A Congregation of the Presbyterian Church in America
OUR MISSION STATEMENT
Our purpose is to establish and build a church that is pleasing to God.
It is our conviction that what is pleasing to God is necessarily driven by and the consequence of believing and trusting the gospel of Jesus Christ our Lord.
In that regard, our vision for the success of the church may be expressed in our sense of purpose.
Our purpose first and foremost is to be a gospel-driven church. The gospel is the good news to fallen men, and the only hope of redemption in this world. It is what Christ has done for us rather than what we can do for Him. It is simply that Christ died for our sins, according to the Scriptures, was buried, and rose again on the third day, according to the Scriptures, for our justification.
Our affirmation of the truth and unique character of the gospel of Jesus Christ leads us to a desire to offer proper worship to God. Proper worship is necessarily about what is pleasing to God rather than what is attractive to men. Mindful that men have a sinful tendency to corrupt proper worship, we must be diligent and discerning in our effort to worship God in Spirit and in truth.
The ongoing application of thebenefits of the gospel of Jesus Christ by God the Holy Spirit is called sanctification. The responsibility and challenge of the Church is to faithfully administer the ordained means of grace and to do everything necessary to see that the sanctification process is facilitated in each member of the church.
To be sanctified is both a matter of being set apart to serve God and a process by which believers progressively reflect the character of Christ through the fruit of the Holy Spirit. The manner in which we understand and apply the gospel, offer proper worship, and support the work of sanctification must continually be evaluated to determine if the church is pleasing to its Head and King, Jesus Christ.
The standard by which the Church determines what is pleasing to Christ is the Bible. The inerrant, infallible, and all-sufficient Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments are given by God to man to inform him of what pleases Him and what duty He requires.
What is pleasing to God is often counter-cultural and seldom pleasing to man.