MT. Olive Cathedral C.M.E. Church exits to praise and serve Jesus Christ on earth and to glorify God. Our mission is to be a church characterized as sensitve, caring, responsive, courageous, loving, spiritiually alive, warm, open, and forgiving. We are a dedicated people living our Christian beliefs.
The Church and its Mission
The great commission ('Go into all the world and make disciples of all nations') is not just individual, but corporate: 'Preach the Gospel to all creation' (Mark 16:15, RSV, NIV). Jesus says to his disciples, 'As the Father sent me, so I send you' (John 20:21). Here is both a command and a pattern for evangelism. The church's mission in the world is to be like Christ's. He was born into the world, lived in the world, and died for the world. We, too, are called to a humble, sacrificial identification with those to whom we are sent.
'Mission' includes everything the church is sent into the world to do. Biblical mission involves three concerns: compassion for those the New Testament calls the lost (evangelism); compassion for the hurting (mercy) and compassion for the powerless (justice). These three concerns are highlighted by Micah (6:8) and Jesus (Matthew 23:23) as being essential to an authentic biblical faith. Justice has to do with our relationships to worldly powers, mercy our relationship to others' pain, faithfulness our relationship to God's plan. Mission in the Bible involves three modes: word (what we say to others for God); deed (what we do for others in the Lord's name); and sign (what God does to corroborate his word through our words and his works through our deeds).
The church is the divinely instituted organism of Heaven for the purpose of evangelism (sharing our faith; winning the lost to Christ through our witness, Matthew 28:19, 20; Acts 1:8) and edification (building up the body of Christ through the teaching of God’s word and through the fellowship of believers in the Holy Spirit, Acts 20:32, Ephesians 4:12). While both of these stated purposes have many different and dynamic implications, they basically state the primary function of every local congregation which worships Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord.
As a member of this local church, you are called by God, to share in his blessed privilege and responsibility. It is only through the effective, faithful exercise of our mission that we please our Heavenly Father. Therefore, we seek in all that we do to have some element of this stated purpose obvious to all.
The church is not out to “save the world”, but we are out to share the good news , that Jesus Christ is alive forevermore and will save all who will trust him for salvation from sin and self and provide an atmosphere in which it is possible for a new creature in Christ to grow and develop. As Christians, we want you to know that we need your help as we seek to accomplish his formidable task. We thank God for you, for you have become one of the laborers He has given us to gather and already ripened harvest!
What the Church Should Be
A Working Church…
Faith without works is dead
(James 2:16, 17)
A Growing Church…
Because we are commissioned to witness to the lost
(Matthew 28:19, 20; Acts 1:8)
A Happy Church…
For people are happy when they are working for the Lord
A Peaceful Church…
For people who are busy in the Lord’s work don’t have time to stir up trouble
Evangelizing the Lost
We will evangelize the lost wherever we have the opportunity. We will make Christ known through borth verbal witness and purposeful daily living. We accept our responsibility for those within our personal circle of influence.
"But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Spirit is come upon you, and ye shall be witnesses uto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth." Acts 1:8
Singing (Ephesians 5:19); Praying (Psalm 95:6); Giving of our Tithes and Offerings (Malachi 3:7-10; I Corinthians 16:1-2); Baptism (Romans 6:3-4); The Lord’s Supper (I Corinthians 11:23 -26); The Preaching of the Word of God (Romans 10:14, 17); Celebration (Psalm 122:1)Inspiration (Isaiah 40:31); Preparation (Ephesians 4:11 -12)
Why We Exist
We embrace the mandate given by Jesus Christ before his ascension in the Acts of the Apostle 1:8 - “But ye shall receive power, after the, the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in
The mandate for evangelism makes soul winning and witnessing the priority of the
The goal of salvation, according to the New Testament Scripture, is to lead every believer to the spiritual position of discipleship where we become students and followers of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
Let us leave the elementary teachings about Christ and go on to maturity. Hebrews 6:1