We are committed to Exalting God, Edifying believers, and Engaging the Community. These three priorities are what we believe the Bible teaches as the guiding objectives for the church.
Exalting the Lord should be the chief end of all that the church is and does (Ephesians 1:6,12,14). The glory of God is displayed in His exalted Son Jesus Christ who is the foundation and head of the church (Ephesians 3:21; Philippians 1:9-11). God has created man to enjoy the worship of Him through Christ in all of life, valuing Him and His glory above all else (Matthew 22:37; 1 Corinthians 10:31).
True worship in spirit and truth (John 4:34) flows from a proper understanding and knowledge of who God is and what He has done (Jeremiah 9:23-24) and is not only expressed in praise and adoration, but also in a church life that overflows into ministry to one another and to the world.
EDIFYING THE CHURCH
The building-up and edifying of the church in the life of the Spirit of Christ is the inward focus of the church (Ephesians 4:13; Colossians 1:28-29). When Jesus gave the Great Commission in Matthew 28:19-20, He instructed His followers to make other followers of Christ who are committed to the life of the church.
A disciple of Jesus Christ is one who follows Jesus through His teaching and His word, having been regenerated by His Spirit, and acknowledging Him as the Master of his life. All Christians are disciples; all are to be obedient to Christ in all things (Acts 11:26, cf. Acts 4:32 & 6:2;6:7, 9:26; 14:21-22).
The church is to pursue a constant abiding in the Word (John 8:31-32), loving relationships with one another (John 13:34-35), and every opportunity for bearing fruit (John 15:7-8).
The Bible recognizes differing functions and giftedness, though every believer is to be involved in the life and ministry of the church in every way possible (1 Peter 4:10).
ENGAGING THE COMMUNITY
The church is to glorify God in its primary mandate toward the world in making disciples - to be the instrument to bring others into a redeemed relationship with their Creator. This mandate includes the proclamation of the Word of God and living as the unique people of God who adorn the gospel with holy, obedient, and loving lives.
To support this mandate, the church needs to treasure and worship God and love one another within the church in ways that are apparent to a watching world (cf. John 13:34-35). While the church fulfills its role of building up believers in their valuing of God and Christ-likeness, it also equips and encourages the body to proclaim the Lord's excellencies to those outside. Christ makes the outward focus clear by His commands in the various "commission" passages (Matthew 28:19-20; Mark 16:15; Luke 24:46-48; John 20:21; Acts 1:8) in which the church is to be the instrument to bring others into a redeemed relationship with their Creator.
The primary means for redeeming those alienated from God is through the proclamation of the Word of God through people who adorn the gospel with holy, obedient lives. The Word in all its fullness is to be applied to all areas of life of believers, who are in contact with the world, with the final end of pointing others to repent and acknowledge God and glorify Him (Matthew 5:16, 1 Peter 2:12; 3:1).