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Vision & Purpose

OUR VISION

Our vision is to grow warmer through fellowship, deeper through discipleship, stronger through worship, broader through ministry, and larger through evangelism. Our purpose is to fulfill the Great Commandment and the Great Commission.

The Great Commandment: "Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?" Jesus replied: "'Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.' This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: 'Love your neighbor as yourself.' All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments" (Matthew 22:36-40).

The Great Commission: “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age” (Matthew 28:19-20).

THE FIVE PURPOSES OF THE CHURCH

Purpose #1: Love the Lord with all your heart.
- The word that describes this purpose is worship.
- The church exists to worship God.
- Magnify: We celebrate God’s presence in worship.
- Acts 2:42-47: “They devoted themselves to… breaking of bread and prayers… praising God.”

Purpose #2: Love your neighbor as yourself.
- The word used to describe this purpose is service. The church exists to minister to people.
- Ministry: We demonstrate God’s love through service.
- Acts 2:42-47: “They gave to everyone as he had need."

Purpose #3: Go and make disciples.
- This purpose we call evangelism. The church exists to reach lost people for Christ.
- Mission: We communicate God’s Word through evangelism.
- Acts 2:42-47: “…added to their number daily those who were being saved.”

Purpose #4: Baptizing them.
- This purpose we call fellowship. The church exists to provide fellowship for believers.
- Membership: We incorporate God’s family into our fellowship.
- Acts 2:42-47: “…they devoted themselves to the fellowship… all the believers were together… they ate together.”

Purpose #5: Teaching them to obey.
- The word we commonly use to refer to this purpose is teaching.
- Maturity: We educate God’s people through discipleship.
- Acts 2:42-47: “They devoted themselves to the apostle’s teaching."

PURPOSE STATEMENT

Our purpose is to bring people to Jesus and membership in His family, developing them to Christ-like maturity, and equip them for their ministry in the church and life mission in the world, in order to magnify God’s name.

We bring people in, build them up, train them, and send them out. We bring them in as members, we build them up to maturity, we train them for ministry, and we send them out on mission, magnifying the Lord in the process.