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“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.” (Matt 28:18-20)
Preaching the gospel and making disciples is both a clear and broad command. How it is contextualized in each church where Jesus is Lord is unique and adds to the wonderful kaleidoscope of God’s redemptive plan for humanity. At For His Glory Community Church, we believer our part in living out the great commission looks like this:
For us, the center of the great commission is not the “go” nor the “make”, but the “me” that proceeds it. That of course speaks of Jesus, the one to whom owns “all authority in heaven and on earth”. We believe the greatest pursuit of the church is the pursuit of knowing him. This was Paul’s purpose in life (Phil 3) and was the one truth that God ordained man to boast in (Jer 9:24). This means that at the core of our life as a church, it is to know the wonders, the depths, the workings, the declarations, the nature, and the sovereign work of God in saving sinners. When we are brought by faith to understand who God is, amazing things happen in our lives: we worship Him, we forsake sin, we love others, we discover joy and hope and courage for life, we serve with abandonment that the world takes notice. So our vision is for a church that values and intetionally pursues a rich theological understanding of God for the sake of loving Him. We therefore believe that “theology”, which is the study of God, should and must be done first and foremost in the church.
From a life pursuit of knowing God should then come a life pursuit of proclaiming God. We believe this is best done in a type of living that is both intentional and external, or we might say missional. Our prayer at FHG is that each member would view church as a place to be so radically ravaged by the image of God’s grace that they pursue the lost with courage and boldness, knowing that no sinner is beyond the saving reach of a sovereign Savior. We believe this is best done by active engagement in our community, by intentionally reaching to those outside the walls of the church, by every ministry in FHG rethinking what it means to do ministry and how to incorporate a care and a love towards those for whom Christ died for. For us, this type of living missionally as a church is not just to reach the lost, but is deeply ingrained in the discipleship of believers.
Undergirding these thoughts of what it means to be a church are the core values that the Spirit of God has embedded in us as a church. These give will give you a sense of who we are as we pursue the vision God has given us.