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Jesus understood his own life and ministry while on earth as having been “sent” by his Father. It appears over 21 times in the Gospel of John; the Father sent the Son, having assigned him the task to do everything necessary to rescue people from sin and death and restore them to a relationship with God through His sinless life, atoning death, and bodily resurrection. To His disciples, Jesus said, “As the Father has sent me, I also send you” (Jn. 20:21, CSB). Jesus assigns his disciples a purpose, a mission, and as that mission is accomplished, the Kingdom of God is manifested as it advances. Without the Gospel of God’s free grace in Christ Jesus, we are lost to the mission of God and can be of no part in accomplishing it. Only when we’ve rightly responded to the gospel, having been born again as new creatures by faith, living in that identity of sent, we can by his indwelling Spirit, be on mission and embody the Kingdom.
We have prayerfully discerned that our mission ought to be the greatest, not in the sense of our perspective, but in what the word describes as the greatest. Therefore...
Jesus said, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the greatest and most important command. The second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets depend on these two commands.” (Mat. 22:37-40, CSB) In this, we receive the Great Commandments: Love God and Love People. After Jesus’ death and
resurrection, He received all authority in heaven and on earth from His Father. Then He said to His disciples, “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, teaching them to observe everything I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” (Mat. 28:19-20, CSB). In this we receive the Great Commission: Make Disciples. This is how we get our mission to...
Love God. Love People. Make Disciples.
Fulfilling the Great Commission by Obeying the Great Commandments
Our Mission = 2 Great Commands + 1 Great Commission
Our understanding of this mission can be seen in our logo: the three elements revolving around the cross indicate that our love for God, love for people, and multiplying of disciples revolve around, are embodied in and emanate out of the cross of Jesus Christ. We do not believe this mission is uniquely ours, but we are uniquely invited into it where we are, as we are in Christ. We believe God has uniquely called us to this mission locally, globally, and everywhere in between. We desire to see every person come to behold, believe, love, and obey Jesus in every area of their life as Jesus alone is “the way, the truth, and the life” (John 14:6). We desire to see that love for God translate into a self-giving love for people, and that the best way to love people is to introduce them to Jesus and encourage true love for Him. This is why the elements revolving around the cross in our logo point to one another, as each is not a means to an end in and of itself, but cultivates the others.
We each have been entrusted with this mission of the ministry of reconciliation and equipped with the message of reconciliation (2 Cor. 5:18-19); we aim to train all our members to be engaged in this mission to love God, love people, and make disciples. We do this by holding to some core values.
Christ-Centered Families. Intimate Communities of Discipleship. Radical Hospitality. Vibrant Prayer. Cross-Cultural Mission.
We hold these five values as essential to church life and ministry, using them to shape and design our ministry efforts, from Life Groups and missions trips to Church picnics and one-on-one get-togethers over coffee. We refuse to waste time and energy on any “effort” that doesn’t align with our mission and values. For an in-depth study of our mission and values, listen to our sermon series titled The Greatest Mission and Mission.
What is Free Methodist?
Waynesboro FM is part of the Free Methodist network of churches. This Free Methodist Church has over 1 million members in 1,000+ churches in the USA and 10,000+ churches worldwide. Free Methodist churches are located in over 80 countries.