CONNECT with God through a personal relationship with Jesus Christ;
GROW in their relationship with God and with others;
SERVE the Body of Christ with their gifts and talents; and
GO to reach their world with the good news of Jesus!
We believe that God created man “in His own image.” (Genesis 1:27) Our primary purpose is to reflect the image and likeness of God to the world around us. However, because of sin, that reflection is broken and imperfect. (Romans 3:23) The only way that we can fulfill this purpose and experience a restored personal relationship with our heavenly Father is by accepting Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior. (Ephesians 2:13-19) Only then will we be free to proclaim God’s glory and express our love for Him.
Just as a healthy human child grows and develops into adulthood, a child of God must naturally grow in their knowledge and understanding of Jesus Christ and mature in their faith. The result of this growth is both personal and corporate. (Ephesians 4:11-14) The catalyst for spiritual growth is the work of the Holy Spirit in the life of the individual and through the Church. (Ephesians 3:16-17) As a believer grows, his resulting involvement in the life of the Church produces maturity in the Body of Christ. (Ephesians 4:15-16)
One of the primary indicators of spiritual growth is the exercise of one’s talents and gifts through service within the Church. God has uniquely gifted each believer to fulfill a particular role in the Body of Christ. Ministry to the Body helps it to grow and function as God intended. (1 Corinthians 12:4-27) Jesus Christ is our ultimate example of servanthood. As He washed His disciples’ feet, He instructed them to “do as I have done for you.” (John 13:15) We believe that God has called each of His children into active service.
As Jesus was preparing to return to His Father in heaven, He gave His followers one final command, to “make disciples.” (Matthew 28:19) As disciples of Jesus Christ, it is our privilege and responsibility to share the love of God with the world around us…those in our “Jerusalem (our own community), Judea (the area around us), Samaria (those nearby who are culturally different), and to the end of the earth.” (Acts 1:8) We do this by communicating the good news of Christ both in word and … equally important … through the way we live. Jesus said, “Let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.” (Matthew 5:16)