Jesus great commandment and great commission
When asked what the greatest commandment was, Jesus replied: Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself. (Matthew 22:37-38). These commandments inspire our motives as a church.
Jesus, having risen from the dead, commissions His disciples saying: “…go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” (Matthew 28:19-20). This commission directs our activities as a church.
Our mission statement and core purposes
Our vision is to be a relevant and significant church that sees the lost won and the won winning throughout Edinburgh, the Lothians and beyond.
With God’s help we plan to accomplish this through...
1. Regularly outreaching to the unchurched population of our city
The apostle Paul said: “I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes…” (Romans 1:16)
The “gospel” (which means “good news”) is the amazing message about Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection and how He has the power to give anyone who believes in Him eternal life and an authentic relationship with God.
We exist to introduce as many people as possible to Jesus in Edinburgh. As a church we’re committed to regularly communicating this timeless gospel in timely, creative, relevant, and engaging ways in our city. Our church calendar is full of events designed to communicate the gospel with our city.
Much of the growth of our church has come from people coming to faith for the first time, or coming back to faith. By God’s grace we hope to see our attendances continue to grow to reach our first major goal of 1% of our city’s population (5000 people) by 2027. Read Peter Anderson's article for the Evangelical Alliance on: "Church growth and Luke 15" Here is an MP3 message which help explain the gospel: “The gospel we preach” by Mark Driscoll
2. Discipleship of believers
Jesus commissioned us to “make disciples”. A “disciple” means a “learner”. We want to be a church that is a learning environment, a place where people can grow in God, reach their God-given potential and live life to the full with the Gospel right at the centre.
We exist to help believers become mature and fulfill their God given purpose in life.
Here’s 3 ways we do this: As part of our Sunday gatherings we teach empowering truths from the Bible. We aim to do this in an engaging, thought-provoking and applicable way so that people can apply the truths on a day-to-day basis.
Through the week we run dozens of “small groups” in people’s living rooms throughout the city. Small groups are friendly informal groups where people can meet, pray and study the Bible together. Hundreds of people in our church have found small groups to be excellent forum for them to grow in their faith.
We run a membership course called “According to the Pattern”. During the time we cover 13 Bible studies giving people a greater understanding of the Bible, the Christian life, the Kingdom of God and the Church and its mission.
3. Offering practical help to a world in need
It is our conviction that God is deeply concerned not only for the spiritual wellbeing of our city and world but also for our physical and emotional well-being.
We want to be a meaningful and influential Church in Edinburgh that makes a positive contribution to society, tackles real life issues, and practically meets the needs of people.
We are not just about getting people to heaven; we also want people to experience some of heaven on earth. We exist to demonstrate God’s love by offering practical help to those in need in Edinburgh and beyond.
Jesus said, "You are the salt of the earth... You are the light of the world." (Matthew 5:13-14)
Salt flavours, and we want to bring the flavour of God's love to others. Salt heals; we believe that practically displaying God’s love can bring healing into people’s lives. Light disperses darkness; we have seen that providing practical support helps disperse the isolation and hopelessness experienced by many people, bringing hope to their lives.
To read more about what we do locally to meet practical needs click here.
4. A church where people can experience true friendship and community
We exist to be a family, a community, a social network; welcoming people from different age groups, backgrounds and cultures.
Jesus placed great importance not only on our relationship with God but also on our relationships with each other. As a Church we help facilitate friendships by our network of weekly small groups.
5. Intimacy with God
We exist to know and worship God.
Our vision is to promote intimacy with God through worship and prayer. We recognise the importance of an individual's relationship with God and support and encourage them in this. Heartfelt uplifting worship is a major part of our main Sunday services, and we run regular intercessory prayer gatherings.
2020: our vision for the next 5 years
You've just read our 'broad strokes' vision that informs everything we do at Destiny. To hear about our specific vision for the next 5 years, check out our '2020 vision' page.