We exist to make disciples of Jesus Christ who grow, live, serve, and lead in the gospel.
What does our mission mean?
To Make Disciples
Jesus commanded His followers, in what is called The Great Commission, to make disciples of all nations. A disciple is not only a learner and follower, but one who has entrusted their lives into the hands of their Master and Teacher. Our mission is to make disciple-making disciples. That is, to baptize and teach Christians the Word of God by the grace of God so that they can grow in maturity in their commitment to Christ and then share that with others in meaningful relationships. Disciples are servants who serve Christ and others in the love of God. Disciples lead others to the Savior. This is the kind of person God is committed to forming to the end, and thus, so are we.
A disciple of Jesus grows. Peter told his readers to “grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. At Redeeming Grace Church, we primarily grow as we worship God together in the truth of His Word. The more we are exposed to the message of the gospel, the deeper we grow in knowing the God who redeems us. We are to be constantly learning the Word and seeking grace to apply it. This is not just an individual act, but Paul told the Ephesians that as a church body they should “grow so that it builds itself up in love” (Ephesians 4:16). Growth is a community project that results in the Christ-likeness of all its members.
Jesus when stating His mission said, “I came that they [disciples of Jesus] would have life and have it abundantly” (John 10:10). Jesus came to bring life so that His disciples could live a life abundant with His life. We are called to live this life of Jesus in the home, church, community, and world. At Redeeming Grace Church, we desire this life to be shared with others who follow Jesus and as a witness to those who do not. Life Groups are an important element to this aspect of our mission, as we share life together on mission to grow in grace and to serve others.
Jesus told His disciples that “…even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” The life that is lived on mission is a life of service—giving up oneself for others. This type of service is a means of joy, because it is the Lord we serve with gladness (Psalm 100:2). Serving others is an expression of godly love, an act of humility that models the Lord who was willing to serve His disciples (John 13). We make no qualifications on who and how we serve, because the gospel itself is the message of the self-less sacrifice of Christ to secure the salvation of His people. We serve not to make a name for ourselves, but that others might know and acknowledge the glorious name of Christ and serve Him as an act of worship and obedience of which He alone is worthy.
As one grows, lives, and serves in the gospel, they are equipped to lead others in that same gospel. Leadership is a responsibility and privilege for the disciple of Jesus. We are called to lead others to Christ, in both word and deed. We are called to lead others in Christ, shepherding their souls to further maturity. Leadership can be both formal and informal, can take place in many places and situations, and points other to the great Leader and Shepherd, Jesus. We want the leadership process to be intentional, accountable, and productive. Whether as an elder, Sunday school teacher, Life Group leader, mom and dad, or coach, the gospel produces those who can lead by example and instruction to further replicate disciples who in turn can also lead.