Our Ministry Philosophy

“And they continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in prayers.  Then fear came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were done through the apostles.  Now all who believed were together, had all things in common, sold their possessions and goods, and divided them among all, as anyone had need.  So continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house they ate their food with gladness and simplicity of heart, praising God and having favor with all the people.  And the Lord added to the church daily those who were being saved”.   Acts 2:42-47

God’s word clearly defines our purpose and our philosophy.  We desire to be a kingdom church, preaching and teaching sound biblical doctrine, communicating with God through corporate and private prayers and by honoring God through worship, fellowship, and missions.

Kingdom Church – We recognize we are simply a local expression of a global body.  We desire to create events, environments, and educational opportunities for all ages pointing them to the work of God’s kingdom and how they can play a part.  We function under the idea of uniting with other ministries locally and globally to see the gospel move forward.  We do not believe that the gospel begins or ends with us but we do recognize God has a plan for each one of us.  With a kingdom focus, God is at the center of what we do rather than any one person represented in this body.

Doctrine – In Acts 2:42 the Bible teaches that those that were added to the church were placed under the apostles doctrine.  What was the Apostles doctrine?  The Apostles doctrine is the infallible Word of God.  We desire to present the whole council of
God’s word. (Acts 20-27).  God desires that His children worship Him in spirit and truth (John 4:23).  Doctrine is vital to a growing community of believers because it is God’s direct word for our lives (Timothy 3:16-17).

Prayer – God desires to have an intimate relationship with His children.  Through the death burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ the veil of separation has been torn and we have direct access to the King of Kings and Lord of Lords!  God desires that we pray corporately and privately in an effort to stay connected to His will and pleasure for our lives (Mark 11:24).

Fellowship – “…And the second is like it:  you shall love your neighbor as yourself”, (Matthew 22:39).  Christ left us with two commandments, love God and love people.  Fellowship is our outward expression of the love we have for God. This is not limited to meal times, but to life as a whole.  We are to carry one another’s burdens (Galatians 6:2), rejoice with those that rejoice and mourn with those that mourn, and ultimately live in harmony with one another (Romans 12:15-16).

Worship – We are to worship our Father in Spirit and in truth (John 4:24).  Worship is our answer to who God is and what He does for us.  Worship is not limited to the songs we sing but to the life we live.  Worship is our act of transformation by the renewing of our minds through the reading of the Word of God (Romans 12:2).

Missions – The first picture of missions we saw was the sacrifice of possessions, time, and resources to the benefit of all God’s people.   Missions is evangelism or the spreading of the Gospel.  We are not to worship, fellowship, pray, or indulge in doctrine, so we can keep these things to ourselves.  God desires we take these elements to the world.  When we keep these elements in balance our ultimate desire will be missions (Matthew 28:19-20).