The Gospel of Jesus Christ | Every Person Connected | Every Person Discipled | Every Person On Mission
The Gospel of Jesus Christ
God lovingly entered a broken and sinful world in order to bring us into right standing with himself through the death and resurrection of his Son, Jesus. This is the gospel.
The gospel is at the center of all that we believe and do at Grace Church. In Colossians 1:17-18 we read that Jesus is “before all things,” and “in him all things hold together.” This means that Jesus isn’t just a supporting character in the life of our church, he commands the spotlight.
Since all things find their purpose and meaning in Jesus, we recognize that we are only accomplishing ministry when Jesus is the driving force of our efforts.
Therefore, when we say we want every person connected, discipled, and on mission we mean that we want every person connected to Jesus, discipled as a follower of Jesus, and finally sent as a messenger who shares the good news that Jesus saves sinners.
What do we mean by “connected”?
First and foremost, we want you to be connected to God through a vital relationship with Christ. When God reconciles us to himself through Christ, he also reconciles us to one another (John 13:34-45).
Along with actively participating in our Sunday services, there are many ways for you to connect with the men, women, young adults, and children that make up the Grace Church family. At Grace, you will meet all different kinds of people who have one thing in common: their love for Jesus Christ. This is a great place to meet people and build meaningful, life-impacting friendships.
What is discipleship?
A “disciple” is simply a follower of Jesus who is in relationship with other followers of Jesus. Whether you are a long-time Christian or just exploring the claims of the Bible for the first time, it is important to walk the road of faith with other people.
Making disciples and becoming better disciples is part of the DNA of the church. If you participate in everything the church offers, yet don’t grow in Christlikeness, what good is that?
We don’t think church needs to be complicated. When it comes to the work of ministry, our primary goal is to help each other become more like Jesus. That is discipleship.
Consider taking a class here at church to study and learn more about God’s word, follow Jesus with a friend or two by studying the Bible together, and invest in meaningful friendships.
What does it mean to live on mission?
Living “on mission” means seeing every aspect of life through the lens of the gospel. With this persepective we are able to bring hope to the people around us.
Rather than seeing mission as just one of the departments of our church, we see mission as the call of every Christian, to love and serve others with the hope of the gospel.
We want to be present in our community, a spiritual force of good in the name of Jesus. This involves engaging our neighbors, friends, family members, co-workers, and people all over the world who need to know of God’s saving love and power.
Tips For Living On Mission
Start living on mission by building relationships with non-Christians. Love them well by becoming a helpful presence in their lives and share the gospel with them. A great way to start is by inviting them to church with you.
Ephesians 2:8, 4:32; Colossians 3:12-14, 4:6
Because we are accepted by God’s grace alone, and not by works, we will be a community that extends grace to imperfect people in tangible ways.
Luke 24:27; 2 Timothy 3:16
Because God has spoken, revealing the epic story of the suffering and glory of Jesus, we will trust God’s true and authoritative word as our source for all life and godliness. We will seek to understand God’s truth with an attitude of humility, knowing that all truth comes from Him. We value expositional preaching so that the content and intent of our sermons are guided by the content and intent of biblical passages.
Romans 1:16; 2 Corinthians 3:17-18, 5:17; Galatians 2:19-20
Because we believe in the life transforming power of the gospel, we will grow as followers of Jesus as we allow God’s word and Spirit to transform us inwardly and outwardly.
Romans 12:1-2; 1 Corinthians 8:8-9; 2 Corinthians 9:7
Because Jesus died and rose again to give us eternal life, we will joyfully worship God with all of our lives, as individuals and as a congregation, for God’s glory and for the sake of the gospel.
Luke 18:1; Philippians 4:4-7; 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
Because God has freely extended his love to us through Christ, we will freely take our praise, requests, doubts, confession and thanksgiving to Him in prayer.
2 Corinthians 5:18-20; Ephesians 2:14-17; Colossians 1:19-23, 3:15
Because Jesus’ mission was the reconciliation of all things to Himself, we will live as those reconciled with Christ and seek reconciliation in all our relationships through continual repentance and forgiveness.
John 1:1-4; Romans 12:9-13; Philippians 2:5-11
Because Jesus left the perfect community of the Father, Son, Holy Spirit to create a new, radically loving and generous community on the earth, we will pursue deep, transparent relationships as we grow together in Christ.
Matthew 28:18-20; Luke 19:10; John 1:1-4; Acts 1:8; Galatians 4:4-5
Because Jesus was sent into the world to save those who could not save themselves, we will be missionaries sent into the world to tell those near and far that Jesus saves.