Nebraska District Mission Statement

NEBRASKA DISTRICT MISSION STATEMENT

Mission Statement

“We exist to glorify God by loving Him and obeying His Word, being birthed, empowered, and taught by the
Holy Spirit, thus becoming more and more like Jesus, taking on His character and ministry, that in these last
days, Nebraska, the nation and the world might also glorify Him.”

Definition of Words and Concepts

We exist…

While this statement could be made singular for any individual or made plural for an individual church, the
intention of “we exist” is to represent the precious nature of our fellowship among the congregations joined in
this Nebraska District. We are a voluntary cooperative fellowship and our unity in diversity is precious to us
and is a work of the Holy Spirit Himself, who has brought us to this time. Colossians 1:6-18, 21-23a,
Psalm 133:1

…to glorify God…

God is eternally unchanging and resplendent but it is our calling to make His name and character known in the
earth. We are to reflect through our humanity how we have been touched by His life, His very Presence and
Person. Where we are, God should be seen and honored. Matt. 5:14-16, Ephesians 1:3-6, I Corinthians 10:31

…by loving Him…

He loved us first and has called us to the priority of fellowship with Him. Intimacy with Him must always
precede our doing anything for Him. We love Him by speaking with Him, by singing to Him, by attending to
His voice in the manifestations of His life and gifts among us, and in the quietness we nurture privately with
Him. Romans 5:8, John 15:9, Ephesians 3:14-19

…and obeying His Word…

There can be no love of God without accompanying obedience to His Word and Will. Worship alone is not
obedience. If we love Him we will diligently study His Word and keep His commandments, no matter how
much the human cost. John 14:15, 21, 23, John 15:10-12, James 1:22, 2:14-17

being…

We recognize that what we describe here is first of all His initiative toward us. We exist only because He has
been and is giving us life. We recognize our “being” is only because He is at work within us to will and work
for His good pleasure. John 6:63, Acts 17:24-28, Philippians 2:13

…birthed (by the Holy Spirit)…

The point of beginning is the same for every person – the sovereign action of the Spirit of God to cause us to be
born into the family of God. This is salvation and must be experienced individually by repenting of sin to God
and by placing faith in Jesus Christ, His Person and work. John 3:3-8, Acts 2:38-40, Ephesians 2:1-10

…empowered (by the Holy Spirit)…

The pattern of empowering as it is described in the book of Acts is for the church of every age. We expect
tongues to accompany the infilling of the Holy Spirit as a mark of persons being equipped for spiritual service,
and we look for signs to follow in each of our lives as we obey the directives of the Spirit daily. Acts 1:8, 2:1-4, 10:44-46, 19:6, Mark 16:17-18

…taught by the Holy Spirit…

The Bible, God’s Word, is the standard for faith and practice; the inspired, inerrant revelation of truth to
mankind for every culture and time. The Holy Spirit “taught” it to the first authors, and reteaches it to us today
through personal study and meditation, and through the public gifts of teaching and preaching. John 14:26, II
Timothy 2:15, Ephesians 4:11-13

…thus becoming more and more…

None of us have reached perfection. We are all in the process of
transformation and will continue to be until we see Him face to face.
Philippians 3:7-15, II Corinthians 3:18, Philippians 1:3-6

…like Jesus…

Our standard and goal is to become in all ways like Jesus Christ. Our
measure of everything must be this one perfect life and example.
Romans 8:29, Colossians 3:1-4, Hebrews 12:2-3

…taking on His character…

We are called to His ethics and values, His priorities and commitment, His lifestyle and justice. Our first
question in every situation must be, “What would Jesus do?” Matthew 5:3-10, John 21:19-22, I Peter 2:21

…and (taking on His) ministry…

We are called to His focuses in ministry – to the poor, the oppressed, the lost. We are called to proclamation,
healing, and deliverance, to discipling and the assembling of His church. Luke 4:18-19, Matthew 25:31-40, I
John 4:19-21

…that in these last days,…

We affirm that now, more than ever before, “the day of the Lord is at hand.” The earth is groaning, awaiting
the manifestation of the children of God. We are committed to living in the light of the brevity of time itself
and of our own personal lives in particular. We live knowing that life is short and is but preparation for
eternity. Romans 8:18-25, II Peter 3:8-15, James 4:13-17

…Nebraska,…

Our first call is to take Jesus to every person in Nebraska. Luke 10:27-28, Acts 1:8

…the nation,…

We bear on our hearts the intense need to evangelize and plant churches in the large urban areas of our nation.
We will not be selfish. As we feed the nation from our soil, so we shall feed the nation from our hearts. Mark
1:38, Romans 15:20, Romans 10:6-15

…and the world…

The racially diverse, the economically stratified, the geographically
segmented, and the politically polarized; this is the world God loves. We shall not rest until the whole world
knows Jesus. That is His will for us. John 3:16-17, Galatians 3:26-29, Colossians 3:11, Mark 15:15-20

…might also glorify Him.
Our statement forms a continual cycle of growth. In each place where a church is planted we believe that they
too, must take this statement and live it out . . . that all may, with one voice and heart, glorify God forever. II
Timothy 2:1-2, Matthew 28:18-20