The mission of South Baptist is to make disciples by reaching those who are far from God while growing up those who are already in Christ.
“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 28:19-20
We aim to accomplish our mission through Worship, Learning, Community, and Influence.
The journey toward discipleship begins by getting our lives focused (worship) so that GOD becomes the One we value as the highest treasure in our lives.
“Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God—this is your spiritual act of worship.” Romans 12:1
“So we make it our goal to please the Lord, whether we are at home in the body or away from it.” 2 Corinthians 5:9
We are all worshipers of something in our lives. Therefore, worshiping God by ascribing to Him the greatest worth in our lives is a daily, ongoing activity. As a ministry we value worship, and challenge all those who attend to involve themselves in authentic, God-focused, whole-hearted worship.
The journey toward discipleship requires learning, making spiritual growth in a Christ-follower’s life a biblical expectation.
“But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.” 2 Peter 3:18
Therefore, my dear friends, as you have always obeyed—not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence—continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling.” Philippians 2:12
Christ-followers need to be growing spiritually. Therefore, within the church there should be an expectation of increasing devotion to Christ and His cause, as well as a plan to promote and equip Christ-followers for such growth.
The journey toward discipleship will plateau and falter without getting connected into some kind of genuine, biblical community in our lives.
As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another.” Proverbs 27:17
And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds.” Hebrews 10:24
Christ-followers cannot grow in isolation. Continued progression down the path toward discipleship requires involvement in genuine, biblical community, which doesn’t happen accidentally in our lives. That is why as a ministry, we purposefully provide a predictable environment for Christ-followers to build relationships that will be centered on the Word of God and that will carry out the “one another” commands of Scripture in order to promote life change in those involved.
The journey toward discipleship will include obedience to Christ’s call to influence others by being His witness and serving within His church.
“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth. Acts 1:8
“From Him (Christ) the whole body (the church), joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work. Ephesians 4:16
The path toward discipleship is not a path of selfishness and constant taking from others, but instead it is a path of loving servanthood that desires giving to others. A true, biblical disciple will be one who influences others. Therefore, as a church, we need to make sure that we are consistently providing opportunities that will lead Christ-followers into selfless, sacrificial service to those who are in Christ and to those who are far from God.