What We Are To Do
We believe that the purpose of the worldwide Church is to partner with God in the ministry of reconciliation.
Scripture tells us that God created humankind to have a relationship of love and worship with himself. However, the intent of God in creation was destroyed through human sin. Consequently, God has been working to bring about reconciliation. 2 Corinthians 5:11-21 explains the involvement of the Church in the ministry of reconciliation, “God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting men’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation. We are, therefore, Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us…” (19-20).
How We Want To Do It
We believe that our mission is to be understood through the study of the Bible. There are 2 important passages that frame our understanding of our current mission-the “Great Commission” (Matthew 28:18-20) and the “Great Commandment” (Mark 12:30,31).
The Great Commission: Jesus said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you” (Matthew 28:18-20). The mission of the Carlisle Brethren in Christ Church is, therefore, to “make disciples” through evangelism (go), incorporate into the community of faith (baptizing) and disciple one another (teaching).
The Great Commandment: Jesus said, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength…Love your neighbor as yourself” (Mark 12:30,31). Our mission is not only what we are to do-make disciples-but also who we are. We are called to love God supremely and love one another sacrificially.
Our mission could, therefore, be summarized as:
Our mission is to help people come to a personal
and growing relationship with Jesus Christ.
We are called to this mission so that human beings might be transformed into the people God intended them to be. This journey of spiritual transformation is one that will last a lifetime and is facilitated by the local church through evangelism, worship, discipleship, fellowship, and service. While we believe it is the responsibility of the local congregation to facilitate personal spiritual transformation, it is ultimately the individual believer’s responsibility to follow Christ in full surrender and complete obedience.
We will seek to accomplish our mission by:
- Evangelizing our community and our world;
- Exalting our God through private and corporate worship;
- Edifying one another through fellowship and care;
- Equipping believers for ministry through discipleship; and
- Extending ourselves to serve others with compassion.