The goal of this vision is to bring glory to God by presenting Jesus Christ with as many Christ-like disciples as we possibly can before he returns.
We value every person whether they are Christian or Pre-Christian. We value one another’s feelings and personalities. We act with respect and Christian love towards each person. We are earnestly striving to remove from our lives gossip, slander, pride, jealousy, criticalness and racism. We invite you to join with us in this process of becoming more Christ-like.
We believe that God is the Creator and Sustainer of all, and that He has revealed Himself to all mankind to be the living and true God, perfect in love and righteous in all His ways. God, by His word, created the world out of nothing. God made man and woman in His own image, as the crown of creation. We were created to have fellowship with Him. In our rebellion towards God, we became estranged from our Maker, yet still responsible to Him, thus becoming subject to divine judgment. God’s love for us was so great that He sent His only son, Jesus Christ, to enable us to be restored into a right relationship with Him.
God has disclosed Himself through creation, His written Word and Jesus Christ, the incarnate Word of God. Jesus Christ is the Lord of life, the Lord over the Church, and in fact, Lord of the entire world. Jesus Christ then, is the central focus of our life and faith. Jesus Christ is the only Mediator between God and humankind, who, being conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary, fully shared our humanity and lived a life of perfect obedience. By His substitutionary death, He revealed God’s love, removing our guilt and reconciling us to God. He rose bodily from the grave, victorious over death and the forces of darkness. He ascended to heaven, and sitting at God’s right hand, He intercedes for His people and rules as Lord of all.
We are encouraged and persuaded by the leading of the Holy Spirit to give our life to God through His only Son, Jesus Christ. This relationship with God the Father, Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit has called and led us into God’s ministry in His church. The Holy Spirit has gifted each Christian with his spiritual gifts for the building up of the body and the carrying out of the church’s mission.
The mission of the church is to carry on the ministry and work of our Lord Jesus Christ. We understand that mission to be two-fold. (1) Evangelism: The bringing of people into a saving faith centered on the substitutionary death of Jesus Christ on the cross, and (2) Social Action: Which is our call to be light, leaven and salt in our world. We are called to be steadfast to His word and to be God’s people speaking out against sin and corruption. We are called to speak out for hope, justice and redemption from sin. This ministry and work of Christ is lived in both word and deed. So as Christ’s body, dispersed in the world, we are called to be the witnessing and serving people of God in the world until He comes again. We believe that Jesus has called us to continue preaching good news to the poor, to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind and the release of the oppressed and to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.
We believe that the Bible is God’s Holy and inspired Word. We are a Christ-centered Bible-believing church striving to know, understand and live out God’s directions to us through His Word.
Our purpose biblically comes from The Great Commandment found in Matthew 22:37-40. “Jesus replied, ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind’. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’”
And the Great Commission found in Matthew 28:19-20. “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.”
Purpose #1:Love the Lord with all your heart. The word that describes this is Worship. The church exists to worship God. Matthew 4:10 says, “Worship the Lord your God, and serve Him only.” This is our first and most important purpose, to love and worship the Lord.
Purpose #2:Love your neighbor as yourself. The word that describes this is Ministry. The church exists to minister to people, meeting their needs and healing their hurts. The church is to minister to all kinds of needs, spiritual, emotional, relational, and physical. Ephesians 4:12 says “to prepare (or equip) God’s people for works of service” The church then is to equip the saints for the work of ministry which is the greatest act of love we could do for another person.
Purpose #3:Go and make disciples. The word to describe this is Evangelism. The church exists to communicate God’s word and love. We are Ambassadors for Jesus Christ, and our mission is to evangelize the world. The word ‘go’ in the Great Commission literally is translated, “as you are going.” It is every Christian’s responsibility to share the Good News that they have received where ever they go in order to help people grow in their faith walk in Christ.. This is what it means for a church to make disciples.
Purpose #4:Baptizing them. In the Great Commission there are three present participle verbs, going, baptizing, and teaching. Each of these is part of the commandment, ‘to make disciples’. They are essential elements of the disciple making process. Why is baptism so important? We are baptized into the family of God, engrafted into the universal faith family of God and into a particular fellowship of a local Church. Our baptism symbolizes our fellowship. We as Christians are called to belong not just believe. It’s God’s design that we are to belong to and become members of God’s family. Baptism symbolizes to the world our new life in Christ. It also says to the world that this person is now one of us.
Purpose #5: Teaching them to obey. The word we use to define this is Discipleship. The church exists to educate God’s people in the Christian faith and lifestyle revealed to us through His Holy Word, the Bible. Discipleship is the process of helping people become more like Jesus in their thoughts, feelings and actions.
We exist to introduce people to Jesus Christ and help them make a commitment to His Kingdom. To develop them into Christ-like maturity, and to equip them for their ministry in church life and mission in the world, in order to glorify God's holy name with their whole being.