OUR MISSION

Equipping Followers of Jesus

To Share His Love and Good News

With Their Neighbors

 

Why This Mission Statement?

We believe at Immanuel Church that the very nature of the Christian life is one of dying to self, and embodying the Good News of King Jesus by the Help and power of the Holy Spirit (Romans 8:10).  Our salvation in Christ begins by grace through faith alone (Ephesians 2:8-9) for the purpose of walking in faithful, Christ-centered living to those around us (Ephesians 2:10).  It is a Kingdom centered, outward-focused life, always seeking the help and guidance of the Holy Spirit to embody the cross-shaped way of living Jesus lived on our behalf (Galatians 2:20).  None of this is possible without the internal and external, visible and invisible work of the Holy Spirit in and through us as he supernaturally and generously gives us gifts (1 Corinthians 12:1-11, empowering us for the work of the ministry (John 14:12; Acts 2:4, 4:31, 13:9).  This ministry can be summed up simply:  To Love the Lord your God with all of your heart, mind, soul and strength - and to love your neighbor as yourself (Matthew 22:34-40).  In this way, the Kingdom of Jesus is continually in-breaking into this world through the local church.

Below we will break down each phrase in our mission statement:

 

EQUIPPING

Scripture calls us to grow into the likeness of Christ (2 Peter 3:18) as we exercise the gifts given to us to live our Christian life (1 Corinthians 12:1-11).  Pastors and church leaders are tasked with the discipleship of their congregation (Titus 2:1-10).  We understand this as a fundamental call for the local church: to equip their congregation for this Kingdom work.  Making disciples is crucial for the health and obedience of a church, and Immanuel strives to fulfill this mandate from Jesus (Matthew 28:16-20).

 

FOLLOWERS OF JESUS

If you are a Christian, you are a "little Christ" (Acts 11:26) or a follower of Christ (Matthew 10:38).  To follow Jesus means you have ceased from following your own self, your own desires or inclinations (Galatians 5:17).  We receive help in this from the Spirit who is given to us at the moment of salvation in order that we may indeed receive more of Jesus, and less of us in our Christian life (John 3:30) as we pick up our crosses to follow him (Matthew 16:24-25). 

 

TO SHARE HIS LOVE AND GOOD NEWS

From Peter's first sermon at Pentecost, we see that evangelism was a priority for the Church (Acts 2:14-41).  Indeed, Jesus commnanded us to make disciples of himself in all nations (Mattherw 28:18-20).  We are to do so in both word (Romans 10:14) while we embody the salvation we have received in deed (Philippians 2:12).  Our deeds are to embody the love of God, since he himself is Love (1 John 4:16).  

 

WITH THEIR NEIGHBORS

In our global society, and in a society easily focused on national issues, it can be easy to know more of what is happening in national events than we know of our own neighborhoods, towns and cities.  Knowing that all of those who are in Christ around the globe are part of the global Church, each congregation is a local presence of Jesus wherever they may be found.  A question we oftne ask ourselves at Immanuel is this: "If our church disappeared overnight, would the city of Wilmington feel our loss?"  We pray that one day they will!  We desire to be a church focused on our neighbors first, seeking to be a light to the city of Wilmington through our sharing of Jesus' love and Good News (Matthew 5:15-16).