If our Vision is to see the world changed through our example, and our Mission is to be a community of people who love Jesus, love people and serve our world for God’s glory, how do we get there? How do we partner with other churches and ministries to advance God’s goals in this world? Those questions are answered by sharing our Objectives.
Objective 1 – Public, Corporate Worship
-The Bible guides Christ-followers to habitually gather together for the purpose of stirring each other up to love and good deeds, mutual encouragement (Hebrews 10:24-25), the mutual benefit of sharing certain spiritual gifts (1 Corinthians 14), under tested and approved spiritual leaders (1 Timothy 3) and in an orderly way that accords with sound doctrine and exalts Jesus Christ (1 Cor. 14; 1 Tim. 6:3; Titus 2:1). The primary and most-consistent way we do this at MCC is through weekly, corporate worship services. In the United States, we currently have a day that has become culturally accepted as set-aside for worship and it is a good day because we remember Jesus’ resurrection every Sunday morning when we gather.
Objective 2 – Personal Discipleship
-Jesus said “follow me” to the men who were once average men “I will make you fishers of men.” He said this and in doing so, invited them to give their lives to committed followership of Him. They understood that such following was not an invitation to look at Jesus’ day-timer or blackberry for 2hrs a week. Rather, they understood and came to experience discipleship that is costly to our old ways. The big issue is that when Jesus is exalted as God in our lives, we are glad to give up all things to emulate him. Well, Jesus ascended into heaven but we can still be His disciples, following His example through the Scriptures and through committed personal discipleship relationships with godly Christians in our lives. We, at MCC are committed to helping every Christian engage in committed discipleship to pursue Jesus Christ, His reign in our lives, and the Holy Spirit’s ministry through our lives.
Objective 3 – Embracing the Scriptures
-“I have stored up your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you. Blessed are you, O Lord; teach me your statutes…Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path” (Psalm 119: 11-12; 105). The Bible is not a book of men’s collected ideas, it is the message of God to human hearts. It is written by God through human agents and constantly applicable to life for salvation and guidance. The Scriptures, when read humbly and applied faithfully, changes hardest heart, woos the coolest skeptic and encourages the most distant, wayward child. There is no book like God’s Word. It is useful for teaching, correction, for training in righteousness and prepares us for every good work. The simple fact is that godliness is unattainable without the message and direction of the Word of God. As a church, the Scriptures, taught and applied, are a necessity for all we do. So, it is our objective to teach men and women, boys and girls how to read, interpret and apply the words of the Bible to their lives so that they may know Jesus accurately, love Him fully and serve Him consistently.
Objective 4 – Prayer
-“Call to me and I will answer you, and will tell you great and hidden things that you have not known.” This promise was from God to Jeremiah in Jeremiah 33:3 in a specific context and setting but the fact is that godly people have discovered that prayer is still and always the mechanism of choice for communication with God. We don’t send smoke signals or chop down trees to speak with him. No, we pray and bring our hearts to communicate with the Most High God. Churches, ministries and lives are built on a relationship with God that is established and supported through constant communication with God, through prayer. We are committed to having individuals -and leaders, and our gathered body- who pray and seek God’s involvement in our hearts and in our church, and in our community. Through prayer, we invite God to change us, change our plans and direct us. We are a church who prays. We are a church who is committed to prayer with other Christ-centered ministries.
Objective 5– Strategic Outreach and Evangelism
-As the Lord wills, we will be intentional in our outreach and evangelism. We will work to reach out to neighbors, towns and the larger world around us and develop opportunities to share the Good News that Jesus Christ died to save sinners (1 Timothy 1:15). We want to graciously demonstrate the kingdom life that has come near to us through Jesus Christ and the filling of the Holy Spirit (Mark 1:15; Luke 10:1-12). By Outreach, we mean that we will take initiative to share good things we have with those around us in a manner that befits the free gift that we have received in Christ (i.e.. without creating an obligation of articulated gratitude or reciprocation) (James 2:14-26). By Evangelism, we mean that we will take initiative to foster relationships and create opportunities for individuals and groups to have the Gospel clearly articulated in ways they can understand (2 Corinthians 5:18; 2 Timothy 4:5).
Objective 6 – Active Partnership with Christ-Centered Groups & People
-As the Lord wills, we will work hard to celebrate with, minister with, rejoice with, mourn with, pray for, worship with and embrace Christ-centered groups so that God is glorified through us. There’s just something about unity that shows off the fact that God is at work. There are so many reasons to divide, but God gives us some very good reasons to unite. We unite because it reflects the unity that God enjoys (Romans 15:5-6). We unite because God is pleased by Christian unity (1 Peter 3:8). We unite because it brings joy (Philippians 2:2). We unite because fellowship with God is required for fellowship with one another (1 John 1:7). When we unite it is evidence that God is bigger than our reasons to divide. “Behold, how good and pleasant it is when brothers dwell in unity…For there the Lord has commanded the blessing, life forevermore” (Psalm 133:1, 3). “By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another” (John 13:35).
Objective 7 – Equipping & Sending Church Leaders and Church Plants
-There are many reasons to plant churches. So many churches fail every year, never to gather as a group or open their doors again. Most counties in the US don’t have enough churches that are Christ-centered and Biblical, righteous examples that advance the mission of Jesus. There’s a constant need for new churches to be planted that follow the model laid out in Scripture of evangelism, discipleship, and the priority of the Scriptures, following the Holy Spirit. Well, just as there is a constant need for new churches to be planted and sent, a disciple-making church is also constantly training and sending mature spiritual leaders to go out and carry the Gospel and righteous church experience with them. This is part of why we are committed to equipping people for the work of ministry (Eph. 4:11-16) and sending them out to do all their work for the glory of God, including vocational missionaries, pastors, teachers and leaders.