OUR COMMON PURPOSE
The NSW and ACT Baptist Association exists to advance the Gospel of Jesus Christ in word, deed and sign, through interdependent partnerships.
And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptising them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit…Matthew 28:18-19
This statement of purpose is designed to encapsulate our reason for being. The Association of churches exists to work together in the fulfillment of God’s call on us as individual churches – to advance the Gospel of Jesus Christ. We are called to do this throughout all the world – locally, nationally and internationally.
This calling relates to the complete ministry of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. The declaration and practice of Biblical truth (Word), the supernatural outworking and revelation of the Trinity in our midst and through us (sign) and the practical expression of our devotion to God and our love of humanity (deed).
Our purpose also indicates the vital nature of partnership in ministry as it identifies the need to have interdependent relationships to fulfill this call. As churches and ministers we join together to work towards advancing the Gospel. This includes being supported when we are weak and supporting others when we are strong.
This interdependence should be founded in the call of Jesus to love each other as Christ loved us.
Through our mutual interdependence, love and partnership the world will know we are His disciples.
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