We are Disciples
As disciples (John 15:8 ), we are growing in the grace and knowledge of our Lord, Jesus Christ (2 Peter 3:18 ). As God conforms us to the image of His Son (Romans 8:29-30 ), this inward change manifests itself in visible ways (Galatians 5:22-24 ). We work with the assurance that God will create the fruit for His glory (Philippians 2:12-13 ).
We are Family
As family (Romans 8:16-17 ), God calls us to show love to one another (1 Peter 1:22). We are devoted to one another (Hebrews 10:24-25 ), using our unique gifts to serve and love one another (Romans 12:3-13 ). We abandon our selfish ambitions and consider others, just as Christ did for us (Philippians 2:1-10 ). We pursue such unity because we know it is Christ’s desire for His church (John 17:20-21 ).
We are Worshippers
As worshippers (Revelation 15:4 ), our only appropriate response to God’s mercy is to offer our entire lives to Him with thankfulness (Romans 12:1 ). By dwelling on who God is (Psalm 86:8-10 ) and what Christ has done for us (1 John 4:10 ), we respond with gratitude both in our everyday actions and when we corporately gather (Colossians 3:15-17 ). We know our worship is received by God, not by our efforts, but because of the work of Christ on our behalf (Hebrews 10:19-22 ).
We are Servants
As servants (Luke 17:10 ), we do not have an authority of our own, but recognize Christ’s headship (Ephesians 5:23 ) as seen through the authority of the scriptures (1 Thessalonians 2:13 ). This means we submit ourselves to the Word — Old and New Testament — in our lives (2 Timothy 3:16-17 ), in the structure of our church (Hebrews 13:17 ) as well as her calling to develop leaders for the church (2 Timothy 2:2 ). Though we are sinful and weak, we have confidence that He will advance His church (Matthew 16:18 ).
We are Witnesses
As witnesses (Acts 1:8 ), we participate in God’s redeeming work (2 Corinthians 5:20-21 ) by proclaiming the gospel message that leads to salvation (Romans 10:14-15 ) in the context of loving actions (1 John 3:18 ). Together, are salt and light (Matthew 5:13-14 ) as well as helping establish and encourage other churches in our region and throughout the world (Matthew 28:19-20 ). We pursue this with joy and anticipation, knowing God’s glorious mission is the worship of every tribe, tongue, people and nation (Revelation 5:9 ).