpose.
Everything we do revolves around it.
All our ministries exist for the four
purposes of worship, servanthood, discipleship and mission (local evangelism and
foreign missions). This is WiSDoM.
God - Worship
To love God means to worship and exalt Him, and
to proclaim and celebrate His lordship over all things. To love God means to serve
Him. To love God means to know Him as our closest, most intimate friend. Jesus
defined the Christian life in John 17:3 when He said, "This is life eternal,
that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast
sent." To love God also means to obey Him. Jesus said, "He that hath
my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me" (John 14:21).
So our love for God will be expressed in our love for His Word: to know His Word,
to study it and to obey it.
To Love One Another
But if our love for God were only demonstrated
in our personal lives with Him it would not be a true love, but a false, self-centered
and self-serving love. Our love for God must be revealed in practical ways towards
men. John wrote, "every one that loveth Him that begat loveth him also that
is begotten of Him" (1 John 5:1). Because of His love God served us. If we
know God's love then we will serve others also. We will serve those in the church
and also those outside the church in the world. As Paul wrote, we will "do
good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith"
(Gal. 6:10). This loving service must be in practical matters as well as in spiritual
things (Jam. 2:15-16; 1 John 3:16-18).
Together to Maturity in Christ - Discipleship
So we can fulfill
His purposes, God gave all of us gifts. Our gifts are not for ourselves; they
are to benefit others and to accomplish the purposes of God. The body of Christ
is built up "by that which every joint supplieth" (Eph. 4:16). As each
of us grows in our gifts and callings we will play our part in the building up
of the entire body of Christ. As each of us expresses His life within us we will
experience a greater revelation of the Person of Jesus in His church.
it is through the development of the gifts God has given us that our love for
the body of Christ, as well as our love for God, are demonstrated.
Reach the World for Jesus - Mission
The final element of our
vision statement is "to reach the world for Jesus." We are all part
of the worldwide body of Christ that Jesus has commissioned to "make disciples
of all nations" (Matt. 28:19).
Obedience to the Great Commission, both
locally and on foreign fields, is the fulfilling of our love for God and our love
for others. If we love Jesus then we will obey this clear commandment of His.
Our love for Him and our desire for His glory will motivate us to be a part of
this most awesome of undertakings: the proclamation of Kingdom of God and the
lordship of Jesus Christ across the planet!
Furthermore, if we have found
life and liberty in Jesus Christ then our desire will be that others may come
into the Kingdom of God, fully submitted to the lordship of Jesus in their lives,
and released from the dominion of the powers of darkness. What higher evidence
of our love for others could there be than this?
And if we truly love others
we will not be satisfied just with leading them to know the Lord savingly, but
we will go on to fully obey Jesus' commandment in Matthew 28:19-20, and we will
see to it that they are discipled. Then they will able to find and fulfill God's
world-wide purpose for their lives and play their part in the great eternal plan
of God, as they seek to love God, to love one another, to grow together to their
full potential in Christ, to reach the world for Jesus!