Gatlin: Our Purpose
The purpose of Gatlin Baptist Church is to glorify God by making disciples of all nations.
Our central focus and driving passion is to magnify God and to make his glory known as His sovereign rule (i.e., His kingdom) is extended in the Duncan/Marlow area and beyond. We pursue this vision in the context of our covenant faith family where we do life together as the family of God. We are at all times and in every way dependent upon the power of the Holy Spirit. And in all this we seek the joy of all people, for God’s glory in us is most clearly seen in our gladness in Him.
The purpose of the Church is to be the hands and feet of Jesus, to join with others who are “called out” in both the local and global realm to accomplish God’s purposes on the earth. While it is common today to define the success of the ministry of the people of God in terms of the number of those who are attending the church, the actual success of the ministry of those “called out” is best defined by whether they are actually “going” out (Matthew 28:16-20).
Followers of Christ are uniquely gifted to minister in their circle of influence, putting hands and feet to the ministry of Jesus today. God’s workmanship becomes evident in the lives of Christians as they step out of their comfort zone and begin to function as the minister that God created them to be. The unique gifts, passions and abilities which are deposited in each believer are given to build up the church and encourage others.