2018 Vision Casting
Being a disciple begins with a pursuit of God. This pursuit comes with the conviction that He is the greatest treasure and pleasure in all of life. Therefore, because God is supremely valuable we desire to know Him!
Our foundation for knowing God is keeping His Word central. We will showcase expository preaching, develop sound teaching, and promote personal study of Scriptures. We hold to the sufficiency of the scriptures because only the Holy Spirit’s work through the Word of God can transform lives. We will proclaim a biblical gospel in every ministry. We will not shy away from clearly articulating God’s truth on heaven, hell, sin, judgment, repentance, and faith (Romans 1:16; Psalm 43:3; Psalm 119:105; John 17:17; 1 Timothy 3:15; Hebrews 4:12, Mark 1:15).
Knowing God further requires God-glorifying worship. We desire to be a church where the community of God sings, prays, and speaks God’s Word to one another. We want to do this with excellence, consistency, and authenticity. We desire to be a people who fear God, whose vision of God is compelling to the next generation, and whose worship burns brightly throughout the week in countless acts of praise and obedience. We desire a church whose worship speaks to the hearts of various generations and backgrounds, where different musical styles are cheerfully welcomed as God-given vehicles to sing the fame and abundant goodness of God (John 4:21-24; Psalm 100).
Knowing God requires a genuine reliance in prayer. We desire a church where hearts are lifted up to God in humility, honest confession, thanksgiving, and requests of all kinds. We desire a church with the faith to ask God for great, impossible things (Colossians 4:2-6; 1 John 5:14).
We desire that Greater Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church would be a community of growing disciples.
A growing church requires a community that loves one another. We desire a community engaged in each other’s lives, practicing hospitality, and using our time together to build one another up in the Lord. We desire a church that eagerly welcomes people regardless of their background. It is a church that accepts and rejoices with repentant sinners, that bears burdens with the weak, and that seeks to bring all within our body to conformity with the image of Christ.
A growing church will become a diverse, multi-generational community. Our goal is to produce mature disciples in every stage of life, teaching them to please God and use their gifts to serve Christ both within the church and in the world.
A growing church must have one-on-one discipleship. Discipleship prepares the saints of God to do the work of the ministry. We see a church where students and young adults are propelled to grow, thrive, and serve by a whole-hearted love for Jesus. We see a church that actively equips and encourages parents to be the chief disciplers of their children.
We desire a church engaged in the mission of God. This means that every mature Christian will take active steps to “Go”!
We desire a church where evangelism is a way of life. This means that believers from Greater Macedonia Missionary Bible Church actively demonstrate the love and worth of Jesus Christ by sharing the gospel and the love of their church in every sphere of life. (Matthew 28:16).
We desire a church of sacrificial servants. We believe that every Christian is a minister of the gospel in some capacity. We desire Greater to be a place where believers use their gifts in concert for the progress of the Gospel. To effectively and efficiently accomplish all that God has called us to do, we cannot maintain the all-too-common “20% of the people do 80% of the work.” At Greater we strive for committed participation (Ephesians 4:16b; 2 Corinthians 6:3-11; 1 Thessalonians 2:8-9).