What Is The Mission Of Our Church?
(9Marks) According to Scripture, the local church’s mission is to proclaim, preserve, and display the gospel.
Proclaim the gospel. Jesus charged the apostles with proclaiming the gospel to all nations (Matt. 28:18-20), and he established the church to carry out that task. Preaching the gospel is central to the church’s mission (2 Tim. 2:15, 4:2)
Preserve the gospel. Paul calls the church a pillar and buttress of the truth (1 Tim. 3:15). The church is charged with the task of preserving the true gospel throughout the ages (1 Tim. 1:3-4; 2 Tim. 1:13; Tit. 1:9). It does this through faithfully preaching the gospel, refuting false teaching, and maintaining doctrinal and moral purity among its members.
Display the gospel. Paul says that through the church God makes known his wisdom to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly places (Eph. 3:10). Through the holy lives of its members and its unity-in-diversity (1 Cor. 12:12-26), the church is called to be a vivid, living color display of the gospel it preaches.
We recognize that God has been at work in every generation throughout history to call out a people for His name. At various points in history, battles against false teaching have been waged by those committed to the truth of the gospel.
Below are links to several historic confessions that we find of value in our defense of gospel truth:
Apostles Creed is an ancient creed dating back to at least AD 390. It provides a simple outline of basic doctrine.
London Baptist Confession 1689 with preface by Charles Haddon Spurgeon.
Throughout history the church has made use of questions and answers as a means of teaching doctrine to the next generation. We believe that catechism can still be of help in grounding us in the faith.
In 1855 C.H. Spurgeon compiled a catechism for his church family, he wrote this in the preface:
“I am persuaded that the use of a good Catechism in all our families will be a great safeguard against the increasing errors of the times, and therefore I have compiled this little manual from the Westminster Assembly’s and Baptist Catechisms, for the use of my own church and congregation. Those who use it in their families or classes must labour to explain the sense; but the words should be carefully learned by heart, for they will be understood better as years pass.”
A Puritan Catechism (Spurgeon)
A Baptist Catechism (Edited by John Piper)
Our Vision For Kitwe Church
We dream of Kitwe Church becoming a place where God is glorified through the clear teaching of His Word resulting in adults and children understanding and obeying Christ. We are excited about what God is doing at Kitwe Church.
Here is our vision for Kitwe Church:
- We dream of a church built on the foundation of the Word of God and the person of Jesus Christ where God is ever glorified!
- We dream of a church where people of all cultures are welcomed, accepted and loved.
- We dream of a church where family relationships are helped, nurtured, and strengthened.
- We dream of a church where the hurting find acceptance, love, hope, and help to meet their deepest need.
- We dream of a church committed to sharing the gospel and helping others put their faith in Christ.
- We dream of a church where people gladly grow to spiritual maturity.
- We dream of a church where people are equipped for ministry, by helping them discover and develop their God-given gifts and talents.
- We dream of a church where the church leaders are raised up from within the congregation.
- We dream of a church that responds in compassion to physical needs in our communities.
- We dream of a church that is involved in ministering to orphans & street children in our nation.
- We dream of a church that sends the gospel to people who have not heard by supporting qualified missionaries.
“Now unto Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all we can ask or think according to the power that works in us, to Him be glory in the church… through Christ Jesus.” (Eph. 3:20-21)
We are excited about what God has for the future of Kitwe Church! Come join us in this journey of faith!
Phil Hunt – Pastor for Vision & Preaching
Jamie Smith – Pastor for Discipleship & Small Groups