2. Hierarchy: Our Identity in His Mission!
Under the gospel of Christ, our mandate is to go and make
disciples of all nations, teaching them to obey everything
Christ has commanded us in the context of unity with God and
each other. We are to gather, protect, and perfect (bring to
maturity) the saints.
28.19-20, Ephesians 4.4-6, Ephesians 4.11-13
God has called the church to fulfill the
great commission which sends us out into the world to make
disciples and build up the body of Christ into his fullness.
We will gather his people, protect them, and bring them to
spiritual maturity. All of this is accomplished through the
gospel which is the power of God for the salvation of everyone
who believes and is also the means that accomplishes our
righteousness and sanctification from first to last.
mission of University Presbyterian Church is upward in its focus on
celebration in worship of our God and obedience to our Lord
and King, Jesus Christ; outward in its focus on the expansion and impact in the world
for the kingdom of Christ: and inward
in its focus on protecting and nurturing the disciples of
Christ. Therefore our
mission is to exalt
our God and our King, Jesus Christ in worship, to expand
Christ's kingdom in Las Cruces, the border area and the world,
and to edify
(nurture) his people in fellowship with one another.
response to the fullness of God's character and his goodness
to us, our mission is to worship God our Creator from love and
gratitude, glorifying him by offering our whole lives and our
whole selves as living sacrifices to him. We worship Christ as
our King and Redeemer, who is due every service and obedience
he asks of us. We seek to worship wholeheartedly, reflecting
the joy we have in being God's people. We also take up the
mandate to make Christ known to the world, including our
family, friends, co-workers, neighbors in
and the border
area and to all parts of the world gathering them into the
church. We commit to building one another up in the Lord,
nourishing, protecting, and calling them to a pure life before
God in unity and love.