Our mission is to make and mature disciples of Jesus.
Our mission comes straight from the mouth of Jesus, who upon leaving his disciples commissioned them with these words: “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” (Matthew 28:18-20)
A disciple is most simply defined as a follower of Jesus (Matthew 4:19; 9:9; 16:24; John 10:27). Therefore, making a disciple happens when a person is introduced to Jesus and chooses to follow Him, and maturing a disciple occurs when a person is changed by Jesus and moves closer to the life that Jesus calls us to live. In most cases, making disciples happens outside the church as Jesus’ followers are sent to share who Jesus is with others, and maturing disciples happens inside the church where we seek to apply Jesus’ teachings to every aspect of our lives.
Everything we do at Redwood Chapel aims to make and mature disciples of Jesus.
Our aspiration is to become a relational disciple-making church.
Each of these words is important. To become implies that we are not there yet, and therefore, we will aim the various ministries of the church to this goal. Relational communicates that we cannot do this alone. We are a people who are made for community (Rom. 12:4-5), and we desire that every person in our church is connected in a relational small group. Disciple-making ties our aspiration directly to our mission which is at the heart of all that we do. A church is what we are being built into by Jesus (Matthew 16:18). We are not simply a social club; we are a people from many different backgrounds and stories pursuing the life that Jesus has modeled for us.
Gospel message of Jesus to everyone in the Castro Valley, Hayward, San Leandro, San Lorenzo, Oakland and the East Bay area community