Matthew 28:19-20 (NRSV) says:

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, 20 and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”*

  1. "Go" - We are a called people who are sent into the world. We are not withdrawn from our community but seek to meet people where they are now.
  2. "Make Disciples" - Our building, programs, services, and special events revolve around this purpose of making disciples. What we do is based on this goal of making disciples.
  3. "baptizing" - We view holy sacraments of baptism and communion as essential for initial and continued renewal of the heart, mind, and soul.
  4. "Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit" - We hold the mystery of the Triune God as essential to our faith and understanding of God who gives identity, sense of belonging, and purpose to us as individuals and as a church.
  5. "teaching them" - Core to our purpose is that through study of scripture, prayer, preaching, small group bible study, and worship, we are better equipped to live into a life of discipleship. These are the means by which we learn wisdom and experience grace found in becoming a disciple and following after Christ.
  6. "remember" - We believe we are in need of both a remembrance of the grace and mercy demonstrated by God through the cross and a celebration of the expectant hope it brings us. We need to remember who we were before and who we are now because of Christ' continuing ministry. We remember our purpose in this world and the one to come.
  7. "I am with you always" - We need encouragement and reminders that God is with us, always. This is not based on earning the privilege but it is based on God's unconditional love for us.

(*The Holy Bible: New Revised Standard Version (Nashville: Thomas Nelson Publishers, 1989), Mt 28:19–20.)