The purpose of this local church is to glorify God (c.f. Eph. 3:9-10; Gal. 6:14). We love to say it in the manner, “We exist to know, enjoy, and to display the Glory of the risen Christ and His Cross; and to declare His Glory to all nations.”
A vision serves to help people to see what a purpose fulfilled may look like. The following vision statement describes three looks: What we envision knowing and enjoying God’s Glory looks like; What we envision displaying God’s Glory looks like; and What we envision declaring God’s Glory looks like. Being empowered by God’s Spirit, we aim to be scripturally devotional, relational, and missional people.
1. Scripturally Devotional – Loving God. A local church with a similar devotion to that of the early Church as written in Acts 2:42 including devotion to the Apostle’s teaching (preaching and Bible Study), the fellowship (sharing), the breaking of bread (including the Lord’s Supper), and the prayers, to the end that souls may be saved, baptized, added to the church, and mobilized for missions to promote the worship of God throughout the world.
2. Scripturally Relational – Loving Each Other. A local church that has Gospel-functioning lives which display similar characteristics of God like in Exodus 34:6-7 which include mercy, grace, being slow to anger, loving, faithful, forgiving, and just. In context of the church community, this means each member dies to selfishness and lives for the good of others, like Jesus who died on the Cross for us (c.f. Philippians 2:1-8).
3. Scripturally Missional – Loving The Lost Peoples Of The World. A local church that has a similar missionary mindset to that of the Apostle Paul as written in Acts 16 who glorified God in his circumstances to the end that three-types of individuals were positively impacted by the Gospel of Jesus Christ: worshipers of God, those oppressed by demons, and those overcome with anxiety. Being truly missional means proclaiming, locally and globally, Jesus Christ as Creator, Lord, Redeemer, and Judge; our standard of success, as a church, shall always be measured by that test of proclamation.