“It is the whole duty of the whole church to preach the whole gospel to the whole world.” – C.H. Spurgeon When Vision Baptist Church was planted in 2006, there was no discussion about the message or mission of the church. It is not that we did not think it was of vital importance, we just knew that it simply was not up for debate. Our Commander and Chief, Jesus, layed it out very clearly for us as He ascended back up to heaven. He told us to “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 always, even unto the end of the world.” Matthew 28:19 Until He returns, we, as a church, will be busy about “going, “teaching“, “baptizing“, and “teaching them to observe all things”,depending upon the Holy Spirit that abides with us even until the end of the world. Let’s break down each of those words and phrases:
- Go. Sets the destination into perspective–starting where we are and not ending until we reach the destination of “all nations.” We believe here at Vision that our default setting should be to go. The burden of proof is on those who believe they should stay. (Confusing phrasing?)
- Teach. The way the message of the Gospel will be transferred from person to person will be through teaching. This teaching precedes the command to baptize. This teaching is Gospel proclamation which is done through preaching, discipleship, and conversations we have with all that we meet.
- Baptize. We believe as a church that we have the privilege and responsibility to celebrate with new believers through baptism. This is one of the reasons we are so convinced about the need for church planting in our pursuit of world evangelism.
- Teaching them to observe all things. We also see teaching taking place after baptism where the believer is learning how to “observe all things.” We are obedient to this command through our ministry of life-on-life discipleship with those who enter our church family. (Maybe mention this is different than the teaching mentioned before?)