Church Mission Statement

I. The goal of every Christian

The goal of every Christian is to attain to maturity in Christ Jesus (Ephesians 4:13). And this is never intended by God to be a task undertaken alone. It is one in which each member of the body of Christ helps others within that body to attain to maturity (Ephesians 4:11-16; Hebrews 3:13, 10:24-25). And maturity involves delighting in all that God is for us in Jesus Christ, as John Piper puts it.

II. Our purpose

The purpose of the church is to be the body of Jesus Christ in the local community. We are called into the family of God. And we are called to go and make disciples teaching them to do all that Jesus has taught and commanded.

 

III. Our mission

A person is called not just to be saved but to discipleship. Discipleship is following Jesus and living out the implications of the Gospel. It is looking at the world through the lenses of the Gospel.

We have adopted the following definition of a disciple:

“A disciple of Jesus, then, is someone who learns the gospel, relates in the gospel, and communicates the gospel.”[1]

 So our goal as a church, and as individual members of that church, must be to help each other, by God’s grace, to be disciples and that means actively pursuing each of the three elements.

 

Learning the gospel

The Gospel is the good news (Gospel means “good news”) of Jesus Christ. Actually it is a bit more exciting than that sounds. It is, according to Christianity Explored author, Rico Tice, the kind of good news that sends you out into the street to hug total strangers. It is that good.

It is the goal of Avenue Evangelical church to be a body of people who receive teaching on the Gospel and who teach each other about the depths and heights of God’s love for us in Christ Jesus.

We recognise that learning the gospel is not the final goal. Becoming like Jesus is. And we believe that the gospel “provides us with…a set of lenses, not something for us to look at, but for us to look through.” (Lesslie Newbigin).

Relating the gospel

The church is the body of Christ and each one of us has been adopted into God’s family because of the sacrifice Jesus made for us. Jesus tells us that relationship to him is more important even than birth ties are. We are, says the apostle Paul, a very real new family and one that will endure. And Paul tells us that with membership of this family comes responsibility toward each other. We are people delighted by, and dedicated to, Jesus who know that we need to help each other remain dedicated to Jesus. God made us to be a community and to act together as a community. Our life with Jesus is also our life together. So we are committed to relating the gospel.

 

Communicating the Gospel

Because the Gospel is such good news (and alternative is so dreadful) we are committed to communicating the gospel to those around us. And, of course, Jesus, after telling his disciples that all authority in heaven and on earth had been given to him, tells them to go and make disciples. Given the authority with which they are spoken, they are words we know are intended to be obeyed. So as a church, and as individual members of it, we are committed to sharing the good news.

 



[1] Dodson, Gospel Centred Discipleship, 38.