We believe that it is important to be deliberate in everything we do. What is the purpose behind this ministry, or that activity, or that gathering? Therefore, we have established what we call our mission or strategy for accomplishing the eternal purposes of Evangelism, Fellowship, Worship, Discipleship, Ministry, and Love.
Our Statement of Purpose
Our church exists to connect people to Jesus, to grow in His teachings and to live the cause.
Our strategy is founded in three key words: CONNECT – GROW – LIVE
Connect to God [evangelism of the lost]
We believe that Jesus cared deeply for the destinies of people. He didn’t come for political reasons as the Jews hoped, but he came to save the people from their sins (Matthew 1:21). When Jesus ascended to heaven, he left his disciples with a command not an option. Reaching the lost is a matter of life vs. death and will be an extremely important part of our existence as it was to Jesus.
Mark 2:17 English Standard Version (ESV) 17And when Jesus heard it, he said to them, Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. I came not to call the righteous, but sinners.
Connect to God + each other [fellowship]
We believe true Biblical fellowship is centered upon the accountability of the Word of God in answering the practical questions of life. Often, you saw believers gathering together in the N.T. to study the Word of God, encourage each other, sing together, and eat together (Acts 2:42-47). In a day when authentic relationships are so necessary for spiritual success, we will attempt to facilitate this need in a variety of ways always with the foundation of Biblical principles at the forefront.
Acts 2:42 English Standard Version (ESV) 42And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers.”
Grow in His word [discipleship]
We believe that every Christian is on a spiritual journey, and it is our responsibility to encourage and facilitate growth to the next level whatever it might be. The key idea is as an individual becomes more Christ-like (Philippians 2:5-11) he will become more of a follower of Jesus Christ. Discipleship is measured in a combination of knowledge and wisdom lived out in holiness, compassion, and service.
John 15:5-8 English Standard Version (ESV) 5I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing. 6If anyone does not abide in Me he is thrown away like a branch and withers; and the branches are gathered, thrown into the fire, and burned. 7If you abide in Me, and my words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. 8 By this my Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit and so prove to be my disciples.”
Grow in obedience [worship]
We believe that in everything we do it is to worship Jesus Christ. Our words, our actions, our choices, our plans, our dreams, our relationships, and everything in between is for His own glory. The passion of our hearts should be that of John the Baptist when he said, “He must become greater, and I must become less” in John 3:30 (NIV).
Romans 12:1-2 English Standard Version (ESV) 1 I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. 2 Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.”
Live to give [service + love]
We believe that the heart of Jesus was to come and to “minister and give His life” (Mark 10:45). Therefore, it is our goal to take every opportunity to serve our great God, our needy community, and our beloved family in Christ. As the body of Christ, our individual personalities, talents, and gifts are necessary for the totality ministry (1 Cor. 12:20-27).
2 Corinthians 8:5 English Standard Version (ESV) 5And this, not as we expected, but they gave themselves first to the Lord and then by the will of God to us.”