When drafting the mission statement of Living Water Lutheran Church, we decided that there was no way to improve on the great commission our God and Savior Jesus Christ gave to all Christian congregations and individual believers after He had risen from the dead and before He ascended into heaven.
“…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…” (Matthew 28:19-20)
This mission is one that Jesus gives in several different places in different ways. Our Living Water mission then, is to “make disciples of Jesus Christ.” A disciple is a person who, in gratitude for the undeserved gifts of new life and forgiveness that comes to those who surrender their lives to Christ: obeys Him, loves God, loves their neighbors, and lives in a relationship of intimacy with God. People committed to discipleship are committed to growing in their Christian faith, whose most important relationship is with Jesus Christ, and who love, pray for, and serve others.
And people committed to discipleship in order to share the blessings of Christ with others, so that they can become Jesus’ disciples too. One of Jesus’ closest followers, Peter told the Church: “…you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of Him Who called you out of darkness into His wonderful light” (1 Peter 2:9). In other words, followers of Jesus don’t only live in the privilege of belonging to the loving God of the universe for eternity, we also have been called to be disciples so that we can help others to have eternally new life through Jesus too. We’re disciples who know that we really live when we make new disciples and help one another to grow deeper as disciples together.
We sum up our mission in this way:
1. Regular corporate worship on Sundays. (Worship on other important days, as possible.)
2. Regular daily prayer, a Quiet Time with God each day.
1. Regular reading and study of God’s Word, both on your own and with small groups.
2. Being part of intentional Christian friendships, small groups of people with whom you share your daily journey of faith, who encourage you when you’re down and challenge and call you to account when you need to grow more.
1. Service and witness in Jesus’ name to the world and community, all aimed at bringing others to faith in Jesus Christ.
2. Giving of self and possessions to the cause of Jesus Christ in the world.
If you would like to know more about the mission to which Living Water is committed, plan on being with us as we worship together, serve together, study together, or pray together soon.