“United by our faith in Jesus Christ and our confession of God's Word, the members of Redeemer Evangelical Lutheran Church use the gospel in Word and sacrament
to win the lost for Christ, to nurture one another in Christian love, and to equip God's people for lives of Christian worship and service, all to the glory of God.”
The Mission Statement Annotated:
- United by our faith in Jesus Christ and our confession of God’s Word,. . .
God directs those who believe in Jesus Christ as the true Son of God to acknowledge their oneness in faith with other Christians whose confession of faith submits to all the teachings of scripture.
- the members of Redeemer Evangelical Lutheran Church . . .
The owners of this mission statement are all members of Redeemer Evangelical Lutheran Church, Cedarburg, Wisconsin.
- use the gospel in word and sacrament . . .
Wherever the gospel is preached “in its truth and purity” and the sacraments are administered faithfully, the holy Christian church is present and is empowered by the Holy Spirit. Knowing that the Holy Spirit works through the means He has entrusted to us (and not by our own efforts), Christians use the Gospel in Word and sacrament as “tools” to accomplish the mission Christ laid out for us, namely. . .
- to win the lost for Christ, . . .
It is the Lord’s will that Christians share the gospel with all people in the world. We are God’s messengers commissioned to convey his living Word to a dying world.
- to nurture one another in Christian love,. . .
It is the Lord’s will that the church, speaking God’s truth in an atmosphere of loving words and actions, educate, nurture, and build the faith and character of its members.
- and to equip God’s people for lives of Christian worship and service, . . .
It is the Lord’s will that Christians gather in worship before Him to declare their praises to God. It is the Lord’s will that we act as ministers of his grace and use the gifts, talents and opportunities He gives us to benefit others.
- all to the glory of God.
Nothing we do as a congregation is done to glorify ourselves, but rather to give glory to God, who is the source, guide, and goal of our lives now and always. We lose our reason for being if we do not remember that God is at the center, that He has called us to our mission, and that our ability to respond to that mission is totally the gift of God’s grace.