Pioneering

Baptists have, throughout their 400 year history, gone to new places or to groups of people who are unaware of the Good News of Jesus and pioneered new communities centred on the presence of God. In recent years, with various pressures and demands this priority has become less urgent and so we are seeking to recover the emphasis on going and being sent. This is core to the character of God and his purposes. He has always called people to go and share his truth and presence with those unaware of his love, Genesis 17:3-8

Jesus said, “Peace be with you! As the Father has sent me, I am sending you.” John 20:21
These words of Jesus, spoken in a post resurrection encounter with his disciples, are defining words for whole Christian movement – we are all sent people. Here in the East Midlands we believe that it is our priority to recapture this vision.

Churches are servants of the mission of God. God’s ultimate purpose is the transformation of all things in the new heaven and new earth; this is God’s work and only God can do this. But his church is privileged to partner him in this purpose by patterning itself on the Lord Jesus. As Jesus embodied the life of God, so must his people (John 1:14). Our life and message, are intended to point the one who gives life (John 3:16), in whom life in all its fullness is to be found (John 10:10). For the body of Christ on earth, the agenda is already set by the head (Luke 4:18-19), and energised by his Spirit’s power.

As the Father sent me, so I send you! Sent people; this is who we are and often pioneering work is what we do!