To Exalt, To Equip, To Evangelize
God’s Word communicates His authority over our lives. The biblical essentials of our faith are eternal, transcending culture—we must be faithful! Cultural expressions of our faith are geographical and generational—we must be flexible!
Jesus is Lord! The mission presented by the Lord Jesus is unchanging! Early in his ministry he extended this invitation to his disciples, “Follow me, and I will make you shers of men” (Matthew 4:19). The Lord Jesus concludes his ministry with the Great Commission, “Go and make disciples of all nations . . .” How are we to follow Jesus’ model of ministry? What are His mission priorities for us?
Exalt: “Follow me . . .” Our witness for Christ over flows from a walk with Christ. All our servant teams should seek to lead God’s people to display and to declare God’s glory. “You are witnesses of these things . . .” (Luke 24:48). “Love the Lord your God with all your heart…” (Deut. 6:5).
Equip: “and I will make you . . .” By the power of the Holy Spirit in us, this walk with Christ transforms our lives. Our servant teams seek to edify believers in their walk with God and to equip them to share their faith with the lost. We equip parents to train their children to worship the Lord, to grow in their relationship with God and to share their faith with their friends. We encourage God’s people to use their gifts to meet the needs of others with a goal of introducing them to the Savior.
Evangelize: “ . . . fishers of men.” The disciples’ personal walk with Christ transformed their lives and equipped them to proclaim the Gospel. The Lord’s command to evangelize begins with the circles of influence in our daily lives and reaches to the ends of the earth. “Go into all the world and proclaim the Gospel…” (Mark 16:15). “Repentance and forgiveness of sins should be proclaimed in his name to all nations beginning in Jerusalem…” (Luke 24:47).
Our servant teams are called to equip God’s people to share the Gospel both locally and globally. “You will be my witnesses both in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth” (Acts 1:8). Notice that this calling is both/and, not either/or.
The mission of Faith is to go and proclaim the Gospel locally (our “Jerusalem”), regionally (our “Judea and Samaria”) and globally (“to the ends of the earth”—Acts 1:8). We seek to make disciples who grow in their relationship with God (exalt God), are transformed to be more like Christ (edify one another), and display his character by proclaiming the Good News (evangelize the lost).