We want our Church to be a community whose members corporately and individually put into effect the priority of God, God’s Family, and God’s work in the world while realizing this is a Biblical mandate and our expressions of it are not fixed but are a growing process as we are lead by the Holy Spirit. (Romans 12:1-2)
We want a dynamic relationship with the Lord and His Word.
We participate in joining together to celebrate and to worsip the Lord through preaching, singing, Communion, baptism, giving, prayer, testimony, praise, and sharing the Lord’s Word and His works. (1 Chronicles 16:27-29)
We believe that it is a Scriptural to train Believers.
We participate in the process of equipping and educating Believers (children, youth, and adults) for the work of ministry through Bible studies, small groups, Sunday School classes, fellowship activities, and training experiences (Ephesians 4:11-13). We participate in the ministry of overseeing and caring for one another through encouragement and counsel in order to present every person complete in Christ.
We want a dynamic relationship with nonbelievers.
We participate in outreach to our community and world through relationships We pray for God to open up doors for the Good News of Salvation to be expressed and experienced in a realistic, relational, and responsible manner. (Matthew 28:19-20)
The Scriptural Basis for the (above) Statement of Ministry:
“To be active disciples of Christ by attracting and leading the unsaved to Jesus …”
Matthew 28:19–20 (NKJV) — 19 Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen.
Acts 1:8 (NKJV) — 8 But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”
“… challenging all Christians to dedicate themselves to the ministry.”
Romans 12:1–2 (NKJV) — 1 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. 2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.
“… and to stimulate an atmosphere for Christian maturity that results in Spirit-filled Believers reaching out to others.”
Ephesians 4:11–13 (NKJV) — 11 And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, 12 for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ, 13 till we all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ;
“… and a powerful ministry serving our area and beyond.”
Matthew 9:35–38 (NKJV) — 35 Then Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every sickness and every disease among the people. 36 But when He saw the multitudes, He was moved with compassion for them, because they were weary and scattered, like sheep having no shepherd. 37 Then He said to His disciples, “The harvest truly is plentiful, but the laborers are few. 38 Therefore pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest.”
The Personality of this Statement of Ministry
This purpose has a personality that has been, is, and will continually be reflected in this Body of Believers. Within this statement there are words that describe the atmosphere that we desire at Church” words that point to Christ as the Head of the Church are also intentionally used in our Statement of Ministry.
A. The Atmosphere of the Church
- We want to be a growing Church.
- We want to be a magnetic Church. Right after Jesus gave us the Beatitudes in Matthew 5, He made two interesting statements concerning Christians. He said, “You are the salt of the earth” (v. 13) and “You are the light of the world” (v. 14). Jesus’ expectation of our lives is that we should be a preservative to our society. We ought also to be light on the path of darkened, troubled world. We become beautiful when our attitude toward Christ, others, and ourselves is right. An attitude is nothing more than “an outward expression of an inward feeling.” When we are inwardly attractive we become an outwardly beautiful demonstration of love to those around us.
- We want to be an encouraging Church. Hebrews 10:25 states that we are not to “give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but … encourage one another – and all the more as you see the Day approaching.”
- We want to be a Church with multiple ministries – “a dynamic ministry serving …” To minister is to reach out and meet needs. Jesus taught us that the highest form of ministry is service to others. We do injustice to the word ministry by restricting its use to pastors or full-time ordained ministers. The importance of “lay ministry” is demonstrated in Matthew 26:6-13. A woman came, poured perfume on Jesus, and expressed her devotion to Him. Others complained about the cost of the perfume – evidence that they did not understand that ministry to others is more important than cost or status (for she was a lowly woman). Jesus was so touched by her ministry to Him that He declared, “Wherever this Gospel is preached throughout the world, what she has done will also be told in memory of her.” (v. 13)
B. The Attitude of the Church
- Reach the lost for Christ. “For the Son of Man came to seek and to save what was lost.” (Luke 19:10)
- Preach (and live) the doctrine of entire sanctification. “For God did not call us to be impure, but to live a holy life.” (1 Thessalonians 4:7)1 Thessalonians 5:23 (NKJV) — 23 Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely; and may your whole spirit, soul, and body be preserved blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.
1 Thessalonians 4:3–4 (NKJV) — 3 For this is the will of God, your sanctification: that you should abstain from sexual immorality; 4 that each of you should know how to possess his own vessel in sanctification and honor,
- Equip Believers for a dynamic ministry (Ephesians 4)
C. The Achievement of the Church
- Disciple Believers in God’s Word. A disciple of Christ is one who loves and obeys the Lord’s teachings.
- Send others into full-time Christian service. (Acts 13) We are involved in missionaries who are ministering around the world.
- Provide a climate for spiritual growth. The only thing beautiful about our Church is Jesus. When He comes, lives are changed, hurts are healed, and joy is received.
- Grow a great Church in our area for God’s glory!