Fort Wayne Seventh-day Adventist Church finds the reason for our existence in Jesus' Great Commission to "make disciples of all nations." Within this context, we have defined our purpose, vision and mission statements accordingly.
Purpose: "Coming to Jesus - Becoming like Jesus - Overcoming in Jesus"
We believe the goal of Christian discipleship is to become like Jesus. This is our central purpose. In 1 Thessalonians 5:23-24, the Bible says: "Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely; and may your whole spirit, soul, and body be preserved blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. He who calls you is faithful, who also will do it." When we focus on "becoming like Jesus," we find the Key to "overcoming in Jesus" because He is the only One who lived a sinless life on Earth and because He is the One who has promised to make us holy! However, before we can become like Him, we must first begin the journey of "coming to Jesus." As the text above declares, the One who makes us holy is also the One who calls us. Therefore, our purpose is to help people progress in their ongoing journeys of "coming to Jesus, becoming like Jesus, and overcoming in Jesus."
Vision: "A community that reflects the love of Jesus"
Jesus said in John 13:35: "By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another." By these words and others that Jesus spoke, we can conclude that self-sacrificing love is the identifying mark of God's people. As Jesus took up His cross for our sake, so too does He call those who would come after Him to deny themselves and take up their crosses to follow Him (Matt. 16:24; Mark 8:34; Luke 9:23). Therefore, as disciples of Jesus, our vision is for "a community that reflects the love of Jesus" to each other and the world He died to save.
Mission: "Making disciples for Jesus"
Our mission has been given to us by Christ Himself in Matthew 28:19-20 where He says: "All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age." On the basis of this Great Commission, our mission is to honor Christ by "making disciples for Jesus," welcoming people of all nations to be part of the Family of God and teaching them to obey everything He taught us to do.