At Grace Baptist Church our missions statement reads,
“Intentionally investing in gospel centred relationships that cultivate mature followers of Jesus Christ to the glory of God.”
Intentionally- having a heart that desires to serve and a mindset that other’s spiritual good must be a top priority. Looking for ways to serve and taking clear, measurable and attainable steps to do so. Understanding we owe a debt of love to everyone in our sphere of influence, a debt that we pay every day but that can never be fully paid off (Romans 13:8).
Investing- taking the long look by living in light of the life to come and thus spending money, time, and effort for that which is everlasting (Matthew 6:19-21).
Gospel centred relationships- the first gospel centred relationship is on the vertical plane, a healthy, vibrant, growing and maturing relationship between a Christian and God. The second is on the horizontal plane: healthy, vibrant, growing, maturing, and eternally invested relationships between a Christian and others, whether fellow Christians or current non-believers.
Cultivate- discipleship takes time and experiences different seasons. We need to commit for the long haul with those who we are mentoring and being mentored by.
Mature- established in knowing the Word of God and the God of the Word and helping others to do the same.
Followers of Jesus Christ- being imitators of Jesus in all aspects of life.
To the Glory of God- everything is from God, for God, and to God. Pride and personal agenda’s must be set aside. The mindset that “if it wasn’t my idea, if I can’t be in charge of it, if I don’t benefit from it, and if I can’t get any affirmation from it, then I’m not doing it” has no place in the service of the King. It’s His kingdom, being built by Him, and all for His glory.
Further to this, we decided to highlight our missions statement starting in 2021 through our annual sermon series:
2021- “Gospel Foundation- Daily Revealing God’s Character”; highlight the “intentionally investing in gospel-centred relationships” part of our mission statement. The book of Romans.
2022- “Gospel Purity- Remaining Deeply Rooted in Jesus”; highlight the “cultivate mature followers of Jesus Christ” part of our mission statement. The book of Leviticus.
2023- “Gospel Fulfillment- Maintaining an Upward Focus”; highlight the “to the glory of God” part of our mission statement. The book of Hebrews.