What God has called us to do
The mission of the Church has been given by our Lord in the Great Commission (Matthew 28:16-20) and the Great Commandment (Matthew 22:26-40). In summary, these ‘great instructions’ of our Lord call us to make disciples of Jesus as we love God and love one another. This is the aim of the church.
Why we do it
At the end of the book of Hebrews, we are reminded that Jesus suffered outside of the city gate to make the people holy through His own blood and that we are called to follow Him outside of the city gates (Hebrews 13:12-13). In ancient times, that meant going to places that were outside of the safety and comfort of the community of God’s people into dry, desolate, sometimes dangerous places. In our day and age, those places are no longer on the outside of our cities, but into the heart of our cities and into the hearts of our neighbors who are far from God.
What it will ultimately look like
The vision of Redeemer Anglican Church is that we would be a people who Participate with Christ in the Redemption of All Things. We do that as we Sit with Jesus, Share His Hope and Serve His World.
SIT WITH JESUS
First and foremost we are called to become disciples ourselves. Throughout His life, Jesus regularly modeled a pattern of drawing away from the busyness of life and ministry in order to pray to His Father in Heaven. With His disciples, Jesus consistently pulled them aside and called them away for times of rest, instruction and connection. Even before our service to Him, we are invited to sit at the feet of Jesus to rest, to listen and to be filled. It is at the feet of Jesus, and at the foot of His cross, that we experience His redeeming work in our lives. Our life of faith begins here.
SHARE HIS HOPE
In 2 Corinthians 5:11-21, Paul proclaims the unbelievable reality that we have been reconciled to God through Christ. We have hope because of Christ, and our lives are redeemed and made new by that truth. Paul then reminds the church that we have been entrusted with sharing that message of reconciliation with others. It is as the church is sent out to share this message that the redeeming work of Christ is made known in the world.
SERVE HIS WORLD
While the work of redemption is undoubtedly something that only Christ can do, still, Christ has chosen to use His church to be His physical, tangible presence here on earth. We are sent out into the world to be the aroma of Christ, His witnesses to the world, the caretakers of His sheep. So while there is no doubt that it is the Lord who redeems, in His grace and mercy, He often uses His church to accomplish His purposes on earth.