I was so excited to start this series at church yesterday. It is somewhat different from what I normally do, since it is more topical in nature. But I thought we were at a good point in the life of our church that we take some time to discuss what kind of church we are. I want everyone in our community to become crystal clear on who we are as a church. We began yesterday by looking at our Mission Statement:
We exist to Glorify God by leading people to KNOW Jesus, GROW into His likeness, and GO make Him known to others.
Our ultimate goal is to give glory to God. In all things. At all times. In every interaction. Glory to God. It is our primary objective every Sunday to pull back the curtain that we might all rejoice over the glory of God. It is not about any person. It is not about a pastor. It is not about doing things to attract people. It is about revealing God to those that are here and then trust God to expand the church.
Now, we feel we do that by accomplishing three things: First, By Leading People To KNOW Jesus. We want to introduce people to Jesus Christ. After all, He came to dwell among us, revealing the glory of God (John 1:14). We want to talk about Jesus more than any person. More than any topic. More than any sports team. More than any business. More than any actor. more than anyone or anything. Why? Because God has highly exalted Him and said that at the name of Jesus, every knee will bow (Phil. 2:9-10).
The second way we can glorify God is By Leading People To GROW Into His Likeness. It might sound strange, but I really do not want our church to be a place where someone can feel comfortable never growing in their faith. I want them to move from milk to meat.
The third way we can glorify God is By Leading People To GO Make Him Known. It has been the calling of the church from the beginning of church to take the message of Jesus to a lost and dying world. It started in Acts 2 and has progressed throughout the world to us today.
That's our church. This is the rudder that hopefully guides our church. If you want to listen to the entire message, you can find it HERE.