Our overall purpose is to make disciples of Jesus Christ.
We believe that Jesus’ Great Commission of Matthew 28:16-20 is the mission of the church: to go into the world and make disciples by declaring the gospel of Jesus Christ in the power of the Spirit, and gathering these disciples into churches that they might worship and obey Jesus Christ both now and in eternity- to the glory of God the Father.
We seek to achieve this overall purpose of making disciples as we:
- build up– we want to help one another grow in our relationship with God, so that we know Jesus better and prayerfully shape our lives in the light of his will. We want to encourage and train every Christian to use their God given gifts to serve Jesus.
- reach out- we want to tell everyone the good news of Jesus Christ. To that end we want to send people out to proclaim His word throughout the world and in their everyday lives.
This leads to 3 essentials around which the ministry of Grace Church Dulwich is built:
Prayer. Jesus said ‘And behold I am with you always, to the end of the age’ (Matthew 28:20). Our priority is to pray that God would be powerfully at work making disciples and so building his church.
Proclamation. Jesus said ‘Go therefore and make disciples…teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you’ (Matthew 28:19-20). Our priority is the teaching of the Bible as the means of making disciples- God’s voice is heard as the Bible is taught in the power of the Holy Spirit.
People. Jesus said ‘Go therefore and make disciples of all nations’ (Matthew 28:19). As we ‘build up’ and ‘reach out’ our priority is to love and serve people regardless of culture or background, not to run buildings, structures or programmes for their own sake.