About a year ago our church adopted a mission statement to make it clear who we are and what we are about. It goes like this... "Memorial Baptist Church seeks to be a family who glorifies Christ through living and proclaiming God's Word." This coming year we will begina four year process teaching and implementing what we'll call the Four Pillars of our church- 1) Linking in Fellowship; 2) Learning the Bible; 3) Leading in Ministry; and 4) Living out the Gospel. These four pillars sum up what is expected of every member if we are to consistently carry out our mission statement.
When I think of a church's specific and clarified mission or vision it is hard not to think about the Apostles in Acts 5. They were boldly preaching the gospel and getting a lot of opposition for it by the Jewish leaders. The Sanhedrin by and large tragically rejected Jesus as Messiah and Lord. The Apostles were brought before the High Priest to face charges of preaching the good news of Jesus Christ after they were told not to. The High Priest said in Acts 5:28, "We gave you strict orders not to continue teaching in this name, and yet, you have filled Jerusalem with your teaching." Now how's that for a mission or vision statement?? How about... our vision is to fill our city with the teaching of God's Word!? Can you imagine a city filled in every dark corner with Biblical teaching? That's pretty impressive and should be the goal of every church. Our church is in Port Arthur, Texas and my prayer is that Port Arthur would become filled with the teaching of Biblical truth!