The mission of ARBC is this: Helping all of Denver and the nations believe Jesus is enough. We do this by being and making hopeful, joyful disciples of Jesus. This mission is a rewording of what should be the mission of every other church: the Great Commandment (Matthew 22:34-40) and the Great Commission (Matthew 28:18-20).
- “Jesus is enough!” Love God with all your heart soul mind and strength.
- “All of Denver and the nations”: Love your neighbor as yourself.
- “Being and making hopeful, joyful disciples of Jesus”: Go and make disciples.
What do we mean when we say, “Jesus is enough?”
We mean that Jesus is sufficient for (1) our salvation, (2) is the treasure of all wisdom and knowledge, and (3) Lordship of His church–for starters. It is not a denial of the necessity of the other two members of the Trinity. When it comes to our salvation, the Father authors our salvation from the foundation of the world (Ephesians 1:3-4), the Son accomplished our salvation (Ephesians 1:7-10), and the Spirit applies our salvation (Ephesians 1:11-13). The Father shows the Son to the world (John 3:16). The Spirit shows the Son to our hearts (Galatians 4:4-7).
Paul writes the Colossian church to remind them that Christ is “the treasure of all wisdom and knowledge.” Sam Storms encapsulates this so well:
When Paul says that “all” the treasures of wisdom and knowledge are in Christ he isn’t saying that a person can’t know anything at all if he isn’t a Christian. The world is filled with brilliant atheists. Our universities and think tanks are populated with highly intellectual and well-educated scholars who know nothing of Jesus beyond their concession that a man by that name lived two millennia ago.
Rather, his point is that true knowledge of the ultimate meaning of human existence is found only in light of the identity and redemptive accomplishment of Jesus Christ. Insight into the character of God and his relationship with his creation is found only by looking to the person and work of Jesus. The nature and eternal destiny of the human soul, the grounds on which we differentiate between good and evil, the wisdom of God’s ways in the world, as well as the pathway to reconciliation with him, are all tethered to Christ. If we know him, we know them.
Lastly, “Jesus is enough” means that He is Lord of the church. Paul again writes the Colossians church:
18 And he is the head of the body, the church. He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in everything he might be preeminent. 19 For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, 20 and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of his cross (Colossians 1:18-20).
When Jesus rose from the dead in triumph over sin, He was the ‘firstborn’ in the establishing of the New Covenant, paving the way for all who would follow. As Lord, all of God’s glory dwells in Him. As Lord, everything will be consummated in him at His return. He reconciled the church to Himself by His crucifixion.
While there is more in regards to the sufficiency of Christ, we need to see how this connect to being a disciple of His.
Why Hopeful and Joyful?
“We rejoice in the hope of the glory of God” (Romans 5:2).
The hopefulness and joyfulness of being a disciple of Jesus is clearly a biblical notion. But these aren’t the only adjectives to describe a disciple. Why ‘hopeful’ and ‘joyful’ specifically?
Hopeful and joyful came about from a rather difficult conversation I had with someone. I remember them sitting in my office back in September of 2014. I had never seen this person happy to be at our church. In fact, most of the words that came out of his mouth regarding ARBC were discouraging. It was one of the few times in ministry that I had a heart-to-heart with someone to ask him what he really wanted to do, because it sure didn’t seem like he wanted to be here. During the conversation, the words ‘hope and joy’ came up. And since I’ve learned that crisis often brings clarity, I knew that’s what God was calling us to be as leaders, and as disciples of Jesus—and that we need to make these disciples as well.
The use of the word ‘hopeful’ deals with how the hope we have in the sovereignty of God over all things, along with the hope we have in the gospel to save now, and the hope we have of eternal life. All through the New Testament, all the writers warned us about the grip of our finances that could be idolized in giving us our ultimate hope in this life.
Rather, we remind our people (or introduce to those who are new to this concept) that God brings the hope of the gospel so that, in hope, we use our resources to accelerate that hope in the hearts of others. The preaching of the Word must instill hope even as it confronts sin and suffering. If all we tell people is to give so we can pay our bills and keep the lights on, few will rally around that mindset. If we share that the resources with which God has blessed us will be used for Kingdom purposes to provide resources necessary to make disciples in obedience to the Great Commission, this (1) obeys Christ’s commission to His church, and (2) serves as a more hopeful vision around which our church family may rally.
Why “Joyful?” Christ instills a joy in His disciples for their salvation and sanctification—not to mention the heaven that awaits. Our joy (as well as our hope) is found in the phrase “Jesus is enough!” Paul tells us that “God loves a cheerful giver” (2 Corinthians 9:7). Later in that chapter, Paul say, “You will be enriched in every way to be generous in every way, which through us will produce thanksgiving to God” (9:11). Our joy in the sufficiency of Christ reaches down to all aspects of our lives, especially our resources.
We adhere to the Baptist Faith & Message 2000 (SBC) as our doctrinal statement.
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