All human beings need a reason to live. Their purposes can be as varied as being a happy person, having fame, wealth or a well-integrated family, etc. However, only one purpose takes us beyond our short lives in this physical world: God created us so that we can have an unconditional love relationship with Him for eternity. Our purpose is to love and give glory to God.
We love God with all our being
Everything we do in Verbo Ministries stems from the great commandment that God gave to mankind that we love Him with our whole being. Compliance with this is what gives us the ability to realize our full potential as human beings and children of God. Jesus clearly said, “If you love Me, keep My commandments (John 14:15). “ To the Jews who had believed him, he said, ‘If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free (John 8:31-32).’”
When we love God and strive to do His will, God is pleased. The essence of the Christian life is, on one hand, to discover God’s will for our lives and fulfill it. On the other hand, it is to encounter one of universe’s most sublime realities, which is that the Creator of the universe wants to have a relationship of love and intimacy with us. To achieve these two ends, God sent us his Holy Spirit, who guides our relationship with God into holy perfection. As we do God’s will, the Spirit’s constant filling allows us to experience a life where the fruit, the gifts and power of God manifest themselves in our lives for the benefit of all. God put this instructions in the form of a promise in Deuteronomy 10:12-13, “And now, Israel, what does the Lord your God require of you, but to fear the Lord your God, to walk in all His ways and to love Him, to serve the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul, and to keep the commandments of the Lord and His statutes which I command you today for your good?”
The Second Commandment: Love Your Neighbor
When God says we should love our neighbor as ourselves, he is teaching us that the Christian’s relationship with God is only part of the equation. God loves everyone, even those who reject his grace and salvation; Jesus gave his life for all mankind. We must love non-Christians and help them come to know God and experience his goodness in their lives.
Our relationship with our brothers and sisters in the faith runs even deeper. In John 13:34, Jesus says to his disciples, “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another.”
In Verbo, we prioritize the relationship of friends in the faith, helping each to form a spiritual family where mutual love is manifested in practical ways, supplying the needs of all our members (see 1 John 3:16-17, Acts 2:44-46, Acts 4 :32-35).
Man’s purpose is that to which he dedicates his life; in Verbo we devote our lives to Jesus.
Having a purpose is essential to life. As we have seen, the purpose of the Verbo family is to love and glorify God. Without this, we would walk aimlessly, trying to fill our lives with activities of smaller significance, driven by wants, emotions, activism and trends. When we understand the true purpose of life, we abandon our focus on minor things and we focus on what God has prepared for us. We project this purpose through our vision: Our vision is the way we carry out our purpose. It’s our strategy. Without it, a purpose is nothing more than a beautiful statement. For example, we can say that our purpose is to go from Buenos Aires to Mexico City. The vision is what we have to do to reach the goal. Thereafter, we develop strategies that will help us fulfill the vision.
- Every believer is responsible for the work of world evangelization. We must preach the message of forgiveness of sins and a new and eternal life in Christ to every creature. Jesus told his followers in Matthew 28:18-20 “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. 19 Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”
- Every believer must become Christ like. Romans 8:29 says, “For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren.” In Ephesians 4: 12 we find that Jesus gave the Church certain gifts “…for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ, till we all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ”
- Every Christian should work for the unity of the body of Christ. Jesus is preparing a church who will reign with Him in eternity. 1 Corinthians 12:12-13 says, “For as the body is one and has many members, but all the members of that one body, being many, are one body, so also is Christ. For by one Spirit we were all baptized into one body—whether Jews or Greeks, whether slaves or free—and have all been made to drink into one Spirit.”
The mission statement is something that every congregation of Verbo develops according to the nature of its membership, where the church located, and its particular needs, and its plan to manifest the Kingdom of God on this earth. Some mission statements are quite simple and generalized, for example, “Our mission is to see our country turned into a great family, inspired by God to express His perfect love.”
By extending this concept further, we combine the vision and mission statements in one declaration, which gives cohesion to all that defines a given local church. Each Verbo church writes its own statement in this context.
An example of this statement can be written as follows: My local congregation has been established by God to “Disciple the families of our country until they reach maturity in Christ, exercising their personal ministries in the congregation and in the world, so that God may be glorified and exalted.
Our vision encapsulated: “To maintain an intimate relationship with God, allowing his nature of love, holiness, unity and power to manifest itself in and through as we reach and transform the world with his wisdom,
We implement our vision and mission through several practical means:
Evangelism: We consider the task of reaching people who do not know Christ a fundamental duty and we believe that creating a relationship is the most effective way of preaching the Good News. Therefore we choose to evangelize through proximity, friendship and service. We strive to reach people with the message in their own cultural milieu.
Discipleship: Evangelism is not complete without discipleship. Discipleship is the process of helping a person develop Christ’s virtues and character in his life to the degree that he transforms his thinking to conform to God’s perspective. Older, experienced Christians are the mentors, a tutors and spiritual fathers and mothers of the newer members. In general, we are all called to participate with the Holy Spirit in the formation of Jesus in our lives and the lives of others.
A disciple is a person who after receiving Jesus as Savior and Lord makes a conscious decision to follow him for the rest of their lives. That decision will result in the disciple receiving instruction, doctrine, ethics, morals which he will then put into practice.
Maturity: This is the result of good discipleship and the practice of the Word of God. The current world system has distorted the way in which men think. This deformation has twisted people’s conduct in general. Living the real Christian life leads to true maturity. Maturity implies a radical change in our way of thinking, replacing the old information with new one. This changes our behavior and directs it to God’s purposes. Ephesians 4:13-15 says that this process of change from our sinful and ungodly thinking will continue, “ till we all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ; 14 that we should no longer be children, tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, in the cunning craftiness of deceitful plotting, 15 but, speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who is the head—Christ.”
Ministry in the Church: Once on the road to maturity and biblical wisdom, we find our calling to serve Christ in all ways that build up the Church. God distributes gifts to each one to be used for the benefit of the body. It is the duty of all to discover theirs and put into practice. Every Christian must strive to find their place as an active member, serving in one of the ministries of the church and seeking to help the needy of this world. If each person fulfills his ministry, then the body will grow harmoniously both qualitatively and quantitatively. 1 Corinthians 12:4-7 says: ” There are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit. 5 There are differences of ministries, but the same Lord. And there are diversities of activities, but it is the same God at work. Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good.”
Cooperation: “…but, speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who is the head—Christ— 16 from whom the whole body, joined and knit together by what every joint supplies, according to the effective working by which every part does its share, causes growth of the body for the edifying of itself in love (Ephesians 4:15-16).”
Missionary Outreach: When we are mature Christians, serving others with the abilities God gave us, we can easily become salt and light in the world. We are called to transform this society. The church fulfills its vision for this world by sending families to other places as missionaries in order to reach all nations. We develop outreaches outside the four walls of our church buildings, which we consider not only places for meetings and companionship but training centers, that will help us be more effective in the society we live in: family, school, college, university, factory, office, etc.
Social Work: We also work with the disadvantaged of society through social action. Part of God’s will is that we help meet the needs of the poor, widows, orphans, prisoners, the exploited and unprotected, and marginalized members of society.