Our Message: The Gospel
The good news is that, though we are naturally enemies of God from birth and want to seize the authority that belongs only to him, he does not treat us as we deserve. He gives us grace. In fact, he is the source of every good thing we experience in this life—from the sun he made to warm the earth to the air we breathe. All of this demonstrates God’s good will toward man, but it cannot reconcile us. So God gives us more grace: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him” (John 3:16-17). That is good news!
Our Mission: Discipleship
We are committed to making disciples in obedience to the great commission of the Lord Jesus: “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age” (Matthew 28:18-20). All followers of Christ should be engaged in making disciples. To make disciples is to seek the conversion of the lost and the nurture of the body of Christ. Another way of stating this mission is that the goal of the Church’s ministry is to cultivate worship, which is man’s reason for existence.
Our Mandate: Worship
We are committed to a biblical worship. As the Westminster Shorter Catechism states, “Man’s chief end is to glorify God, and to enjoy him forever.” There is nothing greater than God. He is greatest not only in power and authority but also in beauty and excellence. It is God alone who is worthy of our worship. It is both our greatest pleasure and our greatest duty to worship God.
The creation demonstrates clearly God’s eternal power and divine nature (Romans 1:19-20), but the Bible is by far the place where God reveals himself most clearly. If we are to “see” God it will be in his word, as we “taste and see that the Lord is good” (Psalm 34:8). That is why we believe that the Bible gives the substance for our worship as well as giving it direction. We “sing the word, pray the word, read the word, preach the word, and receive the word tangibly” in the sacraments.
Our Method: Expository Preaching
We are committed to the expository preaching of Scripture—that is, the clear explanation of what God’s word says and the personal application of that word to God’s people. We are committed to preaching the whole counsel of God contained in the books of the Bible for the building up of the people of God.
We believe that any power in preaching comes from God and his word, not from the preaching. It is the word of God that is “living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart. And no creature is hidden from his sight, but all are naked and exposed to the eyes of him to whom we must give account” (Hebrews 4:12-13).
Our Mindset: A Biblical Worldview
We are committed to a biblical worldview. We want to think Christianly about all of life. How we answer the questions “How did we get here?” (Creation), “What went wrong?” (Fall), “What is the solution?” (Redemption), and “Where are we going?” (Consummation) makes a world of difference in how we approach all of life.