God's Vision and Mission

Almost every church has a vision and mission. Whether stated or unstated, there is an end (telos) to which they are moving toward (vision), and there is a strategy for getting there. 

The story of God tells us that He too has an end toward which He is moving and a plan for getting there. In the early pages of Scripture, we see a God who desires to dwell with the men and women He has created. Even after our rebellion, our God continued to pursue His people through covenants with Noah, Abraham, Moses, and David. This pursuit came to its climax in the arrival of Jesus of Nazareth. Jesus was the God in the flesh. He had come to live, die and resurrect so that God could once and for all dwell with His people. Jesus arrives declaring that the Kingdom of God is at hand, that the process of renewal has begun while also promising that God will return at the end of time to make all things new one and for all.  This is God's story, the making of all things new, His aim. The advancement of the Kingdom through the advancement of the gospel his strategy. And in Christ, it is now our story, and so it is our vision and mission. 

Our Vision

We desire for Redemption City Church to be a gospel-formed community who loves God, one another and the towns we live in as we join with God in the renewal of all things. 

[15] He (Christ) is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. [16] For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him. [17] And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together. [18] And he is the head of the body, the church. He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in everything he might be preeminent. [19] For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, [20] and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of his cross. - Colossians 1:15-20

Our Mission

Discipleship is the word we use for this process of renewal and formation. And discipleship is the primary way Jesus has invited us to participate in the kingdom. 

"Then Jesus came to them and said, "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age. (Matthew 28:18-20) 

If discipleship is the primary way Jesus has invited us to participate in the kingdom, we will accomplish our vision by making disciples and planting a family of churches in Frederick County. 

[6] So when they had come together, they asked him, “Lord, will you at this time restore the kingdom to Israel?” [7] He said to them, “It is not for you to know times or seasons that the Father has fixed by his own authority. [8] But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” [9] And when he had said these things, as they were looking on, he was lifted up, and a cloud took him out of their sight. [10] And while they were gazing into heaven as he went, behold, two men stood by them in white robes, [11] and said, “Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking into heaven? This Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will come in the same way as you saw him go into heaven.” -Acts 1:6-11

Want to hear more about our Vision and Mission? Listen to the sermon and talk given on Vision Sunday 2017. 

Our Strategy

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  1. Centering on Jesus and the Gospel
    • Help people treasure and trust Jesus above all. 
    • Motivate people to follow Jesus by grace. 
    • Pray for a Spirit-Empowered focus on Jesus. 
  2. Reaching Unbelievers
    • Help individuals and Community Groups reach unbelievers. 
    • Translate terms and preaching for unbelievers. 
  3. Maturing Disciples
    • Baptize and root church family in gospel essentials. 
    • Devoted to God in Christ, Scripture, Prayer, One-Another, and Good Works. 
  4. Form disciples a few at a time. 
    • Help the body serve (gathered and scattered). 
    • Liturgy and Expository Preaching
    • Train for Kingdom Living: work, school, play, home, etc
  5. Multiplying Healthy Leaders to Stay and Planters to Go
    • Develop and multiply community group leaders.
    • Develop and multiply. 
    • Develop and multiply elders to stay.
    • Develop and multiply planters (elders) to go.  
    • Develop and multiply staff.