Our Mission Statement at Big Valley Grace comes from two of Jesus' teachings and instructions in the gospel of Matthew.
When Jesus was asked, "which is the great commandment?" he responded:
“You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.” -Matthew 22:37-40 ESV
Jesus' final words were:
"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 ESV
These passages are often referred to as the Great Commandment and the Great Commission and together, they form the mission of Big Valley Grace. It not only informs how we live and obey what Jesus commanded, but our desire and effort to encourage others to obey all that Jesus commanded as well.