Mission and Purpose

"To bring people to Jesus and 'Membership' in His family, develop them to Christ-like 'Maturity' and equip them for their 'Ministry' in the church and their life 'Mission' in the world in order to 'Magnify' God’s name."

(August 1998)

May our Lord Jesus Christ himself and God our Father, who loved us and by his grace gave us eternal encouragement and good hope, encourage your hearts and strengthen you in every good deed and word."   (2 Thessalonians 2:16, 17 NIV). May you receive God's encouragement today and always.

The leadership of our church has been working lately at unifying ourselves around our church's mission and purposes. For three years or so we've adopted the mission statement, "To Know God's Love and To Give it Away." It calls us to live out the Great Commandment and to fulfill the Great Commission. If we don't know the love of God, we can't give it away; and the level to which we know His love personally is the level to which we'll be able to give it away. But knowing His love personally is never an end in itself. We must always be giving it away. We live in a world where people are dying for love, and it's you and I who know "true Love." There is no other source of love except through Jesus Christ, and He has placed us here on Earth to be dispensers of that love. That's the mission of New Wine Christian Center.

One day a teacher of the law came to Jesus and asked which is the most important commandment. To that question, Jesus said: "Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength. The second is this: Love your neighbor as yourself. There is no other commandment greater than these." (Mark 12:30, 31 NIV). From this commandment, we get two of the five purposes of our church that govern everything that we do. And they are: (1) To love God with all of our heart, soul, mind and strength. Worship Him. Exalt Him. Magnify Him. (2)To love others as ourselves. That's service, ministry and equipping others.

Following Jesus' resurrection from the dead, He met with His disciples where He gave them the Great Commission. He said, "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age." (Matthew 28:18-20 NIV). From this commission we get our remaining three purposes. (3) To go and make disciples. This is outreach, evangelism and mission. (4) To baptize them into the Body of Christ. This is bringing those we reach into the fellowship of the church and encouraging them into membership. (5) To teach them to obey, which, of course, is discipleship and bringing each Christian to maturity.

Remember, "Unless the LORD builds the house, its builders labor in vain..." (Psalm 127:1  NIV).