In saying Core Value #9, all we’re saying is that we take seriously what Jesus Christ told us to do in the Bible. Jesus said to his first followers, who were living in Jerusalem at the time: “You will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria and then to the ends of the earth” (Acts 1:8).
Jesus calls us to be a “FORCE” in our world, not a “FORTRESS”. And when it comes to being a “force” in our world, Jesus’ model is for us to begin right in our own community.
We believe that it is unacceptable for a church to exist in a community for years and, at the end of that time, to have made little or no impact for Christ on that community.
We believe that it is a travesty for churches to spend many thousands of dollars a year to support overseas missionary work and, at the same time, to expend virtually no energy to reach the people across the street from the church building.
We cannot control what people do with the message of Jesus Christ. But our calling is to make sure that every person living in the Washington metro area has the opportunity to respond to that message. In other words, our mission is to saturate the Washington area with the message of Christ and to do so in language that is intelligible and understandable. And this means the inner city as well as the suburbs.
As a church family, we’re not going to be satisfied until every person in the metro area has had the opportunity to hear about, understand and respond to Jesus Christ’s offer of forgiveness and reconciliation with God.
Every dollar our people give – every prayer our people pray – every hour our people serve at McLean Bible Church is dedicated to making this kind of impact on our world.