The Good News of Jesus Christ
WE EXIST TO GLORIFY GOD
This is the purpose of every human being on the planet. It’s the purpose of everyone who has ever lived and everyone who will live. God made this point clear through the prophet Isaiah: “Everyone who is called by My name, And whom I have created for My glory, Whom I have formed, even whom I have made.” (Isaiah 43:7).
WE EXIST TO ENJOY GOD FOREVER
In light of this, it’s true that we exist to enjoy God forever. God has created us that we would shine forth His greatness in the world - that we would proclaim His excellencies. But we are not only created to declare His excellencies; we’ve been created to look upon them and enjoy them. We’re to be spectators of God’s magnificence. An observer of the stars can scream their greatness on the rooftops, but he must also be taken away by them as to bask in their presence. We are not only to proclaim and portray. We are to ponder and partake.
There is hardly a clearer expression than this one found in Psalm 16:11. “In Your presence is fullness of joy, In Your right hand there are pleasures forever.” Joy to the fullest and pleasures to no end. These can be found only in the presence of God. We exist to enjoy God forever.
THERE IS A PROBLEM
If glorifying God and enjoying Him forever is the purpose for which we’ve been created, then how awful is it for us not to do so? How much more wicked is it for us to glorify and enjoy other things? Surely it’s the deepest pit of our downfall to not only refuse to glorify God and enjoy Him, but to actively glorify and enjoy other things above Him. God says, “For My people have committed two evils: They have forsaken Me, The fountain of living waters, To hew for themselves cisterns, Broken cisterns That can hold no water” (Jeremiah 2:13).
Apart from Christ, we are broken people with hearts that don’t glorify God and find no enjoyment in Him whatsoever. Instead of living to magnify the name of God, we live to magnify our own names. We declare the greatness of sin rather than the greatness of our Creator. Likewise, we enjoy our flesh and the ways of the world rather than enjoying God and His perfect purposes. We love the darkness but hate the Light (John 3:19-21).
THERE IS GOOD NEWS
But there is a way to have new hearts that glorify and enjoy God. This is the grand purpose for why Jesus died on the cross. Some make the forgiveness of sins as the great and ultimate end of the gospel. But it’s not. Eternally living with God as His people is. In the gospel, we get God. But we cannot have God unless the barrier of sin is removed and paid for. This is why Jesus died and rose on our behalf. To forgive our sins. But He did so to the end that we may know God and be with Him forever. This is Peter’s point in 1 Peter 3:18 - “For Christ also died for sins once for all, the just for the unjust, so that He might bring us to God…” This is the purpose of God’s predestining us in Ephesians 1:5-6: “He predestined us to adoption as sons through Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the kind intention of His will, to the praise of the glory of His grace..” We have been saved not as an end in itself but “to the end that we who were the first to hope in Christ would be to the praise of His glory” (Ephesians 1:12). Not only this, but Paul teaches us that our salvation results in our everlasting praise of God’s marvelous grace. He saved us "so that in the ages to come He might show the surpassing riches of His grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus" (Ephesians 2:7). For Christians, God intends to show us His great and marvelous grace forever. Whereas we used to glorify ourselves and enjoy our sin, Christians have now been given new hearts to glorify and enjoy God. They will do this for eternity. And this is all in and through Jesus Christ. "If you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead," these truths will be yours (Romans 10:9)!
LIVING LIFE TOGETHER
As God's redeemed people, we have not only been saved as individuals. We've been saved and adopted into God's family. Through Jesus Christ, God has created a "new humanity" (Ephesians 2:15) that is called "to preserve the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace" (Ephesians 4:3). As His people, we are called to participate in the body of Christ for the building up of the church and the glory of God (Ephesians 4:12-16). As a church we gather regularly to sing God's praises, offer our prayers, and hear His word preached. We strive to grow together as God makes us more like Christ. Our prayer is that God would bless us with supreme joy in Him and all of His glory. Together we help one another to know God more fully and enjoy Him more supremely. We work together to see God worshipped in the lives of others through the Gospel. And we do these things by relying on our sovereign God and His sufficient word for growth in Christlikeness.
DEVOTING OURSELVES TO GOD'S WORD AND GOD'S WAYS
Our life together as God's people is to be different from the world's. We glorify God by devoting ourselves to God's word and God's ways. This means we are devoted to what God says and living out what He commands. This is in contrast to living by our own ideas and tactics. In speaking God's word and serving by the strength He provides, "God may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom belongs the glory and dominion forever and ever" (1 Peter 4:11). As a church we are devoted to hearing God's word preached, singing His praises and offering Him prayers. We are devoted to personal discipleship relationships, being hospitable, and doing the "one another" commands. We are devoted to proclaiming the Gospel of Jesus Christ to those who do not know Him. There are no tricks or gimmicks here. We simply devote ourselves to what God promises to bless for the sake of His purpose and glory.
MAKE DISCIPLES OF ALL NATIONS
God's mission in the world is to save a people from every people, tribe, tongue, and nation to glorify and enjoy Him forever. God is a missionary God. The Father, full of grace and compassion, sent the Son, Jesus Christ. The Son died on the cross and rose from the grave to purchase and secure salvation for all who believe. The Father and the Son sent forth the Holy Spirit to convict sinners of their sin and convince them of their need for Jesus. This is God's mission in the world.
God has graciously chosen to use the instrument of His church to partake in His mission. As the Father sent the Son, so the Son has sent us (John 20:21). As God is redeeming a people from all nations, we have been sent to make disciples of all nations (Matthew 28:18-20). For this reason, Kingstree Church is committed to seeing the city of Winston-Salem reached with the Gospel. We hope to be a healthy Gospel witness in our city for the sake of Jesus' name, displaying a unity that can only be explained by Christ. Not only do we desire to see people in our city worshiping God, but we also desire to see God worshipped across the globe. This is God's mission. For this reason, our prayer is to be a church that seeks to impact the nations with the Gospel of Jesus Christ.