THE MISSION: Love God + Love People + Change the World!
The central focus of our fellowship is our shared, common mission "to guide people to be faithful followers of Jesus Christ." Christ-followers are people who are growing in three vital relationships in their lives. Christ-followers are growing in their...
- Love for God,
- Love for People; and their
- Connection with God’s mission in the world.
Jesus made it very clear that when our lives reflect a great commitment to the Great Commandments (Matthew 22.36-40) and a Great Commission (Matthew 28.18-20) lifestyle, we are fulfilling the heart of what it means to follow Him.
The Great Commandments:
Jesus said, "'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. And the second is like it: 'Love your neighbor as yourself.' All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments." Matthew 22:37-40 (NIV)
Jesus very clearly teaches that the entire Jewish Bible (our Old Testament) can be summed up by two commandments. There are two passions that God desires that His people have: to Love God, and to Love People! Loving God and loving your neighbor is what following Jesus is all about.
The Great Commission:
"Then Jesus came to them and said, 'All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore 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. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.'"
After the Lord's resurrection and just before His ascension, Jesus repeatedly told His followers what they were to do (see also Luke 24:46-49; John 20:19-21; and Acts 1:8). Followers of Christ are to continue the mission He had begun, to be His hands and feet in the world. Therefore, everything we do is aligned with carrying out the mission of God in our community and in the world.
Church of God of San Jose does not merely recruit new members... We invite people to join "The Mission" - to connect with God's mission in this community and in the world.
LOVE GOD, LOVE PEOPLE, and CHANGE THE WORLD!