The Mission Statement of Southwest defines our congregation’s reason for existence and the role of our church in the world. It is meant to be a reminder or banner proclaiming who we are and what our greatest priorities should be as we follow Jesus Christ.
“Living the Great Commandment” means that we want our greatest value to match God’s greatest value. Jesus told us to, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’This is the first and greatest commandment” (Matthew 22:37-38). Loving God characterizes who we are. His agenda becomes our agenda. His will and purpose becomes ours. We want to be holy because He is holy (1 Peter 1:16). Loving God should be the center from which we derive our motives, our passions, and our actions.
But living the Great Commandment not only embodies the truth of loving God, it also obligates us to love people. Jesus’ next words are “The second (commandment) is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself” (Matthew 22:39). This means that we are going to love one another and love people who don’t reciprocate our love. We want to love those who are difficult to love. And loving people actually moves us from a state of being to a state of doing. This is something that we want to live out at the Southwest Church!
“Fulfilling the Great Commission” means that we are going to practice evangelism and discipleship. After Jesus was resurrected, just before he ascended back into heaven, he left us with the following words: “Go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing 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” (Matthew 28:19-20). Only God changes hearts, but God has given us the responsibility of leading people to Him! The Apostle Paul asked: “How can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them” (Romans 10:14). Stemming from a love for God and love for people we are driven for our community to know Christ and trust Him as Lord and Savior. What a great challenge and calling God has given us!