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The Mission of Second Baptist Church

Reaching people and equipping them to become fully devoted followers of Christ by being  a full service church in North Central South Carolina

 

The mission at Second Baptist Church is grounded in what is commonly known as “The Great Commission” found in Matthew 28:18-20: “And Jesus came up and spoke to them, saying, ‘All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth.  Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age’. The obvious focus is on making “disciples” of the Lord Jesus Christ. 

The Lord also left us with the Great commandment in Matthew 22:36-40:  ‘Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?’ And He said to him, ‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the great and foremost commandment. “The second is like it, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ “On these two commandments depend the whole Law and the Prophets” (NASB95).”

 

Our vision at Second Baptist church is to be a Great Commandment and a Great Commission church.

 

Our Vision Statement:

Love God Love People Live the Mission

 

We are to love God
Jesus said that we are to love the Lord with all one’s heart, soul, and mind. John MacArthur states: “That does not express separate and technical definitions of each element of human nature or a compartmentalizing of love into three categories, but rather means comprehensiveness. We are to love the Lord our God with every part of our being.”[1] Jesus was quoting Deuteronomy 6:5 where the Hebrew word for love refers primarily to an act of mind and will, the determined care for the welfare of something or someone. It might well include strong emotion, but its distinguishing characteristics were the dedication and commitment of choice.  It is the love that recognizes and chooses to follow that which is righteous, noble, and true, regardless of what one’s feelings in a matter might be. It is the Hebrew equivalent of the Greek agape in the New Testament, the verb of intelligent, purposeful, and committed love that is an act of the will. We willfully chose to love and worship Christ every day.

 

All of us are wired for worship, and the only way we can express true love to God and worship Him is through a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. The problem is that everyone does not love and worship Jesus as the one true Lord. Unfortunately we are natural born idolaters, and it is good for us to admit that up front. You may be saying, wait a minute pastor I am not an idolater by nature.  Yes you are. We all are. Sinful human beings are natural born idolaters because of one simple fact-we must worship, we will worship. The human soul will find an object to worship, either on the shelf, on an altar, in the mirror, in an idea or philosophy, in possession.  We are born idolaters. It is through our wrong worship we give testimony to the wrong god. We must worship in a way that gives the right testimony to the one true God – Jesus Christ. Our worship betrays our theology. We must remember this formula and live it out in our lives: Right God = Right Worship. If our love and worship is not focused on Christ, we are guilty of breaking the greatest commandment and betraying the very essence of love and worship.  

 

Question: What are ways that we demonstrate our love for Jesus?

Love People
Jesus also tells us that you are to love your neighbor as yourself. Did you hear that? When you are hungry, what do you do? You feed yourself. When you are thirsty, what do you do? You get something to drink. When you are cold, what do you do? You get a jacket or find a warm place. You do not simply think or talk about it. You actually take care of yourself. Likewise, we are to take care of those in need. When you realized that you were a sinner and needed a savior what did you do? You repented and surrendered to the Lordship of Christ.

 

We also must realize all of mankind has sinned and do all that we can to lead them to the Savior. Love for our neighbor doesn’t stop there. In John 13:34 Jesus says: “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, even as I loved you, that you also love one another(NASB).” Genuine love for others is of the same kind as genuine love for God. It is by choice purposeful, intentional, and active, not merely sentimental and emotional. Jesus goes on to say, “By this (how we love one another) all people will know that you are my disciples (John 13:35 NASB).” If the unbelieving world is ever going to have a love for Jesus, they must first see our love demonstrated toward others.

 

Question: What are ways that we demonstrate our love for others?

Live the Mission
Paul tells us in Romans “Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship” (NASB). How are we to present ourselves to God? We are to be a living sacrifice. The word living reminds us of what God has made us: we are people who are now “alive to God in Christ Jesus” (Romans 6:11). But we are also to sacrifice our lives to Him. The entire Old Testament teaches that a sacrifice was needed to communicate with God. Remember that those sacrifices were killed. The point that Paul is making when he says that we are living sacrifices is that even though we are alive in Christ, we must die to ourselves daily. In order to truly worship God we must crucify the flesh and allow the Holy Spirit to have control. The word “spiritual” actually means logical or rational. Our worship is to be thought out and reasoned. Paul encourages us to look at our entire Christian lives as acts of worship.

 

It is not just what is done on Sunday in a church building that ‘ascribes worth’ to God, but what God and the world see in us every day and every moment of the week. Is God our focus?

In order to worship we have to gives our lives sacrificially for the master. Paul is telling us to give our lives to God’s service. We do this because it is what seems rational. When we weigh what God has done for us, it only seems rational to give our lives to Him. The bottom line is this. We must embrace what God has done for us, then render our lives in service and worship to Him.

 

Question: What are ways we can live the mission?



[1] MacArthur, J. (1989). Matthew (Mt 22:37). Chicago: Moody Press.

 

 



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