OUR DOCTRINAL STATEMENT
OUR STATEMENT OF PURPOSE
WE BELIEVE THAT THE CHURCH EXISTS FOR THE FOUR-FOLD PURPOSE OF:
EXALTATION, EDIFICATION, EVANGELISM AND EXTENSION.
“And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient the point of death, even death on a cross. Therefore also God highly exalted Him and bestowed on Him the name which is above every name that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow…and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord to the glory of God the Father.” Philippians 2:8-11.
The purpose of the Church begins with the recognition that we do not belong to ourselves, having been purchased by the blood of Jesus Christ, and that He alone is Lord. Enthroned with all authority, He is the Head of the Church, the One to whom entire allegiance is due. We thus should seek in all things to follow His will as revealed in Scriptures, and bring glory to His name. Ephesians 1:22-23; I Corinthians 1:17-19; I Peter 1:18 19.
“And He gave some as apostles, and some as prophets, and some as evangelists, and some as pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work of service, to the building up of the body of Christ; until we all attain the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of God, to a mature man, to the measure of stature which belongs to the fullness of Christ…”. Ephesians 4:11-16.
One of the primary goals of the church must be the life-transformation of each of its members. This requires a strong program of Bible teaching, and of training in discipleship and personal evangelism. Believers are to be committed one to another. The body of Christ is thus composed of interdependent members, each having received from the Holy Spirit gifts which are to be exercised for the building up of the whole body and for the bearing of one another’s spiritual and temporal burdens. We thus desire to encourage in one another the development and use of each other’s abilities, knowing that the whole body, as a harmonious structure knit together by that which every joint supplies, grows by the proper functioning of individual parts to its full maturity in love. Deuteronomy 6:1-2; Joshua 1:8; Acts 2:42-47; Acts 4:34-35; Romans 12:1-8; Hebrews 3:13; Hebrews 10:24-25; II Timothy 4:2-4; Titus 2:15; Titus 3:14; Galatians 6:1-2; I Corinthians 12:14-27.
“Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I command you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Matthew 28:19-20.
We accept this commission as a priority of the Church collectively and each believer individually, and it is our desire to share as widely and effectively as possible the Good News of God’s forgiveness in Christ. God equips and calls believers into a variety of vocations and ministries and within that context each person is to be a witness by word and deed to the Lord Jesus Christ. God offers His love to all without distinction, and is concerned that believers achieve their full potential in Christ. The proclamation of the Gospel should be accompanied by genuine love and concern for all, and for the whole person. Acts 1:8; Colossians 4:3-6; Mark 16:15; Matthew 5:13-16; Romans 10:14-17; Matthew 22:37-39; Ephesians 3:16-19; Ephesians 4:13.
“Then the King will say to those on His right, Come, you who are blessed of my Father, inherit the Kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the World. For I was hungry, and you gave me something to eat; I was thirsty and you gave Me drink, I was a stranger and you invited Me in; naked, and you clothed Me, I was sick and you visited Me; I was in prison and you came to me.” Matthew 25:34-36
In addition to the proclamation of the Gospel, the Church has been commissioned by Christ to extend to the world His own ministry of compassion and of prophetic protest against evil. The Church can never settle for its own comfort in a world racked by problems such as moral decay, and other social scourges that require solutions as revealed in Scripture. The Church is commanded to act as a conscience to the world by demonstrating the love and righteousness of God in both word and sacrificial deed. Luke 3:10-14; Luke 4:16-21; Acts 4:34-35; I Corinthians 10:4; Galatians 6:10; James 2:14-26; James 5:1-5; I John 3:16-24.