We exist to bring glory to God through the gospel of Jesus Christ flowing into and out of His people
A mission statement is meant to answer the question, what is our purpose? We find our purpose in God’s purpose, because he is the Sovereign creator and ruler of the universe. The purpose of God is the manifestation of his own glory, and we see this glory most clearly in the gospel of Jesus Christ (2 Cor 4:4-6). Because the gospel of Jesus Christ is at the center of God’s redemptive plan, we want the gospel to be at the center of everything we do. The mission of the New Testament Church is unchanging and universal. Jesus gave clear instruction that his gospel would advance in this age through the Church making disciples (Mt 28:19). A disciple is simply a person who has been reconciled to God through faith in the gospel of Jesus Christ, and who subsequently grows in love for God and others. But it doesn’t stop there. Faith leads to love in action. The gospel comes into our lives for the purpose of flowing out of our lives for the sake of making disciples to the glory of God.
The gospel is the good news of God making His name great by saving sinners. Because of sin, all mankind is separated from God and deserving of his eternal wrath. The Gospel is the story of God’s redemption of a fallen people by sending his son Jesus Christ to pay the wrath-absorbing penalty for sin. Through faith in the person and work of Christ on our behalf, sinners receive reconciliation with God and the infinite and eternal privilege of enjoying and glorifying God because of what he has accomplished. In other words, because of God we get to be with God. This is the message that transforms everything about us, and we want everything we do as a church to proceed from and be grounded in the gospel.
Our conviction is that the gospel is not simply the grace of God that saved us, but that it is also the grace that continues to transform us. God is renewing His image in us, and his grace sustains us and propels us forward in a life of growing delight in Him. Therefore, we believe that the life of a disciple is one of continual dependence on God’s grace in the gospel. Our aim is that we would not only continue to grow in our understanding of the gospel, but that we would treasure Christ above everything else.
The gospel transforms not only who we are but also what we do. God has made his purpose clear in that we are to be messengers of reconciliation to a lost world (2 Cor 5:17-21). We are not saved in order that we may enjoy God in the comfort of our security while neglecting the brokenness around us. Rather, we are saved to be sent. We desire to see the gospel thrive not only in our own lives but in the lives of others, and that means boldly entering into spaces where it is not currently thriving to bring the message of reconciliation with God and see hearts, lives, communities, and nations transformed by the power of God in the gospel.