Baptist Church of the Redeemer exists to glorify God by making disciples of Jesus Christ by the power of the Spirit
Listen here for a recent message on BCR’s mission entitled, “Glory in the Church.”
Our church exists to glorify God–Often the first thing left out in the conversation of the church’s “mission” is the worship of God. However, the entire story of the Bible, and of history makes clear that God’s glory, the worship of God by His people, and the shining forth of His character and love in the cosmos is the overarching purpose of creation. This is what the prophet Habakuk predicted as the end of all history..
For the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord as the waters cover the sea. (Habakkuk 2:14)
And God has especially decreed to gain glory in and through the Church…
. . . so that through the church the manifold wisdom of God might now be made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly places. (Ephesians 3:10)
God receives glory both in the nature of the church, and the worship of God by the church. The very nature of the church points to the grace, mercy and power of God. The church is made up of God’s redeemed people, that display His character in their lives, both corporately and individually. But also, it’s the worship of God, by his people that glorify him. As we gather we to preach the Bible, read the Bible, pray the Bible, and sing the Bible. Our prayer is that God’s voice would speak…that His word would shape our lives, and that the gospel would permeate our relationships together . . .
…by making disciples of Jesus Christ–The love of Christ, shown forth in the gospel governs our lives as believers and compels us to live
distinct lives. A few texts from 2 Corinthians 5 have been particularly helpful in our thinking a church:
- For the love of Christ controls us…that those who live might no longer live for themselves but for him who for their sake died and was raised. (2 Corinthians 5:14-15)
- All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation…(2 Corinthians 5:18)
- Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. (2 Corinthians 5:20)
So, much of the New Testament points us to the kind of life that Christ brings about, by grace, and how that life, when put on display, acts like a megaphone of the grace of God; and a magnet that attracts people to Christ. Our prayer at Redeemer is that whatever station in life we find ourselves we would live our lives for Jesus, by God’s grace. We aren’t lone rangers in this endeavor, but a corporate Body, seeking to display the glory of God together.
- And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near. (Hebrews 10:24-25)
- And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, (Ephesians 4:11-12)
…by the power of the Spirit–The clear truth is that we can do nothing apart from God’s enabling grace, and power working through His Holy Spirit. We cannot make anyone new spiritually. The new birth (regeneration) happens by the power of the Spirit. Jesus said,
- That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Do not marvel that I said to you, ‘You must be born again.’ The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear its sound, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes. So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit.” (John 3:6-8)
The commission that we have been given as the church is impossible for us to complete on our own. We preach, we pray, we love, by the strength God supplies, with the understanding that only God, working through His Spirit causes a spiritually dead person to live again. Therefore it is “by the power of the Spirit” that we are saved ourselves (glorify Him), and make disciples (obey Him). And it is by the power of the Spirit that we serve Him . . .
Join us as we seek to glorify God by making disciples of Jesus Christ by the power of the Spirit!