The purpose of the church is summed up in the commission Christ gave His disciples just before He ascended to Heaven: “And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen” (Matthew 28:18–20).
This last command of Christ should be our highest priority; every facet of church activity should in some way relate to this, the purpose of the church. Acts 5:42 records that the Jerusalem church was indeed fulfilling this purpose: “And daily in the temple, and in every house, they ceased not to teach and preach Jesus Christ.” This young church was constantly engaged in making the Gospel known to the world.
At Victory Baptist Church, we have emphasized this purpose in our three-point mission statement:
Loving God begins in the heart, with a personal relationship with Him. As we gather and participate in Christ-honoring worship services and respond to the preaching of God’s Word, this love flourishes. Mark 12:30 says, “And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment.”
A love for others grows out of our love for God. The Lord Jesus said that the second commandment was, “Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself….” In Mark 12:31. We grow in love together, in Christ, through the study of God’s Word. This occurs in our weekly services, in our smaller adult Bible fellowships, and in one-on-one discipleship.
Building Families and Friendships
We serve others as we find a place of ministry in the local body. As we all use our spiritual gifts, families and friendships are built on the principles of the Word of God. God’s plan for our lives, and following His design, is always the best way to live.
As a church, our mission is to reach the world with the Gospel of Christ. We want to share the Gospel with those who need the Lord – through witnessing to friends, coworkers, neighbors, and loved ones, as well as in witnessing in church outreach and giving to missions. We want to utilize every available biblical means, and we want to disciple and train every member to participate in accomplishing our church’s purpose.