The Word of God
First and foremost, Metro Church is founded upon the Word of God because it reveals to us who God is, who He says we are, and how we are called to live in light of those two truths. Metro Church was planted to make disciples who are saved through the gospel of Jesus Christ and are equipped to maturity in order to see His redemption reach into every area of life (Gen. 1:1; 2 Tim. 3:14-4:5). This foundation is what informs and drives our God-given Mission and Vision at Metro Church.
The Mission of every church should reflect why that church exists, and why God allows that church to continue in ministry for the salvation of sinners and God’s glory. At Metro, our Mission is to equip people to live lives changed by Jesus. We believe that following Jesus should radically change our lives as we grow to live for His Kingdom more than our own (Luke 9:23-24). This means that following Jesus should affect how we love our spouse, how we raise our children, how we view the stewardship of our finances, time, and abilities, how we serve as employees and citizens of our cities, etc. Jesus really does change lives and our desire is to be a church that practically shows how following Jesus should result in a complete redemptive overhaul of all our dreams, desires, priorities, and practices to the glory of God (2 Cor. 3:18).
The Vision of every church should reflect how the God-given Mission of that church serves the Great Commission. Jesus already gave the grand vision for his church in Matthew 28:18-20 saying, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” We are called to make disciples of all nations and teach them how to observe what Jesus has commanded. In other words, to live a lives changed by the gospel. What’s more, when Jesus said “Go,” his emphasis is on making disciples as an active work his followers are to participate in out in the world. In other words, it is as if Jesus is saying, “In order to make disciples, you must go into the world and preach the gospel.”
After the Spirit fell at Pentecost in Acts 2, Peter preaches the gospel and 3,000 people were saved. After this, Acts 2:42-47 describes the first church. From here, the Apostles work to plant and encourage more churches throughout the world. This implies an important lesson regarding the Great Commission. The Apostles understood that the best way to fulfill the Great Commission was through the local church. Understanding this, our vision is to see lives changed through building healthy churches.
It is our hope that the Lord will enable us to be faithful to this vision through 1. Raising up and training elders to either bless our church or be commissioned to pastor other churches in biblical faithfulness, 2. Partnering with other church plants to pray for and support them as the Lord allows, 3. If the Lord so allows, planting daughter churches that can continue to minister the Word faithfully, and 4. Partnering with the Southern Baptist State Convention to train and support church planting efforts and leadership development.
These four areas represent ways we hope to see the Lord work in and through our congregation to further the work of His Kingdom. We do not yet know which areas the Lord will bless us in or if there are other areas that we have yet to see. The key is that we are seeking the Lord, and praying that he would allow our church to help bless other biblical churches through our ministry. This is a big vision that will take years to begin seeing the fruit of our labor, but we serve a big God who has promised us that He will build His church (Matt. 16:18).
How We Get There
In order to prepare our congregation for the task ahead, we believe the Lord is desiring our church to either grow or continue to grow in the following three areas:
1. Discipleship - Following Jesus and helping others do the same.
This is where we all take Jesus’ command to deny ourselves and say, “Sign me up. I want to live for His name and His Kingdom.” Where we as a church stake our whole life on following Jesus and growing to be more like him through our local church while at the same time, encouraging and exhorting other members towards Christ-likeness. This means getting plugged into Community Groups to grow in fellowship with one another and take responsibility for each other’s growth in Christ. It means attending Women’s Learn Groups to grow with other women in our church by studying God’s Word together. And it also means serving in Little Metro where we have a huge mission field of around 45 lost souls every Sunday!
2. Kingdom-minded Generosity - Both individually and corporately using all our time, talent and treasure to say, “It is all for the Kingdom.”
To have Kingdom-minded generosity is to not be concerned with our own individual, selfish kingdoms where we reign supreme, but instead to make our work the work of Jesus’ kingdom. This works on two levels. First, for us as individuals and families to use our time, talents, and treasure to serve our local congregation knowing that God’s promises accomplish amazing things for His Kingdom in our church as we seek Him first. Second, for us corporately to take opportunities to be generous with other churches and ministries as God allows to further the work of the gospel.
3. Prayer - Relying on God to build His church.
May all of our members commit to praying and asking God to accomplish His purposes in our church as individuals, families, and Community Groups. After all, why would we expect God to do something in and through us, if we aren’t asking him to do so. It is our conviction that the only way that Metro will achieve God’s purposes for our church is through our prayerful reliance upon His work in and through us.
Metro’s Heart to Equip and Release
At the heart of our church is the belief in the sufficiency of God’s Word in order to accomplish this task (Is. 55:1-13). After all, Paul wrote, “For ‘everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.’ How then will they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching? And how are they to preach unless they are sent?...So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ” (Rom. 10:13-15; 17). It is in this belief that our church is committed to the ministry of the Word. It is our hope that as we equip and release disciples with the Word, they will go into our communities preaching the gospel in evangelism while living a life changed by the gospel as a testimony to its power to save. This means that the saints of Metro will be discipled through the ministry of the Word in order to use the gifts and abilities the Holy Spirit has given them to participate in the Great Commission however the Lord sees fit to use them in our church and greater community so that more people may hear the gospel, repent, and be saved.