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A Biblical Vision

May 25, 2011

“And they sang a new song, saying: “You are worthy to take the scroll, and to open its seals; for You were slain, and have redeemed us to God by Your blood out of every tribe and tongue and people and nation.” Revelation 5:9

Vision: To see individuals from every tribe and tongue and people and nation following Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord and actively participating in God’s Kingdom work locally and globally through Eastwood Baptist Church.

Most churches do not reflect the diversity that we see in Revelation 5:9, every tribe and tongue and people and nation. We tend to congregate with people who are “like us”. God’s desire and heart is much different. He is passionate for the whole world not just one group of people.

The four words in Revelation 5:9, tribe, tongue, people, and nation include every individual no matter where they were born or what language they speak. Our world is diverse. God says that one day his kingdom will be composed of all kinds of people from every imaginable group.

When Jesus instructed His disciples to pray, one of the parts of the prayer was “Your Kingdom come, Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven (Matthew 6:8). It is our belief at Eastwood Baptist Church that God is glorified when we do His will on earth before a watching world. Since God will redeem people from every tribe and tongue and people and nation, we want to actively cooperate with Him now to see it become a reality in our local congregation.

Therefore everyone we meet is a potential participant in God’s kingdom though Eastwood Baptist Church. We respect all cultures, celebrate all languages, and enjoy the food! We also want to learn everything we can about beliefs and backgrounds so that we can reach out with understanding and compassion.

We believe that Jesus Christ died for the sins of the whole world. Jesus is not one of many options. He said that He was the only way to have peace with God the Father (John 14:6, Romans 5:1). We must lovingly share Him with all people so that they too can be one of the redeemed.

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