Our mission is to make disciples of Jesus Christ. Our vision is to be a Gospel Community On Mission impacting Jackson-Madison County, North America, and the world.
Experiencing The Power of the Gospel
The most important news that we have to share at West Jackson is the Gospel of Jesus Christ. And the most important thing we do week after week is proclaim that message so that people from all backgrounds and every generation can come to know and receive God's grace. We want to be a church that experiences the transforming power of God (Romans 1:16).
What is the Gospel? In brief, we have all turned away from God in some way or another, rejecting His rightful place in our lives and falling far short of His holiness. Because of our sin, we were separated from God deserving His eternal punishment. But God, who is rich in mercy, sent His one and only Son Jesus Christ to live the life we should have lived and die the death we should have died (Romans 3:21-26). But that wasn't the end of the story.
After three days in the grave, Jesus was gloriously raised from the dead, as a sign and testimony to all that he has indeed conquered the power of evil and defeated death itself. As Jesus says: "I am the way, the truth, and the life: No one can come to the Father except through me" (John 14:6). We now proclaim this message, that anyone who would place their faith in this living Jesus who died for our sins will not only have eternal life but also a new and joy-filled relationship with God here and now.
Growing in Authentic Relationships
We say often at West Jackson that God has called us to be a “Gospel Community On Mission”. We believe that our church is not a gathering of perfect people. Rather, we are gathering of imperfect men, women, and children, spanning every generation, who have found their only hope in Jesus and His Gospel. We believe the good news about Jesus is more than just a story or set of written beliefs. It is the life-changing power of God that is meant to be woven into every area of our lives.
But that change doesn't happen when we are on our own. That change happens through authentic and godly relationships within the church. The Gospel knits us into a community of believers who are loved by God, and being changed by his grace day after day as we speak the truth in love to one another (Ephesians 4:15). As we commit to share our lives with other believers in biblical community, we begin to see God do amazing things in and around us! Our passion, then, is to come together often in small and large groups to encourage one another through the Scriptures, pray for one another, and give testimony to the transforming presence of Jesus (Hebrews 10:25).
A Community On Mission Together
West Jackson is a missions-minded church. As we grow in authentic relationships within the Body of Christ, we can begin to see the world with God's eyes and feel the needs around us with his compassion and love. Under the authority of Jesus, by the power of the Holy Spirit, the Church has been given a Great Commission: “Go and make disciples of all nations…” (Matthew 28:19) Jesus has also given us a Great Commandment that should mark our lives and our churches: "You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart... and love your neighbor as yourself." (Luke 10:27).
From these two great teachings of Jesus, we believe that the church is called to a life of sacrificial worship (Romans 12:1-2). The love of Christ in us leads us to worship God alone, and love our neighbors as ourselves in light of the grace we've received. The heartbeat of a church consumed with God's grace and glory continues to overflow as we see the nations and people groups around the world that do not know the Gospel of Jesus Christ (2 Corinthians 5:14-21).
Jesus commanded us to make disciples of all nations, languages, and people groups to bring glory to the Father (Matthew 28:18-20). The entire church community shares this calling from Jesus to live out His mission in every place we find ourselves in life. The New Testament church was born in the context of this mission (Acts 1-2). The Church is always going, because it is not a building at all–but rather a people who live daily within reach of a lost world (1 Peter 2:9).