“On the last day of the feast, the great day, Jesus stood up and cried out, ‘If anyone thirsts, let him come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, “Out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.”’ Now this he said about the Spirit, whom those who believed in him were to receive, for as yet the Spirit had not been given, because Jesus was not yet glorified.” John 7:37-39
As the gospel of grace is continually understood and applied, our hearts are awakened to the grandeur and goodness of the triune God and we walk as resolute people who will joyfully give an account.
The gospel of grace which awakened and drew us to salvation is also that which builds individuals, families, churches and cultures. Therefore, we will be people who glory in the salvation found in Christ alone, as we live under the authority of Scripture.
“Revelation is a divinely initiated activity, God’s free communication by which he alone turns his personal privacy into deliberate disclosure of his reality….When human affirmations about God are based on something other than his divinely initiated, freely communicated, and deliberately disclosed reality, they will inevitably curl into a question mark.” Carl F.H. Henry, Thesis I :God, Revelation and Authority, Volume II, p.8
In light of the fact that we are chosen people, a royal priesthood, and a holy nation of people belonging to God (1 Peter 2:9) we will proclaim his excellencies by:
1. Developing a culture of discipleship... at ECBC
“And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.” Mark 12:30
“I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.” Romans 12:1-2
“For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh but have divine power to destroy strongholds. We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ…” 2 Corinthians 10:4-5
Offer a four-track training model for thinking and living biblically.
2. Developing a culture of service...in our neighborhood(s)
200 children fostered/adopted over the course of 3 years
“Religion that is pure and undefiled before God the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world.” James 1:27
“And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.’” Matthew 25:40
3. Developing a culture of sending...to the nations
Send out 10 individuals/family units overseas over the next 3 years (3+ year commitment)
Send 500 ECBC members on short-term missions
“And Jesus came and said to them, ‘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.’” Matthew 28:18-20
4. Developing a culture of generosity
Retire our debt (1.8m) by 1.1.2024, for the purpose of supporting
Great Commission ministries