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Our Mission & Vision

To help connect people to faith

Our Mission and Vision is how we establish a Biblical philosophy of ministry and maintain a high view of the glory of God through:  Exaltation of God in true worship, equipping and edifying the body of Christ through the expository preaching of  God’s Word, Biblical counseling, personal and family discipleship, and Christian education and fellowship; and evangelizing the lost with the proclaiming the Gospel of Christ in our neighborhood, our nation, and throughout the world for the salvation of souls.

The Exaltation of God (Upward)

The believer’s upward relationship with God is to be one of worship.  Worship is attributing to God the honor and glory due Him through proclamation of His worth and presentation of one’s life.

1. Worship through Proclamation

Every believer is given the mandate and privilege to worship God by proclaiming His infinite worth (Deut 6:13; Matt 4:10). The apostle Paul lists worship as one of three characteristics of a believer (Phil 3:3).  Jesus declares that true worshipers worship “in spirit and truth” (John 4:23-24).  This kind of worship occurs in a heart quickened by the Spirit of God and which understands His truth as revealed in Scripture.  True worship involves sincere and genuine affection rooted in biblical truth, as the believer’s whole being joins in joyful praise of God through a life presented as a living sacrifice. 

True believers will display a desire to worship God both personally and corporately, through prayer, the public reading of Scripture, psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs of praise to the Lord.  If a church or ministry does not provide times for individuals and the body to express adoration to God, then those individuals may abandon biblical worship for empty forms that seek to fulfill their inherent desire to worship.  Therefore, it is incumbent upon the leaders of a ministry not only to consistently teach the saints what it means to worship biblically, but also to provide opportunities for the flock to worship in response to the truth of who God is and what He has done for His people.

 

2. Worship through Presentation

Paul calls believers to worship the Lord as a way of life: “I urge you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship” (Rom 12:1).  This kind of worship begins with an appropriate appreciation of the mercies of God and expresses itself in the continual presentation of oneself to God as a living sacrifice.  While the Old Testament saint was to come before the Lord with various animal sacrifices, the New Testament believer is called to come and present himself.  This involves coming before the Lord and surrendering oneself to Him and understanding oneself to be His possession and to exist for His purposes.

This placing of oneself at the Lord’s disposal is manifest in two ways.  First, the believer is to refuse to pattern himself after the ways of this present evil age.  Simply stated, Paul writes, “Do not be conformed to this world” (Rom 12:2a).  This kind of worship involves refusing to accept the world’s philosophy, to live according to the world’s standards, to make decisions according to the world’s priorities, to pattern one’s heart according to the world’s affections, to form convictions according to the world’s beliefs, and to plan one’s life according to the world’s values.  

Second, the believer is to continually renew his mind to the truth that he might be transformed and grow in righteousness.  In the words of Paul: “be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect” (Rom 12:2b).  The believer is to continually renew his thoughts so that they line up with the truth of God as expressed in His Word.  This is done by immersing oneself in the Mind of Christ as revealed in Scripture.  This mind-renewal, writes Paul, will bring about a transformation in which the believer progressively becomes more and more righteous in who he is, what he thinks, and what takes place in his heart.  It will ultimately result in obedience to God’s will. This kind of continual presentation of oneself to the Lord as a living sacrifice is worship that is acceptable and pleasing to God.

In recognizing the priority of this kind of worship in the life of every believer, a biblical ministry must be committed to motivating the flock in this direction.  This motivation of the saints takes place in two ways: godly example and ministry of the Word.  As examples to the flock, it is incumbent upon the leadership to begin by presenting themselves to the Lord in worship and living lives before the people that are worth imitating (1 Tim 4:12; 1 Pet 5:3; 1 Cor 4:16; Phil 3:17; 4:9; 1 Cor 11:1).  In ministering the Word, the leadership must follow in the footsteps of the apostle Paul and minister the Word both publicly and privately (Acts 20:20), always seeking to impart spiritual truth (“teaching”), expose sin and error (“reproof”), restore those who have fallen spiritually (“correction”), and cultivate righteous living (“training in righteousness”) (2 Tim 3:16).

 

The Edification of Each Other (Inward)

1. Edifying the Saints
Specifically, Edifying the saints takes form in living out the “one-another” passages in Scripture and exercising spiritual giftedness.

2. Equipping the Saints
Also, In Ephesians 4:12, Paul writes that gifted church leaders are given for “the equipping of the saints for the work of service, to the building up of the body of Christ.” The church is edified when each individual believer is taught and instructed how to function in it properly. Thus, one priority of the church and church leaders must be to train and equip believers to practice the one-another’s and to exercise their spiritual giftedness.

This equipping takes place in many ways. First and foremost, believers are equipped to function in the church when they are taught Scripture.  Through the faithful teaching of God’s Word, believers are trained in righteousness and equipped for every good work (2 Tim 3:16-17).   They are trained how to relate to other believers and serve them with their own God-given talents and giftedness. Thus, the teaching of God’s Word constitutes the core of the church’s equipping ministry.

Believers are to be encouraged and exhorted to respond to such teaching in obedience. Equipping Christians to function properly in the church occurs not merely when they hear the Word, but when they obey it (Luke 6:46-49; James 1:22-25). They must be exhorted to treat others in the body of Christ as outlined in Scripture, to recognize how God has gifted them, and then to put that giftedness into practice within the body. Therefore, exhortation to obey what the Word says is a necessary complement to the teaching of the Word.  Imperative following Indicative is a biblical pattern of teaching, preaching, and exhortation.

Equipping the saints occurs when those in leadership model the practicing of biblical fellowship (1 Tim 4:12; Titus 2:7; 1 Pet 5:3).  Much of godliness is caught as well as taught.  Leaders must ensure that their lives and ministries serve as a model for what is expected of all believers.

The church must constantly hold before the people the need for every believer to be involved in full-time Christian ministry. Ephesians 4:12 indicates that the work of the ministry lies not only with the leadership, but with all believers. Therefore, the tendency to leave the ministry to those paid to do it must be resisted. Instead, the expectation that all believers be engaged in the work of the ministry must be constantly communicated.

Central to an effective equipping ministry is the realization that equipping is a lifestyle and not a specialized program.  It involves the impartation not simply of information but also of one’s very life (1 Thess 2:7-8). The key is for those who are mature in the faith to develop relationships with younger believers that can serve as avenues for them to be equipped in their walk with Christ and taught how to conduct themselves in the body.  It is vital that this process not be limited to a formal program, but that it includes an informal process in which mentoring relationships facilitate equipping.

The Evangelization of the Lost (Outward)

1. Evangelism through Our Witness

Believers can better glorify God in heaven than on earth.  Why then would God leave believers on earth after their conversion?  One reason is found in the fact that they are to serve as His witnesses to the unbelieving world.  In Acts 1:8, Christ told the disciples that they were to be His witnesses “both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and even to the remotest part of the earth.”  In a similar sense, each believer today is to bear witness concerning the salvation that only Christ offers. 

While recognizing that unbelievers cannot be saved apart from receiving the Gospel in faith, Scripture also puts a premium on the way that believers live before an unbelieving world.  One of the primary ways believers testify about Christ is through living holy and godly lives.  Since God has prepared good works for each believer to walk in (Eph 2:10; Titus 2:14), they are to conduct themselves as children of light (Eph 5:8), thereby adorning the doctrine of God in every respect (Titus 2:10).  They are to live as aliens and strangers in this world, keeping their behavior excellent among unbelievers, in order that some might be led to Christ (1 Peter 2:11-12; 3:1-2).  For this reason, Christ requires that all believers let their light shine in such a way that men might see their good works and glorify the Father who is in heaven (Matt 5:16; cf. Phil 2:15). 

Through living holy lives in a godless age and building relationships with those without Christ, believers serve as powerful witnesses to the Good News of Jesus Christ.  Their sacrifice for others, commitment to integrity, meeting of needs, hatred of sin, and love for God provide affirming testimony of the saving power of God.

 

2. Evangelism Through our Words

Scripture makes it clear that the proclamation of the Gospel is essential to the salvation of the lost. As Paul writes, “How then shall they call upon Him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in Him whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher?” (Rom 10:14; cf. 1 Cor 1:20-25; James 1:18; 1 Peter 1:23). As God has ordained the end, He has also ordained the means, and that means is the communication of His Word, for “faith comes from hearing, and hearing by the word of Christ” (Rom 10:17).

The responsibility of proclaiming the Gospel to the nations falls on the shoulders of the church. God has ordained that every believer be engaged in faithfully communicating the Gospel and making disciples of the nations (Matt 28:19-20). In this ministry of reconciliation (2 Cor 5:19), believers have been commissioned to plead with sinners to repent of their sins and believe in Jesus (2 Cor 5:20). This divinely ordained role of serving as ambassadors for Christ (2 Cor 5:20) is not only a command but also a privilege. To neglect this stewardship is to refuse to join with Christ in His purpose of coming to earth: “to seek and to save that which was lost” (Luke 19:10).