Fulfill The Great Commission (Matt 28:19-20)
We believe verse 20 is the key component of The Great Commission in Christian living, yet it is often the most overlooked. We will primarily focus on teaching the saints to obey the words of Christ. The high number of people who profess to follow Christ and have been baptized, yet whose lives look no different from non-believers is disturbing. We will fight the epidemic of emotional, feelings-based, easy-believism that is running rampant in modern Christianity misleading many to believe they are saved when, in fact, they have not biblically repented of their sins. Following Christ is a 24/7 lifestyle that must be ‘taught’ in order to be ‘learned’, so that it can be ‘practiced’ with a sincere heart of continual repentance.
“If you love me, obey my commandments” John 14:15
To get “Back to the Basics” of Christian Church Community
We seek to be basic and simple, yet refreshingly different, avoiding popular worldly church trends of today. The Church must Look, Feel, Taste and Act different if we’re going to be the salt and light of the world. (Matthew 5:13-16)
“We’re fooling ourselves if we think we’re going to follow Christ in this culture and blend in.” -David Platt
Discipleship First, Evangelism Second: It all starts with believers
You can’t take someone to a place you’ve never been yourself. Only disciples make other disciples. In order to make a disciple, you must first BE a disciple. Evangelism is the natural overflow/outpouring of actually being a disciple. The gathering of the saints in church should be meant for equipping the saints (discipleship) to evangelize the outside world, NOT trying to evangelize the outside world on a Sunday morning at the expense of the saints spiritual growth. Our job is to plant seeds and water, but only God can make the seed grow. (1 Cor 3:6-8).
But be intentional about evangelism:
“If sinners be damned, at least let them leap to Hell over our dead bodies. And if they perish, let them perish with our arms wrapped about their knees, imploring them to stay. If Hell must be filled, let it be filled in the teeth of our exertions, and let not one go unwarned and unprayed for.” -Charles Spurgeon
1) We will be a church that Learns Scripture…
”All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right.” 2 Tim 3:16
2) …So that we can Live Scripture…
”But don’t just listen to God’s word. You must do what it says. Otherwise, you are only fooling yourselves.” James 1:22
3) …So that we can Teach Scripture.
”Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age” Matt 28:20
Our Core Values:
1) A Church that Follows Christ Vigorously
“If any of you wants to be my follower, you must turn from your selfish ways, take up your cross daily, and follow me.” Luke 9:23
2) A Church that Worships Passionately
“You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.” Matt 22:37
3) A Church that Takes Accountability Seriously
“Pursue righteousness and a godly life, along with faith, love, perseverance, and gentleness.”-1 Tim 6:11, Matt 18:15-17, 1 Tim 5:20, 2 Thes 3:14-15, Titus 1:13, 1 Cor 5:10-13
4) A Church that Fears God Reverently
“Fear of the Lord is the foundation of true wisdom. All who obey his commandments will grow in wisdom.” Psalm 111:10
5) A Church Devoted to Prayer and Fasting
Matt 4:1-2, Acts 13:2-3, Mark 9:29
6) People that Love God’s Church
“For husbands, this means love your wives, just as Christ loved the church. He gave up his life for her to make her holy and clean, washed by the cleansing of God’s word. He did this to present her to himself as a glorious church without a spot or wrinkle or any other blemish. Instead, she will be holy and without fault.” Eph 5:25-27
7) A Church That Integrates Family and All Generations
2 Tim 1:5, Eph 6:1-4, Deut 6:6-7, Matt 19:14, Titus 2:1-5
8) A Church that will teach a Defense of the Faith.
“And if someone asks about your Christian hope, always be ready to explain it.” 1 Peter 3:15
9) A Church That Gives Lovingly and Sacrificially Out of Gratitude to Christ Who Gave His Life For the Church
“…It is more blessed to give than receive.” Acts 20:35
10) A Church that Shares Our Possessions.
Acts 4:32-35, Acts 2:44-45, 1 Tim 6:7, 1 John 3:17, Luke 3:11
11) A Church that will directly address the Social Issues of today.
Proverbs 31:8-9, Eph 5:11, Titus 1:10-13
12) A Church that is Elder-Led
Acts 14:23, Titus 1:5-9, James 5:14, 1 Tim 3:1-7
13) A Church of No Financial debt of any kind.
If the Lord doesn’t provide it, we don’t need it. We will not take financial matters out of the Lord’s hands and into our own.
14) A Church not concerned about attendance numbers or growth.
“God cares more about the sanctity of his people, than the size of his church” -David Platt
15) A Church void of Superficial Ploys to attract, entertain or entice people to attend Church.
God grows his church, not man. God saves souls, not man. God’s Spirit draws us to conviction and consequently-repentance (John 16:8), NOT man’s ploys. If we unapologetically obey his word and preach the full gospel, he’ll grow his church as He sees fit.