Vision

Vision and Values

VISION: We exist for the proclamation of the Gospel of God in Christ, for the transformation of the people of God, and for the glory of God in all things.

The proclamation of the Gospel of God in Christ:
In this world that tells us we ought to live for ourselves, we realize the Bible tells us to think differently: For we do not preach ourselves but Jesus Christ as Lord (2 Cor 4:5). We want the Gospel to shape everything we do: how we live, how we function as a church, and how we relate to one another. This is because we are infinitely grateful for God's work in our lives through the work of His Son: For God, who said, Light shall shine out of darkness,is the One who has shone in our hearts to give the Light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ (2 Cor 4:6).

The transformation of the people of God:
Being a Christian is active and dynamic, not stagnant and boring. When God transforms a person's life through conversion, He takes the person from darkness to light (John 5:24). Even after conversion, He uses His Word by His Spirit to continually shape and transform us so that our thoughts, behavior and character undergo a constant transformation into the image of Christ (Rom 12:2; 2 Cor 3:18; Rom 8:28-29).

The glory of God in all things:
This is our primary goal: that God would be glorified in our lives, our church, and the world. We think this must be the best goal to have, since it is the goal of the Bible also: Whether, then, you eat or drink or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God (1 Cor 10:31).

VALUES:

1. We look to the inspired, inerrant, infallible, yet understandable Word of God, the Bible, as our sole and sufficient authority for doctrine and living (2 Tim 3:16-17).

2. We seek, by God's grace, to disciple God's people in the faith, and train them for the work of the ministry (Eph 4:11-16).

3. We are committed to proclaiming the true, biblical Gospel both near and far (Acts 1:8; Mark

4. We uphold the importance of expositional preaching and teaching of God's Word, as the church is always being shaped and challenged according to the Word of God (2 Tim 4:2).

5. We seek to have corporate worship of God that is thoroughly biblical as well as deeply joyful; God-centered, not man-centered (Ps 34:1-3).

6. We uphold a regenerate church membership (Acts 2:41-47). Covenantal care and church discipline are parts of this membership (Matt 18:15-20; Gal 6:1).

7. We are committed to a godly and biblical leadership, with lay ministry teams utilizing their spiritual gifts to carry out many aspects of the work of ministry (Eph 4:11-12; 1 Pet 4:10).

8. We understand prayer to be the joyous and necessary means by which we recognize and pursue God's glory, acknowledge His goodness and favor, lift up one another in love, and seek the salvation of the lost (Jer 33:3).

9. We are committed to establishing and strengthening God-honoring marriages and families that display the beauty of Christ's relationship with His church and bring children up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord (Eph 5:22-6:4). God's design for marriage is the monogamous and life-long relationship between one man and one woman (Gen 2:24; Mal 2:16; Matt 19:6).

10. We seek to magnify the mercy and grace of God and His Gospel by compassionate help of the poor and defenseless in societies both near and far, by generous giving to local and foreign missionary efforts, and by raising up, sending out, and supporting missionaries from this church body to unreached peoples (Matt 5:16; 28:19-20).

11. We are a neighborhood church in the Lanexa community; therefore, we seek to know and care for the needs of people in this particular community.

12. We are committed to provide a place of worship and spiritual instruction that is safe, attractive, and honoring to God as a light to the community (Matt 5:14).