“16 Now the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had directed them. 17 And when they saw him they worshiped him, but some doubted. 18 And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 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, 20 teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”
Ever set foot in a Christian church? If so, I bet you've heard this one. Many call it the Great Commission - or Christ's command to go and teach others about Him. It's a verse that God brought to me as a young Christian, and one that I continue to come back to. Packed in these four verses is a summary of the Gospel - that Christ died in our place when we were wayward, broken souls, becoming the propitiation for our sins and offering us free grace and salvation.
This is why we Christians do what we do. Christ is our lifeblood. He gave himself up for us and when we realize that, our only course is to give ourselves up to His name and for God's glory. He died for us so that we can live for him. And this great news is why the Lanes are in Baltimore.
To recap, Sara and I moved here last year. I landed in November of 2012, Sara came in February of 2013. We decided (independently, pre-marriage) to leave the lives we'd always known in NC to help form Redeemer City Church, a new gospel-centered church in the city of Baltimore. Our church family is small, but focused. It's not easy, but we choose to live in a costly and sometimes dangerous place because we believe in the truth of the Bible. We long to see our neighbors in Baltimore know Jesus and enter into the life-changing covenant that Sara and I know through Christ.
Please join our mission by praying for us. Sara and I are in a big time of transition - from singleness to marriage, living along to living together, from college to professional life, from the South to the North, from rural to urban, from familiar to new. We recognize that this is a hard time, but it is a good time. We are excited that God has placed such a task in our hands, that He has entrusted us with building His kingdom in one of America's greatest cities. Thank you for supporting us and praying for us on this journey!