The mission of Berean Baptist Church of Wichita is not to become a social institution, a political organization or an entertainment facility to please the masses. The “Great Commission” is the center of our church's obligation, mandate and mission in this world. Matthew recorded our Lord saying: “And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.” (Matthew 28:18-20)
So, the primary mission of our church is to preach the gospel, because the Church is God’s agency to evangelize the world. This is our paramount objective.
But you will notice another mission of the church in the last part of that great commission. Christ said, “Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you.” Teaching them who? Teaching those who are baptized, teaching the saved, teaching them to observe all things the Saviour commanded. Thus, Jesus named another mission of the church. When the church has made disciples, then it is our mission to teach them what Jesus wants them to know. It is not enough to teach them the first principles and then leave them to their own devices – they must be taught to observe all things that Jesus commanded. Therefore, teaching the saved is necessary.
When sinners hear the call of the gospel and become Christians, they do so by faith, but there is something else to be added. Peter said, “And beside this, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge; And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness; And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity” (II Peter 1:5-7).
One of the principal things to be added to the life of a Christian is knowledge. That was essentially what the Apostle Paul was talking about when he spoke of “putting on the whole armor of God.” He said: “Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;” (Ephesians 6:14-18).
All these pieces of armor are simply references to the Word of God. Many Christians are bareheaded and barefooted, so to speak, facing the enemy without defenses because they have no knowledge of the Word of God. We believe it is both, the duty and the mission of our church’s preachers, teachers, and elders to teach the Word of God, and feed the flock. In Acts 20:28, the Ephesian elders were told: “Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood.”
It is also the mission of Berean Baptist Church of Wichita to provide the kind of place where spiritual life can flourish. The meetings of the Church should be the kind of meetings where the spiritual man, the inner man, can be renewed. The services should be orderly and worshipful. The meetings should not be held and conducted with the end in view of simply attracting a great crowd and catering to the wishes and wants of worldly people. It is a great mistake for people to feel that they must put on a show to attract a crowd.
This does not mean that our services are staid and stoic venues of boredom. By no means!! It does mean that we want to reproduce the character of Christ in all who attend. The objective of every service is to produce the likeness of Christ in the lives of our members. We believe it is our mission to have the humility that Jesus manifested while on earth and to have the burning zeal and love for men’s souls that Jesus had? We want to be able to turn the other cheek and go the second mile as Jesus did, and as Jesus taught that we should do. We stand for the things that Jesus taught. As the Holy Spirit commanded us in the Apostle Paul’s writings: “Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 2:5). That is the mission and purpose of all our worship and work – to reproduce in our own lives the character of Jesus Christ. Not politics, or social programs, but rather preaching the gospel, teaching the saved, providing a place where Christians can grow and flourish, reproducing the character of Jesus, and bringing true joy and happiness to mankind.