We exist to equip believers for missions through exhortation, education, training and opportunity so that we as a congregation may present men from every tribe, tongue, and nation complete in Christ, being empowered by His Spirit and sustained by His grace, in order that God might be glorified above all things.
We exist to encourage the members of Cornerstone Community Church by presenting information about missions and providing opportunities for missionaries to share their burdens and experiences.
We exist to educate members of Cornerstone Community Church of the need for missions work throughout our world that they might share in the burden of reaching the lost from every tribe, tongue, and nation.
We exist to train members of Cornerstone Community Church so that they may be fully prepared and equipped to serve on mission fields across our community, our country and our world.
We exist to provide the members of Cornerstone Community Church with financial support as well as opportunities through short and long term mission projects on mission fields across our community, our country, and our world.
Matt. 28: 16-20; Acts 1:6-11; Rom. 1:1-15; 11:36; Eph. 1:7-10; 3:21; 4:11-16
The stated purpose of Cornerstone Community Church is to present every man complete in Christ, being empowered by His Spirit and sustained by His grace, in order that God might be glorified above all things.
The vision out of which that mission statement emerges is a pursuit of the glory of God. What is the glory of God? In Scripture we are shown the glory of God from many different perspectives and in various degrees. The glory of God is simply the outshining of God’s greatness and excellence. Psalm 19 says, The heavens declare the glory of God (19:1). John 1:14 says, A the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father full of grace and truth. The writer of Hebrew says of Christ, He is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of His nature (Heb. 1:3). Christ declares the glory of God in a way the heavens don’t. He is the incarnating of and the ultimate revelation of God’s glory. God’s glory then is simply God’s revelation and communication of himself to His creatures.
How can we best glorify God? The answer is by presenting everyman complete in Christ—not by making much of people, but by making much of Christ so that the all-surpassing greatness of Christ captures men’s hearts. Our purpose then is grounded in a high view of Christ as the ultimate revelation of God’s glory, the centrality of the church in God’s pursuit of His glory in Christ (that’s missions) and an utter dependence on the Holy Spirit’s gifting and empowerment for the fulfillment of the Great Commission (that’s missions too).
We are convinced of two things from Scripture regarding missions. 1.) God intends for the church to take the gospel to the nations (ethno-linguistic peoples). Matt. 28: 16-20 could not be plainer. 2.) God intends the church to take the gospel to the nations for His glory. These two convictions go together and are vitally important because we can try to take the gospel to the nations with a wrong focus, namely, the nations rather than God. From Romans 1:5, we are gripped with Paul’s vision of mission. It is a vision of mission rooted in the glory of Christ.
A church through which God is making Himself known is a church that is intentionally taking the gospel to ends of the earth. Such a church is characterized by two things: an understanding of God—that is theological orthodoxy—and a will for God—that is love for God, which is holiness, and affections for God, which is happiness in God. An understanding of God, love to God, and joy in God are glorifying to God because these are a reflection of His understanding of Himself, love for Himself, and delight in Himself communicated to us (Edwards, The End). God’s communication of Himself is mission. Our communication of God to others is a reflection of God’s communication of Himself to us through the gospel.
When statements are made about global missions, some may think, What about here? When we say we are to take the gospel to the ends of earth, we are speaking comprehensively. That is, we are as concerned for the children in our Sunday School this morning as we are for the tribes in the Mountains of Central Asia. Missions is not an either/or endeavor (Acts 1:8). It is both/and. If we leave the one off, we will not do the other. Which will we dispense with and maintain the thought that we have rightly understood the gospel? When we leave off one or the other, we have people not God as our end. The pursuit of God’s glory always broadens our perspective rather than narrows it. God has communicated His glory globally, and so should we.
If God’s revelation of Himself is the ground of mission, the Bible is missionary in scope, and the church is missionary in purpose. Missions is not ultimate. God’s glory is ultimate. Missions gets at the ultimate. Missions is the redemptive activity of the church in the world.
These thoughts lead to a few observations for the church regarding missions.