We believe local churches exist to make disciples, love cities, and plant churches that share the same vision.
We seek to make disciples of Jesus, in obedience to his commands.
“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’” (Matthew 28:18-20). We believe a disciple is someone who has received a new identity from Jesus, by grace through faith, which leads to new activity for Jesus. The new identity we receive in Christ includes adoption into God’s family, forgiveness of sins, as well as being counted righteous before God. By God’s grace, this new identity leads to new activity. This new activity is summed up in one word: holiness. To be holy means to be set apart in obedience to God.
As we seek to love God with all our heart, soul, and mind, we all also seek to love our neighbor.
“You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself” (Matthew 22:37-39). We believe we should love our city through evangelism, prayer, and practical service. We strive to always be seeking the peace and prosperity of the city as a whole (Jeremiah 29:4-11), as well as loving our neighbors individually (Luke 10:25-37).
We plant churches so that more people will be saved by Jesus as well as grow in love and service to both God and neighbor.
“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth” (Acts 1:8). We believe the promise of Acts 1:8 will be ultimately fulfilled by Jesus, through his church, as they obey the great commission. For Ekklesia, planting churches is a natural extension of Jesus’ command for us to make disciples of all nations.
In this short sermon series, we will focus on three passages to help answer the question what is the mission of the Church?
2. WE EXIST TO LOVE CITIES: Luke 10:25-37
3. WE EXIST TO PLANT CHURCHES: Matthew 28:18-20
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