Purpose and Mission
Our purpose is to...
WORSHIP - Give God first place.
EVANGELIZE - Communicate the Gospel to everyone.
DISCIPLE - Enable believers to develop Christlike character.
FELLOWSHIP - Belong to and care for the Church family.
MINISTER - Demonstrate Christlike love.
The Church has been established as a beacon to draw you to a relationship with God and His Son, Jesus Christ. Christ is able to transform your life so you see yourself through His eyes and through His sacrifice on the cross for your sins. When you realize you are a child of God, there is a new sense of freedom. You do not have to be a slave or in bondage to anything.
As you learn to trust God, you begin to apply this knowledge and live in contentment that God is in control. That means He controls everything -- nature, political systems, economics, and our human bodies. You will understand the value of your role in life, which is to fulfill the unique work God has designed for you.
As you become a follower of Christ, your desire to know what God says and how He operates creates a hunger and thirst for a closer relationship with God, and an insatiable appetite for understanding God's Word. Scripture, which is the full revealed Word of God, begins to take on new meaning. Paul the apostle taught that a Christ follower starts as a newborn needing the milk of the Word, but as a person grows and matures in faith, there is the desire for grown-up nutrition called the "meat" of the Word.
In addition, there is an ever increasing desire to talk to God one-on-one, which is the essence of prayer. Prayer creates depth and intimacy when you want a close relationship with God more than anything else in the world. You become what you love, and when you love the things of this world, you lower yourself to the level of those things. They should have value only as reminders of God's goodness.
You must not be shocked when God manifests Himself to you. His love is tender and He relates to you personally, unlike with anyone else. The Creator of the universe cares about you as an individual.
As you develop a heart after God, you will love and care for others more than you ever have. God may call you to be a person who prays or intercedes for others. This is a marvelous work empowered by the Holy Spirit.
Often people think bad things that happen are caused by God. The wickedness of this world is the real cause, but no matter what happens, you and everything that touches you are under His control if you are surrendered to Him. God has not promised to keep you from suffering or need. We have no promise of world peace, tranquility, security, or continuous financial well-being. However, we are promised security and "peace that passes understanding" of our souls, supernatural provision for every true need, and assurance that we will never have to beg for bread. David said in Psalm 34, "The angel of the Lord encamps around those that fear him [have awe of Him] and delivers them." He also said in Psalm 23, "I will fear no evil."
You may see people hoarding, saving up, fearful about the future. We know from prophetic Scriptures that there will continue to be apocalyptic events as God tries to get people's attention about impending judgement, as He did in Noah's lifetime. If we respond to life's happenings with a heart of trust, knowing the "eyes of the Lord are upon the righteous and His ear is open to their prayers" (Psalm 34:15 and I Peter 3:12), the disintegration of society, persecution, and hardship may touch our bodies, but it cannot touch our souls. No power in heaven or on earth can destroy a person's faith and confidence in Jesus Christ, because "God has not given us the spirit of fear, but of power, love and a sound mind" (II Timothy 1:7).
The Holy Spirit is gentle and kind. You want to be continually filled with the Spirit, especially in our times. Paul tells us to make this a priority, as the Holy Spirit guides and teaches us (if we are listening) in the midst of upheaval. He gives us supernatural strength, understanding, and discernment to know what to do and say (or not), and to identify truth versus lies (Ephesians 6:12).
The mission of the Church is to train and equip believers to be strong, wise, and alert prayer warriors in these turbulent times.