We believe in the five biblical purposes defined by our congregation found in the Great Commandment (Matthew 22:37-40) and the Great Commission (Matthew 28:19-20).
"Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind…Love your neighbor as yourself. All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments." ~Matthew 22: 37-40
“Go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.” ~Matthew 28: 19-20
Five purposes of the church
1. Love the Lord with all your heart (Worship)—The church exists to worship God.
2. Teach them to obey (Discipleship)—The church exists to develop people to spiritual maturity.
3. Baptize them (Fellowship)—The church exists to provide fellowship and support to believers.
4. Love your neighbor as yourself (Ministry)—The church exists to bring God’s kingdom to reality through social action and social service.
5. Go and make disciples (Evangelism)—The church exists to communicate Godʹs Word.
STATEMENT OF OUR FAITH
We believe in God, the Eternal Spirit, who is made known to us in Jesus our brother, and to whose deeds we testify:
God calls the worlds into being, creates humankind in the divine image, and sets before us the ways of life and death.
God seeks in holy love to save all people from aimlessness and sin. God judges all nations and all humanity by that will of righteousness declared through prophets and apostles.
In Jesus Christ, the man of Nazareth, our crucified and risen Lord, God has come to us and shared our common lot, conquering sin and death and reconciling the whole creation to its Creator.
God bestows upon us the Holy Spirit, creating and renewing the Church of Jesus Christ, binding in covenant faithful people of all ages, tongues and races.
God calls us into the Church to accept the cost and joy of discipleship, to be servants in the service of the whole human family, to proclaim the gospel to all the world and resist the powers of evil, to share in Christ’s baptism and eat at his table,to join him in his passion and victory.
God promises to all who trust in the gospel forgiveness of sins and fullness of grace, courage in the struggle for justice and peace, the presence of the Holy Spirit in trial and rejoicing, and eternal life in that kingdom which has no end.