Having accomplished His ministry on earth, Jesus gathered the disciples on a mountain in Galilee and just before departing, charged them with their task moving forward. The disciples were to become the original Great Commission People. Jesus explained what their ministry was to be about moving forward with these words recorded in Matthew 28:19-20:
Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.
While every Christian church is planted by God in a unique setting, with its own unique set of circumstances, challenges, and opportunities, they all are charged with that same charge. Therefore, seeking to understand the context of ministry in 21st century Livermore, we have articulated our purpose as Great Commission People as follows:
Our Savior Lutheran Ministries exist to proclaim the Gospel of our Savior, Jesus Christ as we be, make and grow disciples of Jesus.
We seek to engage both young and old with God so that they might not only come to know Jesus as their Lord and Savior but also be transformed by His ongoing presence and work in their lives.
We seek to help people to Engage with a great God through:
We are trying to create:
We seek to foster and create significant Christ-centered relationships in which people are loved, cared for, nurtured, and encouraged every step of their journey. We celebrate together in the best of times and mourn with one another in the worst of times. As we do life together, we grow in love for God and for one another. We not only live in and by grace but practice grace with one another.
We seek to Encourage people within the context of a Christ-centered community through:
We seek to learn together and from one another as we grow in Christ. As we journey together, we gain the knowledge, skills, and experiences necessary to follow Jesus in our everyday lives and also make a difference as we carry out our unique callings wherever we are and in whatever we are doing. As a follower of Jesus, we are equipped to abide in God’s Word, love others as Jesus has loved us, bear fruit as God works in us, and engage the big questions of the day with humility and Biblical faithfulness.
We seek to Equip people for lives of following Jesus through:
We recognize that a church, preschool, or school is not the destination. Instead, Our Savior is a launching pad that sends each and every person with whom we do ministry out into the world to be the hands and feet of Jesus through the lives they live, the message of the Gospel they share, and the love of Jesus that flows through them to the people they meet.
We seek to Launch people into lives of mission through:
The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS) is a denomination that confesses the historic, orthodox Christian faith, a faith built on “the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus himself being the cornerstone” (Eph. 2:20).
The LCMS, headquartered in St. Louis, Mo., is mission-oriented and Bible-based. LCMS doctrine reflects the teachings of Dr. Martin Luther, as summarized in The Book of Concord: The Confessions of the Evangelical Lutheran Church.
Today, the LCMS has nearly 2 million baptized members in more than 6,000 congregations. Locally Our Savior is a part of the California-Nevada-Hawaii District of the LCMS.
The Concordia University System which is comprised of 7 colleges and universities on 8 campuses plus 2 seminaries is a part of the LCMS providing quality higher education to over 35,000 students nationwide.
The official LCMS publisher for the LCMS is Concordia Publishing House located in St. Louis, MO.
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