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Mission: We exist to glorify God and to increase the joy of all people in him by making and maturing disciples of Jesus Christ by the power of the Holy Spirit through the gospel of grace.

 

 Jesus Christ: Lord. Savior. Treasure.

Jesus is Lord of the universe (Eph 1:20-23; Col 1:15-20; Matt 28:18). The fact that he is Lord means that he has authority over everything he has created. He can tell us what to do (John 14:15; Luke 6:46). His authority does not only extend to the church, but also over politics, education, art, entertainment, literature, economics, exercise, food, and everything else. His Lordship means that he controls all things, and nothing is outside of his plan and purpose (Heb 1:3; Col 1:17). As the Lord he is not a far off deity, but is present with his people and involved in his creation, for his glory.

Jesus is Savior of his people and the redeemer of all things (Luke 2:11; Col 1:19-20). When Jesus went to the cross, he actually purchased salvation for his sheep (1 Pet 2:24, 3:18; Matt 1:21; John 10:15; Isa 53:11-12; John 6:37-40). Furthermore, he is redeeming (saving) all things (Eph 1:10; Col 1:20) and in process of putting all of his enemies under his feet (1 Cor 15:25), bringing the whole of creation to an even better version of its original “good” design (Rev 21).

Jesus is the greatest Treasure in the universe (Matt 13:44; Phil 1:21-23, 3:8; John 6:22-59, 7:37). Nothing and no one is more valuable than him. He alone is worthy of all praise, affection, and adoration (Rev 4:9-11, 5:12).

 

Exploring the Mission

“Glorify God…”

Christ Church North Mesa exists to glorify the Triune God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. This is the reason why all things exist. John Piper helps us to understand what the Bible teaches regarding what it means to glorify God:

“’Glorifying’ means feeling and thinking and acting in ways that reflect his greatness, that make much of God, that give evidence of the supreme greatness of all his attributes and the all-satisfying beauty of his manifold perfections.”[1]

 “…increase the joy of all people in him…”

The Bible is loaded with language of joy and happiness in God.[2] God is called our “exceeding joy” (Ps. 43:4) and we are told that in his presence there is “fullness of joy”, and at his right hand there are “pleasures forevermore” (Ps. 16:11). Jesus even spoke to us so that his joy may be in us and that our joy may be full (John 15:11) and told parables about the joy of becoming a Christian (Matt. 13:44, Matt. 25:23). We are commanded to take joy in God (Ps. 37:4, Ps. 32:11, Ps. 33:1, Ps. 100:1-2, Phil. 4:4, Deut. 28:45-48), and the goal of all ministry is the Christ-centered joy of others (Phil. 1:25-26, 2 Cor. 1:24, Rom 15:13). We glorify what we delight in most deeply, so taking joy in God is not optional, but the ultimate way we glorify him.[3]

“…by making and maturing disciples of Jesus Christ…”

The way we seek to glorify God and increase others’ eternal joy in him is by making new disciples of Christ, and maturing current disciples of Christ. A disciple of Christ is one who learns from Jesus and follows him. [4] A disciple submits to Christ as Lord, trusts him as Savior, and enjoys him as Treasure. Jesus is not only Lord over “religious matters,” but is King over all areas of life: the church, politics, education, art, entertainment, literature, economics, exercise, food, etc. “Making disciples” means we want those who are not yet Christians to come to know Christ. “Maturing disciples” means we want those who already know Christ to increasingly submit to his good Lordship in every area of their life, trust him more deeply as their Savior, and enjoy him more fully as their Treasure. At CCNM, we aim to swim in a culture of gospel-centered, life-on-life discipleship.

“…by the power of the Holy Spirit through the gospel of grace.”

Jesus said that his departure would be to the advantage of the disciples, because he would send the Holy Spirit (John 16:7). The Holy Spirit, the third person of the Trinity, lives within us (Rom 8:9) and he works to glorify Christ (John 16:14) by giving us spiritual gifts (1 Cor 12:7-10) and empowering us to obey God’s law (Gal 5:22-24; Rom 8:13; Acts 1:8). The Spirit directs our hearts continually to the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ, which impacts everything (Col 1:6, Gal 2:14, Rom 1:16, Gal 3:1-3, Acts 20:32, Titus 2:11-12, 1 Cor 15:1-2, Col 2:6, 2 Pet 1:9, etc.). As we meet and live life together as a church, our goal will be to apply the implications of this incredible good news to all areas of life. As Tim Keller has said:

“The gospel is not just the ABCs but the A to Z of Christianity. The gospel is not the minimum required doctrine necessary to enter the kingdom but the way we make all progress in the kingdom.”[5]

 

Vision: To be a gospel-shaped upward, inward, and outward community for the glory of God and the good of the world.

 

Exploring the Vision

Those whom God saves he puts into local churches to worship Christ together and live life with one another. By the power of the Holy Spirit and through the gospel of Jesus Christ, he transforms 1) the way we understand and relate to God (upward), 2) the way we relate to one another (inward), and 3) the way we relate to our broader communities, cultures, and those who are not yet Christians (outward). We are not yet understanding and applying the gospel rightly if we fail to be an upward, inward, and outward community.

Upward

Because of Jesus Christ and his work, we are delivered from the kingdom of darkness to the kingdom of Christ (Col 1:13). We were enemies of God, but now we are loved by him (Romans 5:8-11; 1 John 3:1). We hated him (Romans 1:30) and worshipped ourselves as our idol of choice. But Christ has substituted himself on the cross to take the curse that we deserve for our sin, bearing the Father’s just wrath against our wickedness (Isa 53:4-6, 9; 1 Pet 2:24, 3:18; 1 John 2:2, 4:10; Matt 20:22; Rom 3:25) . He rose from the dead, and has clothed us with his perfect righteousness, bringing us into the family of God by his blood (2 Cor 5:21; 1 John 3:1; Heb 12:8; Eph 5:1; Rom 8:16-17)! Now we are no longer enslaved to ourselves and to sin, but have been set free by Christ to glorify God and to enjoy him forever (Gal 5:1; John 8:32; Rom 6). Our church exists to help all people glorify God and enjoy him forever.

Inward

We were people who were swimming in our selfishness. By the power of God through the gospel of Christ, we are transformed from worshipping ourselves and are changed to live sacrificially and help our fellow Christians both physically and spiritually (Heb 3:13; 1 Thess 4:18; Acts 2:42; 1 Jn 3:11-24; Jas 2:15-16; John 13:34-35; Matt 25:36-40). As we gaze at Christ and his work, we are enabled by the Holy Spirit to look not only to our own interests, but also to the interests of others (Phil 2:4). We are called to bear each other’s burdens (Gal 6:2), and build one another up spiritually (1 Thess 5:11). The gospel teaches us that we are united to Christ and united to his body, the church (1 Cor 12:27). We belong to one another as we belong to Christ (Rom 12:5) and we joyfully obey the many Biblical “one another” commands. Like Paul, we share not only the gospel of God with each other, but also our very selves (1 Thess 2:8) as we live life together not only on the Lord’s Day (Sunday) but the rest of the week, as well (Acts 2:46; Heb 3:13). Jesus discipled the twelve by living ordinary life with them with gospel intentionality.

Outward

God is the greatest missionary of all. In the gospel, the Son of God left his place of comfort to take on flesh and identify with the people he was coming to save (Heb 2:14, 4:15; Phil 2:5-8). Jesus’ mission was to seek and to save the lost (Luke 19:10). When God saves us, he transforms us into missionaries who go out to make disciples (Matt 28:19-20; John 17:18, 20:21). He makes us fishers of men (Matthew 4:19; Mark 1:17). Because of this, we joyfully support overseas missionaries who are spreading the gospel to unreached people groups (Rom 15:20).

Also, as people who are sent into the world (John 17:18, 20:21), we move towards those who are not yet Christians in the local areas we live, work, and play to speak the Gospel (Rom 10:17, 1 Pet. 2:9, 2 Cor. 5:20, Acts 8:4) and do all kinds of good to them (Gal 6:10). Jesus said in John 13:35 that all people will know that we are his disciples if we have love for one another. This assumes that those who do not yet know Christ will see us; we do not huddle in corners and withdraw into privacy. Our church must be public, and we must always be looking to love those who are not yet Christians by introducing them to Jesus through the preached Gospel while doing good to them. This Gospel is adorned (made more beautiful and attractive) when our neighbors, friends, and coworkers can see our love and good works (Tit 2:10), meaning those who are not yet Christians should have many opportunities to witness the Spirit of God working among us.

What being an outward community also means is that we do not pursue our own comfort, spending as much time with our friends as possible (Matt 16:24; Mark 8:34; Luke 9:23). Instead, we pursue our own joy in God by being ready to do whatever it takes for God to get the glory he deserves (Matt 19:28-30; Matt 16:25-26; Ps 37:4, 43:4). In 2 Timothy 2:8, Paul tells Timothy, “Therefore do not be ashamed of the testimony about our Lord, nor of me his prisoner, but share in suffering for the gospel by the power of God…” Paul knew that the Christian life doesn’t lead to earthly comfort. Because the call to Christians is to make disciples, our goal is to see more and more people meet Jesus Christ, so that one day “the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the LORD as the waters cover the sea” (Hab. 2:14).

Being an outward community also means that we work alongside Jesus as his helper (Eph 5:22-33; Gen 2:18) to bring all things in submission to his good Lordship: politics, education, art, entertainment, marketplace labor, literature, economics, exercise, food, etc (1 Cor 15:25; Ps 110:1; Matt 28:18; Prov 1:7; Col 1:19-20, 2:3, 3:10; 2 Cor 10:5; Gen 1:28; Rev 11:15; Rev 21). This happens through the salvation of individuals who are then properly taught to joyfully obey Christ from the heart in every area of life (1 Cor 10:31; Col 3:17; Matt 28:20).

 

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[1] John Piper, “Glorifying God…Period,” Desiring God, July 15, 2013, accessed June 11, 2018, https://www.desiringgod.org/messages/glorifying-god-period.

[2] See Randy Alcorn, Happiness (Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale House, 2015).

[3] See John Piper, Desiring God (Colorado Springs, CO: Multnomah, 2011).

[4] Erik Raymond, “Disciple-Making is Ordinary Christianity,” Ligonier, July 22, 2013, accessed June 11, 2018, https://www.ligonier.org/blog/ordinary-christianity/.

[5] Timothy Keller, “The Centrality of the Gospel,” Gospel In Life, accessed June 11, 2018, http://download.redeemer.com/pdf/learn/resources/Centrality_of_the_Gospel-Keller.pdf.