Our Mission

We exist to declare Jesus Christ,

disciple all peoples, and

display God's glory.

"We proclaim him, warning and teaching everyone with all wisdom, so that we may present everyone mature in Christ" (Colossians 1:28).

Does the Bible teach our mission statement? Or is it something we just made up?

Bon Air Baptist Church exists to declare Jesus Christ.

  • God called his old covenant people Israel to declare his glory (Ps 96:3).
  • In the new covenant, God’s glory is most clearly seen in Jesus Christ (John 1:14; 2 Cor 4:4, 6; Heb 1:3).
  • Jesus charged his disciples to be witnesses of his death, resurrection, and repentance for forgiveness of sins in his name (Luke 24:46–48).
  • The apostle Paul said Christ sent him to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ (1 Cor 1:17–25; Col 1:28).
  • As Christians we have an obligation to proclaim the praises of the one who called us out of darkness into his marvelous light (1 Pet 2:9; Rom 1:14–16).
  • We don’t exist to proclaim ourselves, but Christ (2 Cor 4:5).
  • We don’t exist to speak about God alone. The good news is about what God has done in Christ (1 Cor 15; 2 Cor 4:4).
  • We can only see Christ when God works in our hearts (2 Cor 4:6).

Bon Air Baptist Church exists to disciple all peoples.

  • God promised to bless all the peoples of the earth (Gen 12:3).
  • Jesus commissioned his disciples to make disciples of all nations by baptizing them and teaching them everything he commanded (Matt 28:19; Acts 1:8).
  • Paul said his ambition was to preach Christ among unreached people groups (Rom 15:19–21).
  • As the gospel is proclaimed, God causes us to be born again through his Word as a new creation (1 Pet 1:22–25).
  • The gospel frees us from our slavery to sin and grants obedience to God and his Word (Rom 6:17–18; Eph 2:8–10).
  • Our minds are renewed by hearing the Word of God (Rom 12:2).
  • The Spirit changes us by conforming us to the image of Christ (2 Cor 3:18).
  • As we learn to follow Jesus, we must do the work of ministry by building up the body of Christ and helping other church members follow Jesus (Eph 4:11–13).
  • Ultimately, we make disciples of all peoples because Jesus purchased people for God by his blood from every tribe, tongue, people, and nation. Jesus aims to save a diverse people! (Rev 5:9).

Bon Air Baptist Church exists to display God’s glory.

  • Our ultimate goal is that God would be glorified in all things (1 Cor 10:31).
  • God aims for the church to make the gospel visible to the world:
  • In creation: Isaiah 43:7 speaks of “everyone who bears my name and is created for my glory.”
  • In salvation: 3 times in Ephesians 1, Paul says that our salvation is “to the praise of his glorious grace” (1:6, 12, 14).
  • In sanctification: Paul says in Philippians that our righteous living “comes through Jesus Christ to the glory and praise of God” (1:11).
  • In good works: Jesus says to let our light shine before others “so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven” (Matt 5:16; cf. 1 Pet 2:12).
  • In unity in diversity: Paul says in Ephesians 3 that God’s multi-faceted wisdom in making Gentiles coheirs and members of the same body through the gospel is “made known through the church to the rulers and authorities in the heavens (3:10).
  • In the consummation: Revelation says in the New Jerusalem, “the city does not need the sun or the moon to shine on it, because the glory of God illuminates it, and its lamp is the Lamb. The nations will walk by its light, and the kings of the earth will bring their glory into it” (21:23–24).