The mission of GBC
Does the term deoxyribonucleic acid ring a bell?
Well, it should, because it is what we, in short, call DNA. It's the genetic information that makes us who we are.
GBC has a similar DNA that helps shape who we are and what we are to be about as the local church. This is best reflected in our mission statement as a church, "to preach the gospel to see the lost saved and the saved matured for the glory of God."
This mission statement embodies the very mission Jesus gave to His people, the church. We've been saved to serve the King by following in His footsteps.
Jesus' whole ministry was focused on seeing the lost saved and then seeing them matured for the glory of His Father. Jesus spent three years of His earthly ministry pouring this mission into His disciples.
In Mark 8:31, 9:31 and 10:33 Jesus teaches the twelve this mission, "And He began to teach them that the Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders and the chief priests and the scribes, and be killed, and after three days rise again."
Jesus wasted no time in communicating what His life mission was. He pointed out that He came to do His father's will. Then Jesus, as He hung on Calvary’s cross, cried out, "It is finished!" He had completed the Father's will by giving His life as a ransom for many.
Then in Jesus' resurrected ministry, He continues to pour His mission into us, and how we are to carry on His work of reconciliation. He spoke these last words, "Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit."
This commission is to make and mature followers of Christ. Just as Jesus had done with the twelve disciples, now we are to replicate His ministry.
There have been some 2,000 years since Jesus' ascension to His rightful place in Heaven, but He's still calling us to this all-important task.
In Acts 9, Saul, a Pharisees and a persecutor of the church, is radically saved on the road to Damascus. Jesus calls Paul into fulltime service by the faithful ministry of Ananias.
In Acts 9:15 Ananias is commissioned by Jesus to tell Paul what he will do, "Go, for he is a chosen instrument of Mine, to bear My name before the Gentiles and kings and the sons of Israel; for I will show him how much he must suffer for My name’s sake.”
It is so clear that our Lord, the exalted Christ, saved, called, and sent Paul into the Gentile world with the message of the gospel. Even today, Jesus is still saving, calling, and equipping us for the same mission.
The DNA of Jesus' ministry has been passed down to us as His followers. We have a simple mandate and that is, "to see the lost saved and the saved matured for the glory of God." Let's be faithful in that task!