The most fundamental question any church must answer is; “Why do we exist?” Thankfully Jesus answered the question for us. In Matthew 28:18-20, Jesus said: “…go and make disciples of all nations, baptising them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.” The mission of Jesus’ church is to make disciples of Jesus and indeed, this is precisely why BPCC exists.
Vision: To be a gospel-centred church seeking to make and grow disciples of Jesus Christ for the good of our community and the glory of God.
Mission: To make growing disciples of Jesus Christ through gospel-centred and Spirit empowered worship, community, service and mission.
What is a disciple of Jesus Christ?
When Jesus was on earth, he said to his first disciples, “Follow me” (Matt. 4:19; Mark 1:17). That’s what they did, and this is what it means to be a disciple. A disciple of Jesus is, essentially, a follower of Jesus. It is someone who follows Jesus in order to live like Jesus. But being a disciple is not simply about trying to follow a new set of religious guidelines, rather, it is about the gospel. It is about our response to the grace of God given to us through the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ and the power of God unleashed in our lives through the presence of His Holy Spirit.
In other words, when we hear and respond to the gospel, we do not sign up to a new ethic, we receive new life (Rom. 1:16-17; Col. 1:5-6; 1 Pet. 1:23-25). This new gospel-centred and Spirit-empowered life transforms us into disciples of Jesus, giving us a new identity and new activity. This new identity includes being a worshiper, a learner, a servant and a witnesses, while our new activity means we connect to God through Jesus, grow in Jesus, serve like Jesus and go with Jesus into our world.