We are called to be a church where growing, committed followers of Jesus submit to spiritual formation into the likeness of Christ, demonstrate a lifestyle of worship, live in community, and reach out to others
“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind. And, love your neighbor as yourself.” (Luke 10:27)
Worship is our response to who God is and what He has done for us. God’s purpose in the world is to redeem a people to be His very own and to share His love with his creation. Our purpose is to return that love to God by worshiping Him 24 hours a day and 7 days a week. Jesus said that God is seeking worshippers who will worship Him in spirit and in truth (John 4:23). We worship God by the power of the Holy Spirit, based on the Truth that, while we were dead in sin, Jesus Christ made us right with God through His death, burial and resurrection.
Matthew records some of the last words of Jesus just before his ascension, “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…” Luke also records some of the last words of Jesus in Acts 1:8: “and you will be my witnesses…to the ends of the earth.” Our mission is broader than telling people the Good News about Jesus. We are also called to BE the Good News. We therefore have a mission to the poor and to the hurting in our community. We pursue justice for the oppressed, food for the hungry, clothing for the naked, housing for the homeless, and caring for the sick.
One of the last things Jesus did on this earth was pray for His disciples and for all of us who would believe in Him through their message. He prayed, “My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who believe in me through their message, that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you.” (John 17:20-21) In fact, Jesus prayed that all believers would be brought to complete unity. Jesus wants us to “Make every effort to preserve the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.” (Ephesians 4:3) This means that we should seek and pursue unity within our body and with other groups of believers who have a devotion to Jesus, as do we.
One of the goals of the body of Christ is to help every member “become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ” (Ephesians 4:13). Maturity in Christ involves distinguishing between right and wrong (Hebrews 5:14 – 6:2), growing in grace and knowledge of Christ (2 Pet 3:18), and being compelled by the love of Christ (2 Corinthians 5:14) for the sake of serving others. Ultimately, the goal of every Christian is to be transformed into the image of Christ. God calls church leaders to “prepare [equip] God’s people for works of service” (Ephesians 4:11-12), and to “spur one another on toward love and good deeds” (Hebrews 10:24).