To see the glory of God saturate Boulder
(Habakkuk 2:14; Numbers 14:21; Psalm 67; Isaiah 43:6-7; Ephesians 1:4-6; 1 Cor. 10:31)
We worship and serve the God of all glory. Our God is jealous for His own glory and He refuses to share it with anything or anyone else. Everything that God says and does is for the zeal of His own glory (Rom. 11:36). God created the heavens and the earth for His glory (Ps. 19:1). God created humans for HIs glory (Is. 43:6-7). God chose His own people for His glory (Eph. 1:4-6). He instructs us to do everything for His glory (1 Cor. 10:31). God sent His Son Jesus for His glory (Rom. 3:25-26). God has promised to make his name great among all the nations and peoples of the earth (Hab. 2:14).
Boulder is filled with many worshippers. But sadly, many of these worshippers have either rejected or have never heard of the One True and Glorious God revealed to us in the Bible. Our vision is to see every man, woman, and child in Boulder hear of the love of God in Jesus, repent and turn from their sin, and place their trust in Jesus alone for salvation, because only this gives glory to God. We will labor for the day where God’s glory has saturated every school, business, restaurant, apartment complex, and home in Boulder. Why? Because His supreme worth.
To make disciples of Jesus Christ who make disciples
(Matthew 5:16; 28:16-20; 4:19; 2 Timothy 2:2)
The way we will experience the saturation of God’s glory in Boulder is through making disciples of Jesus Christ. This is because God’s Word tells us that when Jesus came to earth as a man, he embodied in himself the very glory of God (Heb. 1:3). when we read about the life of Jesus, we learn something critical about God’s mission to make His glory known to all the nations. How did Jesus make God’s glory spread across the earth? Jesus called and made disciples of himself. A disciple is a student, someone who is learning and following their teacher. Jesus invested his entire three years of his earthly ministry primarily into 12 ordinary men who were called his disciples.
Why did Jesus focus his attention on these few men when there were so many people to tell of God’s glory? Because making disciples of individuals who follow Jesus is God’s plan to spread His glory. As followers of Jesus, our mission is to listen to and obey Jesus’ command to make disciples who follow him. A disciple of Jesus is someone who first has turned away from their old way of living, and begins living a life that obeys everything Jesus said, and then seeks to tell others about him. Everything in our lives is now submitted under the authority of the Lord Jesus.
So, because discipleship is about all of life, we don’t view the task of making disciples as a mere program or only something that occurs on Sundays. Being a disciple and making more disciples of Jesus encompasses every single aspect of life. Whether you are a mom with children at home or an employee in the marketplace, we believe your mission in life is to live a life submitted to the truths of the Gospel, while making Jesus known to whoever God has placed in your life through your true words and your good deeds.
Exalt Christ | Enter into Community | Extend the Mission
Exalt Christ: Christ is the eternal Word made flesh (John 1:14), the one by whom and for whom all things were made (John 1:3, Col. 1:16), the one through whom we have access to God (John 14:6, Heb. 10:19), and the one who is himself the glory of God (Rev. 21:23). Therefore we worship Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord. We feed our souls by worshipping him through the preached Word, the singing of psalms, hymns and spiritual songs, and prayer (Acts 2:42, Ephesians 5:19).
Enter Community: When Jesus came to seek and save the lost he welcomed sinners into community with him (Rom. 15:7). We therefore give ourselves to the regular gathering of a servant-hearted community (Acts. 2:42-47). In Christ-centered community we discover our true identity and love others towards a faithful life with Jesus.
Extend the Mission: Jesus has commissioned all of his disciples to make disciples of all peoples and nations (Mtt. 28:16-20). With time, money and energy we give ourselves to the daily discipleship of others in the everyday stuff of life, as well as to the ongoing work of planting new churches and sending missionaries to those who have yet to hear of King Jesus (Rom. 10:13-17). We acknowledge we can accomplish no good thing unless God moves (Ps. 127:1), so we commit ourselves to prayer.
Nick Paola – Lead Pastor Vision and Teaching
Nick was born and raised in Portland, Oregon. He married his beautiful wife Sarah in Eugene, Oregon in 2013. Nick and Sarah have three wonderful daughters. As a family they enjoy the outdoors, reading, eating really good food, and learning to become more like Jesus. Nick earned his BA from the University of Oregon and his Masters of Divinity from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.