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A five-point mission statement for the Local Church
                                                           by Steve Cornell
 
We seek to honor God by Winning, Building, Equipping, and Mobilizing people to advance Christ’s kingdom and exalt His name.

 Discipleship: At the heart of everything we do

“Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you: and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”  -Matthew 28:19-20

In view of this command from the Lord Jesus, disciple-making lies at the heart of everything we do. The divinely ordained arena for this is the local Church. To be effective disciple-makers, involves a two-fold responsibility. First, we must employ the means God has provided. Secondly, we must understand the attitudes and world-views which prevail in the culture to which God has sent us.

At Millersville Bible Church, we focus on the following:

1. The Gospel: Proclaiming the Gospel in an age of pluralism

Faith in Jesus Christ is the only way of eternal salvation. He said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life, no one comes to the Father but through me.” This message confronts the pluralistic attitude of our society which declares that all religious beliefs are equally valid. At MBC we believe that only the Gospel is the power of God for salvation to every one who believes. We seek to both proclaim the gospel in our community and train each disciple to effectively communicate it to those with whom they have contact.

2. Teaching: Teaching scripture in an age of relativism

Jesus prayed, “Sanctify them in the truth; Thy Word is truth.” God’s revelation to humanity, His instruction for what we should believe and how we should live, is found in the 66 books of the Bible. Though our culture promotes relativism–the idea that there is no absolute truth, the Bible declares itself to be truth from God. The disciple of Christ must not only understand the teachings of the Bible, but obey them as well. At MBC, we emphasize the proclamation, teaching, and application of God’s Word. The Scripture is our sole authority for life, and cannot be overruled by such things as religious tradition or personal experience.

3. Worship: Worship of God in an age of materialism

To worship God is to love Him with heart, soul, mind, and strength. This is God’s foremost command for his people. The Bible warns believers not to put anything “before the Lord God.” We cannot, as Jesus taught, “serve two masters.” Jesus said that a man’s life does not consist in the abundance of things he possesses. In an age of materialism, wealth and possessions can easily become modern day idols competing for the devotion of our hearts. At MBC, we encourage people to serve God with single-hearted devotion - seeking first His kingdom and righteousness. We view all aspects of life as a stewardship for which each of us will give an account to God.

4. Fellowship: Fellowship of believers in an age of individualism

It is God’s design for every Christian to be an active and accountable part of a local assembly of believers, willingly serving others. This results in the mutual encouragement and support of all the believers in their walk with Jesus Christ. In contrast, our society promotes individualism; the attitude which seeks to please self, elevates personal fulfillment, and avoids costly involvement with others. At MBC, we challenge believers to fulfill God’s design by meaningfully and sacrificially relating to others in the church. Merely attending the worship services will not accomplish this; other opportunities for both fellowship and service must be pursued.

5. Leadership: godly leadership in an age of anti-authoritarianism

Like every institution ordained by God, the Church of Jesus Christ has a structure of authority. God’s design for leadership in the local church consists of a group of godly leaders who are called elders. At MBC, we follow this pattern, with elders overseeing and guiding the life of the assembly. We cannot accept the attitude which rejects authority. The faithful disciple of Christ desires the accountability and security which comes from willing submission to those God has placed as leaders in His church.

Five key components for effective Church ministry

1. Multiple godly leadership

2. Managable shepherding units

3. Meaningfully related membership

4. Members strategically placed

5. Mobilized ministry teams

Seven essential emphases to effective Church ministry

1. Emphasis on qualified spiritual leadership: 1 Timothy 3; Titus 1; Hebrews 13:17.

2. Emphasis on maintaining unity: Ephesians 4:3; Philippians 2:14-15; John 17:21

3. Emphasis on humility in service: Luke 17:10; Mark 10:45; Philippians 2:3-5

4. Emphasis on every member ministry: Ephesians 4:16; Hebrews 3:12-13

5. Emphasis on grace on debatable matters: Romans 14:3

6. Emphasis on loving God by serving others: Hebrews 6:10;10:23-25        .

7. Emphasis on evangelism, discipleship and salt/light influence: Rom.1:16; Matt. 5:13-16;28:19-20



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