A Missionary for Community consists of a committed core of believers who live out the mission of God together in a specific area, or to a particular people group, by demonstrating the Gospel in tangible forms and declaring the Gospel to others— both those who believe it and those who are being exposed to it.
In the Gospel we acknowledge that we are nothing without Jesus; He gives us our wholeness and a new identity, who we are now, in God’s sight, because of what Jesus has done. In our Mission for Community we affirm this by and through prayer, confessing our sins to one another, repentance and by engaging with God’s Word, the Bible. Heb. 10:24-25, 1 John 1:9, James 5:26, John 5:39-40
A Mission for Community aims to live out the Gospel in their local area. There is a core of people who are members of Logan Grace Baptist Church, and then there are others who attend the Church as well as others who don't. As a community, each group will have three primary functions.
The people in Mission for Community will be doing life together. As such, they will be involved in caring for each other's needs - the spiritual, physical and emotional support required to do life, living out the Gospel each day.
Outreach is the mission for community aspect for our Community. As well as doing life together, the people in mission for community aim to show others what life looks like living as one redeemed by Jesus. Doing this means we are joining with God on His mission through Jesus Christ. Jesus was sent to us and He sent out His disciples. We are His disciples and have been commissioned to make disciples. We are invited by God the Father to join Him in this mission, in reconciling the world to Himself. This should lead us in a passion to share the gospel with those who do not yet know Jesus. We do this by caring for non-believers in practical ways and speaking the truth of the Gospel in love. Matt 28:18-20, Acts 1:8, 2 Cor. 5:11-21.
Often, the practical definition of a disciple is someone who's made a decision at some stage in their life to seek forgiveness for their sins from Jesus. They turn up for church semi-regularly and that's about it. But a definition like this falls short of embracing everything the Gospel offers in Christ.
When a person truly becomes a Christian they are made to be righteous in the sight of God. This is brought about through their sins being dealt with by Jesus (in His death on the cross), and by Christ's righteous life being applied to them. When God looks at them He no longer sees their sin, but the righteousness of Christ. 2 Corinthians 5: 17 and Galatians 2: 20 teach us that being a follower of Jesus - a disciple - means living out this new identity we have in Christ. Because we are united to Jesus, the power of sin has been broken and its presence in our heart is being progressively removed. This is what the Christian life is about.
With joy we can affirm that we are a new creature in Christ, and with humility we must confess there is still sin in our heart, so that God's grace is needed as much today as when we first believed.
Discipleship is the process where, through mutual encouragement, learning, accountability and prayer, we participate in the ongoing work of heart change. Within our Mission for community you will find leaders who are prepared to join you in this journey of Gospel transformation Romans 12: 2. The Gospel enables us to do this, and God's Holy Spirit empowers us to do this.