A few weeks ago, Daniel taught through our Mission statement. We’re posting the content from Daniel’s message as a series of three articles.
This week we will talk about the mission of Midtown Baptist Church. The mission is how we seek, by God’s grace, to reach the vision. The mission of MBC is:
By God’s grace, we pursue this vision together by treasuring God’s glory in Christ, building one another up in the faith, and proclaiming his gospel among all peoples.
The majority of this talk will focus on three words from that statement: Treasure, Build, Proclaim
Before we begin, we don’t want to lose sight of the very important words at the beginning of this mission statement. This mission is by God’s grace. We are desperately dependent on Him. We are graciously saved by Him. We are graciously sanctified by Him. And one day we will be graciously glorified by Him.
We believe that the mission for Midtown Baptist Church flows from the pages of the book of Colossians. In this letter Paul is combating a teaching in Colossae that questions whether Christ is sufficient. This teaching was saying that you started with Christ, but there was a way to go deeper in the faith, essentially saying that Christ wasn’t enough. Paul was writing to show that Christ was, and still is, all we need. At MBC if we know who it is that we love and serve, we will find that we don’t have to go anywhere else other than Christ to find all the resources necessary for Christian growth and grace.
As we unpack the mission statement we need to understand first that by God’s grace we are committed to treasuring God’s glory in Christ. Essentially what we mean by treasure is worship. Worship is ascribing the worth due to someone or something. In our case, we are saying that the triune God alone is worthy of our heart’s devotion in worship. Colossians 1:15-20 is where we see a glorious exaltation of God in Christ. This is who we worship.
He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. For byhim all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him. And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together. And he is the head of the body, the church. He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in everything he might be preeminent. For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of his cross.
In the context, Paul is showing that Christ is sufficient for the Colossians (and for you and me) because he is supreme. There are four things to note about his supremacy in this passage:
- Jesus is Lord of Creation (vs.15-17)
- Jesus is the Head of the Church (vs. 18)
- Jesus is Fullness (vs. 19)
- Jesus is the Reconciler (vs. 20)
Sin destroyed the relationship between creatures and the Creator, but Christ, the God-man, restores that fellowship through his death on the cross. We will never see God as our greatest treasure unless he opens our eyes and awakens our dead hearts to beat again.
Then we will turn from our sins and place our trust in Christ alone and have his work on the cross credited to our accounts.
God is glorified when we see him for who he is. He is glorified when we have a majestic view of him. He is glorified when we are left in wonder, awe, and amazement at his holiness. When we see God for who he is, we see ourselves for who we really are – small, broken, and frail. This is our foundation. We cannot do anything else as a church until we treasure him and see him for who he really is—our gracious and glorious Redeemer.