1. save the lost
Luke 19:10b; 1 Timothy 1:15b; 2 Corinthians 5:19-20
Christ has ascended into Heaven and we are His ambassadors to carry on His work of saving the lost.
Our purpose is to clearly share the gospel of Christ with Martinsville and the entire world.
2. grow the saved
New Christians need immediate nourishment for their inner man and that only comes from Godís Word. 1 Peter 2:2 Godís goal for every Christian is that they become fully mature believers who are allowing Christ to live through them in every area of their life.
Although we are not sinless, we should be growing and changing into the likeness of Christ. Romans 8:29, 12:1
3. equip the faithful
Ephesians 4:11-15 Once people grow and learn Godís Word, it is the churchís job to train and equip them so that they can take what they learn and in turn impact others in ministry.
Church leadership should identify the faithful and provide training so that they are equipped with the knowledge and practical tools they need to serve Christ in a meaningful and impacting ministry.
A faithful person who has been equipped for ministry is impacting and changing lives for eternity!
4. send forth workers
The ultimate goal is not to just fill Christians up with Bible knowledge, although this is very important, it is so that they can make a difference in the lives of other no matter where they may go.
Our desire is to see Christians serving not only in the local church but to be sent to work in other churches as well as around the world through missions. The greatest measure of a church is not its seating capacity but its sending capacity.