To make disciples who love God, love each other, and love our world
Our mission is what we aim to do – the call to action we believe Christ has placed on his church. This mission is the goal of every decision we make and is borne out of two moments in the gospel of Matthew where Jesus summarizes the driving heartbeats of a follower of Christ: The Great Commandment and The Great Commission. The first is found in Matthew 22:36-40, a conversation between Jesus and a lawyer:
“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 first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.”
The other is in Matthew 28:19, the final command that Jesus gives his followers just before ascending into heaven:
“Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit…”
To see a gospel awakening in the city of Charlotte that is carried to the ends of the earth
Our vision is what we aim to see – what we believe God will do as we carry out our mission. This gospel awakening is not just our desire, but what we believe is the natural manifestation and outcome of disciples being made. Disciples who make disciples. Disciples who love God, love each other, and love our world.
A true understanding of the gospel changes everything, and if we really do help the people of our city to understand the good news of Jesus, we know that God will revolutionize lives. And the more people who understand this – that a relationship with God is not based on what we’ve done, but on what has been done for us in Christ; that our lives are not for our own glory, but for the glory of God; that the gospel is not just the front door to the Christian life, but is the house in which the believer dwells – the more people we will see living on mission both here and around the world.
Because of Christ…
Here at Mercy, we hold five core values that were developed over our first five years and point to where we want to go in the next five.
We keep the Gospel at the center.
We expect God to change a life today.
We help people take their next step in following Jesus.
We pursue multicultural unity under Jesus’ name.
We send God’s people to all people.