WE ENJOY JESUS. WE MAKE DISCIPLES.
That’s our simple summation of what Jesus wants of his bride, the church. It’s a way of describing the never-changing mission of the church. Enjoy Jesus. Make Disciples. Those two phrases capture our hopes and dreams as a church, and we pray they’ll capture yours as a person.
- PART 1: ENJOY JESUS.
We want to be known as a people who enjoy Jesus together. We take the enjoyment of Jesus seriously, because the Bible takes the enjoyment of Jesus seriously. Joy is so crucial to the Christian life that it commands Jesus enjoyment - “delight yourself in the Lord.” By delighting ourselves in the Lord, we love and glorify Jesus, fight against sin, suffer well, etc. Every part of the Christian life is connected to our enjoyment of Jesus.
We want to be people enjoying Jesus so much that we can say with the apostle Paul in Philippians 3:7-8:"But whatever gain I had, I counted as loss for the sake of Christ. Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ…"
Like Paul, we want to be a people who’ve found a joy in Jesus that’s ruined us for anything else.
- PART 2: MAKE DISCIPLES.
A disciple is someone who is becoming more like Jesus in all of life through the power of the Spirit.
This is what we do – Enjoy Jesus. Make Disciples. With some of his last words to his disciples, Jesus clarifies the mission of the church in Matthew 28:18-20,"And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 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 observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”
The mission of the church is to make disciples. This is the big E on the eye chart. We have a disciple-making mission. We agree with C.S. Lewis when he says, “If the Church is not making disciples, then all the cathedrals, clergy, missions, sermons, even the Bible, are a waste of time.” We want to redeem, not waste, time and we do that by making disciples.
Enjoy Jesus. Make Disciples.
This is what we’re giving our time, energy, and effort toward, and we want to invite you into this mission we’ve humbly received from Jesus.