We proclaim Christ, admonishing and teaching everyone with all wisdom, so that we may present everyone perfect in Christ. To this end I labor, struggling with all His energy, which so powerfully works in me. (Colossians 1:28-29)
Brandeis Christian Fellowship's (BCF) mission is to proclaim Christ, to admonish and teach everyone with all wisdom, and to present everyone perfect in Christ. We acknowledge that this goal can only be attained if we remain in Him and rely on His strength that works so powerfully in us, for apart from Him we can do nothing.
We are disciples of Christ, and our desire is to advance the kingdom of God. We submit to Christ's great commission, in which He told His followers to "make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit." Jesus stated that the fields are ripe for the harvest of souls, and we consider Brandeis University to be our primary mission field. Our goal is to proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ in its full power and glory and truth, with gentleness and humility, realizing that it is not by our power or will that anyone can turn to Christ. Rather, we acknowledge that it is only through the work of the Holy Spirit that people can come to Christ through our ministry, as stated in Acts 1:8.
But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.
Our goal is not to offend or create discord on this campus, for we are called to peace. We recognize, however, that the gospel is offensive to those who are perishing, and that we cannot weaken our message in order to appease others. In preaching this gospel, we are motivated out of love for those who are lost, and not out of selfish pride.
For Christ's love compels us, because we are convinced that one died for all, and therefore all died ... And He has committed to us the message of reconciliation. (2 Corinthians 5:14, 19)
We will make every effort necessary to win the trust and respect of those on this campus, many of whom are afraid that we are using manipulative measures to win disciples.
Rather, we have renounced secret and shameful ways; we do not use deception, nor do we distort the word of God. On the contrary, by setting forth the truth plainly we commend ourselves to every man's conscience in the sight of God. (2 Corinthians 4:2)
We also do not rely on human arguments, which only promote controversy, to convince people about the Messiahship and Lordship of Jesus. For Christ did not send us to preach the gospel with words of human wisdom, lest the cross of Christ be emptied of its power. We are committed to presenting the gospel of Christ in its entirety and in truth. We leave all those who hear this message to choose for themselves whether to believe or not. To the lost, this message is foolishness, but to those whose eyes God has opened, this message has the power of salvation. It does not, therefore, depend on our desire or our effort, but on God's power and mercy and sovereign choice.
The great commission does not end with the making and baptizing of new disciples. We are also called to teach others to obey everything that Christ commanded us. Our goal is to advance the kingdom of Christ by raising up mature leaders, who will carry on the message of the cross on this campus in the years to come. We emphasize the need to impart and transfer the gifts that God has given us to others, so that future generations at Brandeis will be even more powerful and effective ministers of the gospel. Through group Bible studies and one-on-one mentoring relationships, we hope to raise up leaders "full of goodness, complete in knowledge and competent to instruct one another." (Romans 15:14) By emphasizing the importance of training and teaching new leaders, when veteran BCF leaders graduate, they will have confidence that those they have taught will now be able to teach others, so that the quality of the fellowship and unity on this campus will continue to increase.
We also uphold the need for Biblical teaching and authority outside of our campus fellowship. We encourage all members of BCF to join a local church or to make a regular commitment to attending chapel services. A student is not greater than his teacher, and we recognize the extreme importance of submitting to the authority of those with more knowledge than we have so that we can grow.
Obey your leaders and submit to their authority. They keep watch over you as men who must give an account. Obey them so that their work will be a joy, not a burden, for that would be of no advantage to you. (Hebrews 13:17)
Our teaching will be in vain if we do not uphold the truths that we are imparting to others. For this reason, we emphasize the need for unity and fellowship among believers. We uphold that in order for Christians to mature, we must be challenged by one another. There are many temptations and distractions that Christians should not face alone. Through accountability relationships, we will grow together, "until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ." (Ephesians 4:13)
We also recognize the need to encourage one another and to carry one another's burdens, and so to attain unity in the body of Christ. We recognize that we are all members of the body of Christ, His church, and that each member is called to work in unity with the others.
But God has combined the members of the body ... so that there should be no division in the body, but that its parts should have equal concern for each other. If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it. (1 Corinthians 12:24-26)It is through loving others that God's love is made complete in us.
Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers. (Galatians 6:10)
It is our goal that everyone who graduates from Brandeis will have heard the gospel and have had a chance to accept the salvation that comes from Jesus. It is also our goal that everyone who has made the decision to follow Christ, whether in their college years or previously, will be thoroughly prepared and equipped after leaving Brandeis to "go into all the world" to proclaim the name of Christ and to teach others to obey His commands.
"For we are God's workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do." (Ephesians 2:10)We acknowledge that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night, and so we stress the importance of keeping watch and being ready, so that when He comes we will be found doing His will.
"He will keep you strong to the end, so that you will be blameless on the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. God, who has called you into fellowship with his Son Jesus Christ our Lord, is faithful." (1 Corinthians 1:8-9)