Our Mission is to Glorify God by being Disciple Making Disciples
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Whether local or global the Church has one mission: To make disciples who make disciples. Or “Disciple cycles” as the popular Hip Hop artist Lecrae describes it. Regardless of how it is communicated, unpackaged or put into writing, this is the mission that the church has. This is the one primary focus that the church must engage in. The Church must be on mission because its Lord, Jesus Christ, came on a mission and is continuing that mission through His body, the church.
In Colossians 1:19-20 the Apostle Paul outlines the mission of God saying, “For in him, all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of the cross.” The mission of God is to glorify himself by reconciling all things to himself in Christ Jesus. The Church obediently joins The Triune God of the universe in proclaiming freedom and salvation, the Gospel, to all. Its purpose is to exalt Jesus Christ as Savior and obediently submit itself, collectively and individually, to Christ by the indwelling power of the Holy Spirit, for the glory of God the Father.
Locally, each body of believers must do the hard work of fleshing out these biblical commands for themselves. In a beautiful display of diversity, God has uniquely wired and called local bodies of believers to work out the commands of making disciple makers in different ways. The difficult task, therein, is prayerfully discerning how God is uniquely calling or called your local body and not simply copying the call of another local body.
The mission of the church is to make disciple makers, to obediently partner with God the Father in his reconciling mission. This mission of the church is the same for each and every church. The mission of the church is the “what”. The vision of the church is the “how.” Throughout the world, each and every church is to be accomplishing one mission. There should be uncompromising consistency between all churches regarding the “what”. “How” a local church accomplishes that mission is expressed in beautiful diversity.