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Our Purpose

Above all, our cry is to be "a people of His presence." In one sense, our only purpose is to know Him (Phil. 3:10).

Within the context of that pursuit, the purpose of our church has four aspects:

  1. To love God. (Worship)

  2. To love our neighbors as ourselves. (Servanthood)

  3. To grow together to maturity in Christ. (Discipleship)

  4. To reach the world for Jesus. (Mission)

This purpose statement gives us very clear direction. Every ministry in our church is based entirely upon this purpose. Everything we do revolves around it.

All our ministries exist for the four purposes of worship, servanthood, discipleship and mission (local evangelism and foreign missions). This is WiSDoM.

To Love God - Worship

To love God means to worship and exalt Him, and to proclaim and celebrate His lordship over all things. To love God means to serve Him. To love God means to know Him as our closest, most intimate friend. Jesus defined the Christian life in John 17:3 when He said, "This is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent." To love God also means to obey Him. Jesus said, "He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me" (John 14:21). So our love for God will be expressed in our love for His Word: to know His Word, to study it and to obey it.

To Love One Another - Servanthood

But if our love for God were only demonstrated in our personal lives with Him it would not be a true love, but a false, self-centered and self-serving love. Our love for God must be revealed in practical ways towards men. John wrote, "every one that loveth Him that begat loveth him also that is begotten of Him" (1 John 5:1). Because of His love God served us. If we know God's love then we will serve others also. We will serve those in the church and also those outside the church in the world. As Paul wrote, we will "do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith" (Gal. 6:10). This loving service must be in practical matters as well as in spiritual things (Jam. 2:15-16; 1 John 3:16-18).

To Grow Together to Maturity in Christ - Discipleship

So we can fulfill His purposes, God gave all of us gifts. Our gifts are not for ourselves; they are to benefit others and to accomplish the purposes of God. The body of Christ is built up "by that which every joint supplieth" (Eph. 4:16). As each of us grows in our gifts and callings we will play our part in the building up of the entire body of Christ. As each of us expresses His life within us we will experience a greater revelation of the Person of Jesus in His church.

So it is through the development of the gifts God has given us that our love for the body of Christ, as well as our love for God, are demonstrated.

To Reach the World for Jesus - Mission

The final element of our vision statement is "to reach the world for Jesus." We are all part of the worldwide body of Christ that Jesus has commissioned to "make disciples of all nations" (Matt. 28:19).

Obedience to the Great Commission, both locally and on foreign fields, is the fulfilling of our love for God and our love for others. If we love Jesus then we will obey this clear commandment of His. Our love for Him and our desire for His glory will motivate us to be a part of this most awesome of undertakings: the proclamation of Kingdom of God and the lordship of Jesus Christ across the planet!

Furthermore, if we have found life and liberty in Jesus Christ then our desire will be that others may come into the Kingdom of God, fully submitted to the lordship of Jesus in their lives, and released from the dominion of the powers of darkness. What higher evidence of our love for others could there be than this?

And if we truly love others we will not be satisfied just with leading them to know the Lord savingly, but we will go on to fully obey Jesus' commandment in Matthew 28:19-20, and we will see to it that they are discipled. Then they will able to find and fulfill God's world-wide purpose for their lives and play their part in the great eternal plan of God, as they seek to love God, to love one another, to grow together to their full potential in Christ, to reach the world for Jesus!