STATEMENT OF VISION

 

God has called us to build a Genuine New Testament Church, which is both a Family and an Army, with Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, as its Head.  (1997)

 

STATEMENT OF MISSION

God’s mission for Hosanna New Testament Church is to minister the presence, love, and power of Jesus Christ into the lives of people.  We do this locally through various small groups which meet on a regular basis and also join together to form a great Sunday Congregation.  Through the life of this church family, many people who live in the town of Oxford and the surrounding towns, here in the South/Central region of Maine, are to be won to saving faith in Jesus Christ, taught the Christian life, and cared about.

 

God also calls this church to minister encouragement and hope to other churches, ministries, and missions around the world, so that they can better experience the loving touch of God through Jesus Christ.  (1998)

 

WALKING OUT OUR MISSION

Introduction: When Jesus gave the Great Commission to the Church, there were four focus points to it. These were local (Jerusalem), area wide (Judea), trans-local/trans-cultural (Samaria), and World-wide (to the ends of the Earth). Maturing believers who are manifesting God’s heart of love for the World and its people, will reflect such a four-level understanding of the Church’s mission in the World. Hosanna New Testament Church is called to operate in these four arenas in obedience to our Lord, empowered by His Spirit to be witnesses of Him, through His love and grace operating through us.

 

Level 1. Local: Hosanna New Testament Church is called to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ with those who live in our local towns. We are to lead people into a saving knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ, baptize them, and lead them into discipleship, growing in the grace and in the knowledge of the Lord. We are to work to bring each disciple to a mature faith, so that he (she) may be presented mature and thoroughly equipped for every godly work.  (Matthew 28:18-20) We are to love God supremely and love one another in genuine ways which reflect the character of Jesus Christ in us. (Mark 12:28-31)

 

Level 2. Area wide: We are to work together with our brothers and sisters from other local church fellowships in our region (the tri-county area), and work together in genuine unity, love, and shared vision, to present to the World, the sight of a robust and hearty regional Church, which is filled with God’s love. This pleases the Father, and it attracts people to the sweet aroma of genuine love. (as per John 17:20-22, Ephesians 4:1-4, Philippians 1:1, etc) There are things which the churches of a region can do together, much better than we can separately. (Ecclesiastes 4:9-12) There are also Statewide and New England wide regional activities which we should take part in, to reflect God’s heart of love for the believers, and for all people everywhere. (Psalm 133)

 

Level 3. Trans-local/Trans-cultural: As the Holy Spirit reveals need in certain towns which have no solid Bible preaching church within them, we are called to raise up and send out church planting teams. Just as healthy sheep reproduce, so a healthy church will reproduce itself in needy towns. (Acts 13:1-3, 14:21-28, & Titus 1:5) In addition to this, we need to have eyes to see people groups who have been left out of church life, and be sensitive to them, both locally and in trans-local ministry. All age groups, all socio-economic groups, all races, and all language groups need the Gospel and good healthy churches. God will show us where and how to help.

 

Level 4. Worldwide: We are to be faithful in supporting through prayer, finances, encouragement, and participation, various ministries and ministry teams which the Lord shows us, across the nation and around the World. (I Corinthians 16:1-4, II Corinthians 1:8-11, 6:11-13, 8:1-15) As believers in Jesus Christ, who are being conformed to His image, we have a responsibility to develop a genuine love for people whom we have never met, just as Paul loved the Colossians, whom he had never met. We must bear in mind, the truth that God loves all peoples everywhere, and that the Mind of Christ in us compels us to do so also. (Colossians 1:3-8, 1:24-25, John 3:16) Our participation in this will sometimes entail the sending out of people from here to far-away places, some for a short time, others for longer periods of time. (Acts 8:14-25, Acts 13:1-14)

 

Conclusions about walking out our Mission: The goal of all this is to bring pleasure to the Lord, because that is the very reason that the Creation exists. (Revelation 4) We love God because he first loved us, and has drawn us to Himself by His Spirit, through His grace. (I John 4:9-10) the walking out of Mission must grow out of relationship, and reflect the overflow of a loving walk with the Lord Jesus Christ, who is the head of the Church, as well as the head of this local church, and who is also the Great Shepherd of the sheep (His people). (I Peter 5:4, Hebrews 13:20) He, who first loved us, has drawn us to love Him. Therefore, we also love one another, the people out in the World around us, and even love people whom we have not met. (Ephesians 4:15-16, I John 4:7-8)       

 

Postscript: Details of our church’s mission are taught in our eight-part series: “Understanding Church Life.”