At Faithful City, we believe that God has made it very clear what he wants His church to be about. We find this mission in what the Bible calls the great commission and the two greatest commandments.
Jesus Christ clearly gave us our marching orders in Matt. 28:19-20 - “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you. And Lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age”.
This means our mission is clear: Make Disciples. Making disciples means seeing people go from unbelief to become whole-hearted followers of Jesus, in every place God puts us and sends us. He is to be the King of their lives, where they worship Him and honor and obey His will for their lives. Baptizing them. Baptism is the sign His people have a biblical covenant relationship with Him that is held up and sealed by what Christ did for us on the cross. It is lived out together as a worshiping community of forgiven people who belong to Him. Teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. Obeying everything He commands of us is our grateful response to what He has already done for us on the cross, the fruit of the salvation God has freely given to us in Christ. We trust in Jesus atonement for our sins, instead of trying to earn our acceptance with God by our own obedience, which the brokenness of our sin makes impossible. Instead, as believers, we obey from the heart, as those who have been forgiven and freed from sin. I am with you always. We follow Jesus in a personal relationship, no longer trying to earn our way into his presence, living our lives for His purposes. We are seeking to live in the intimate presence of God in Christ.
Inside of this Great Commission are the two foremost commandments which Jesus said sum up all the others. Love God…from Deut. 6:5 - “You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might.” To put it simply, a love for God and His glory and purposes should be the motivation for everything we do. At Faithful City, we prioritize God’s glory and faithfulness to His ways and purposes above our own.
Likewise, the Bible says that the second greatest commandment Love your neighbor, … from Lev. 19:18b - “…you shall love your neighbor as yourself…” The Bible tells us that if we don’t have love for our neighbor, then we simply don’t know the heart of God. The church is to be an outpost for the Kingdom of God in a broken world and that looks like sacrificial, generous, and compassionate love for all people. After all, Christ loved us even when we were His enemies.