The Mission of God
In the beginning the Triune God (Father, Son, and Spirit) created everything out of nothing and designed it to reflect his perfection and glory. Unfortunately, due to the first man and woman's rejection of God's design and love, all of creation has been vaulted into chaos. Evil abounds in our hearts and in our world because each of us have suppressed the truth of God, exchanged Him for a lie, and pursued our own desires to our detriment (Romans 1:18-23).
However, it pleased God to call, rescue, redeem, and restore all that has gone wrong in our world. The movement of Scripture's narrative points to this day when the glory of God will be made manifest on earth (Habakkuk 2:14). History is moving toward the climactic end when God will recreate all things to the praise of his glorious grace. The mission of God is the restoration of peace, purchased by Jesus Christ, where the glory of God is known and experienced by His people for their joy.
Isaiah 42:8, Ezekiel 20:14, Mark 1:15, Ephesians 1:11
The Mission of the Church
The mission of the church is distinct, but not separated from the mission of God. God's mission is the tangible expansion of his glory, while the mission of the church is the announcement of that expansion. How do we accomplish this? We go 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 obey all that Christ has commanded us (Matthew 28:18-20).
Our hearts desire is to make disciples by being on mission. This does not mean that we go on mission trips, though that is include, but that our lives are aimed at making disciples where the Lord has placed us. In 2 Corinthians 5:11-21 the Apostle Paul shows the natural by-product of being a disciple. As those who have been redeemed and reconciled to God through the Gospel of Jesus Christ, we are now ambassadors for reconciliation. We are heralds of hope and wholeness to a lost and dying world. We love, share, serve, pray, preach, teach, and gather to see God glorified through reconciliation.
The mission of Coggin Ave Baptist Church is to make disciples
by leading them to connect with God, with others,
through service, and to the world for the glory of God.
Scripture teaches that the God we worship is Triune (Tri-Unity). The Trinity is a blessed and wonderful mystery that teaches God exists eternally as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. As image bearers of the Triune God, we believe that we are designed for community. God has wired us to know others deeply and to be known deeply. We want to push past the cultural expression of “casual church going.” We need one another because community is the context for disciple-making.
When we say we want to lead people to connect with God, we mean that we want them to know and worship Him. We don’t simply strive to climb an intellectual ladder, but we seek to hold to sound doctrine, which inevitably results in godly living. Our desire is to help foster a personal relationship with Christ, a hunger for his word, and desire to fellowship with him in worship. Worship is the motivation for disciple-making..
TO THE WORLD
Disciples replicate. Discipleship does not terminate on itself, but results in multiplication. Our love for God and love for others is increased and empowered when we train disciples to "Go and make disciples.". This isn’t merely the call of the collective church, but of every individual disciple of Christ. Making disciples is the result of disciple-making.
Jesus said, “If you wish to be great, make yourself the least.”.Connecting through service is motivated by our King who made himself low in order to reconcile us to the Father. God spared no expense in reaching us, nor should we spare any expense in meeting the needs of those within the church and outside the church. Service is the outflow of disciple-making