“Doing” has to do with mission. Mission answers the question, “what do you exist to do?” Every good organization has a mission statement. They got the idea from Jesus. Jesus Christ spoke the first mission statement to his followers in Matthew 28.18-20.
The mission of Seaside is to Draw to Christ, Develop in Community, and Deploy to Culture. Everything we do fits into this mission. It helps to see these three pieces of the Jesus’ mission for His church in an illustration.
First, we Draw to Christ. Luke 15.1 says that sinners were drawing near to Jesus. We join in a long line of sinners who have gone before us drawing near to Him. This is the central defining act of our mission. We want to know Jesus. He is is our Savior, Lord, and leader. We draw to Christ personally through reading God’s word and praying. We draw to Christ corporately every week at our Sunday gathering where we learn, celebrate, and worship Him!
Second, we Develop in Community. God exists in a “community,” Father, Son, and Spirit. In that sense He has never been alone. Jesus’ pattern for spiritual growth was in a group. He called his disciples to follow him individually but then placed them with others to follow him together. You can’t follow Jesus alone! Not only do you need others but others need you. We develop and grow as His followers as we are connected to community. We practice this through a variety of community and growth opportunities. This would include community groups, smaller discipleship groups (2-4), as well as seaside kids, seaside students, and various classes we offer.
Third, we Deploy to Culture. Jesus himself came to those far from Him and sends all he has saved to go and represent him to a needy world. We don’t run from the culture around us but engage it through love, service, relevant outreach, and friendship. We do this so that we can help others draw to Christ, then develop in Community, and finally go back into culture to reach more people with the gospel. All of this is done for the glory of God.