Shaped by the gospel, and for God's glory, we are a family of disciple-making worshipers.
Shaped by the gospel - We want to be a gospel-shaped people. The gospel shows us our desperate need, as rebellious sinners, for a gracious Savior. It shows us that we can never be good enough to earn God's acceptance or approval; we cannot save ourselves. Yet while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. He took our place in receiving the punishment we deserve, and He did so in love. In the gospel we find that we are far worse sinners than we know, but we are also far more loved by God than we could ever imagine. These fundamental truths shape us; we need constant reminders of them because we're so prone to forget, prone to fall back into pride and slavery to sin, rather than living as free people of the King. The gospel humbles us and fills us with love for our Savior; thus motivating our joyful obedience. It gives us extraordinary hope that, through faith in the work of Jesus, we are destined for eternal bliss in the presence of our Lord. (Romans 3:10-18, 3:23, 5:1-11; Ephesians 2:1-10; Revelation 21-22)
And for God's glory - God's glory is His beauty, His excellence, His praiseworthiness, His splendor – all that is glorious about God, which is everything. The Spirit's work in us, and the gift of God's Word, help us see and believe that God is supremely glorious, and in seeing that, we are in awe of Him, we adore Him, we love Him. Out of hearts captivated by God, we long for His glory to be known throughout the world, among all whose eyes are blind to that glory. Our desire is that everyone made in His image would experience the joy of living the lives they were made for – living not for their own glory, but for the glory of God. (Psalm 19, 24:6-10, 36:7-9, 57:5; Isaiah 42:5-9, 43:7; 2 Corinthians 4:4-6)
We are a family - A church is not just like any other organization: we're family, brothers and sisters for all eternity. The Christian life is not meant to be lived alone, but in close-knit community, in family relationships, which happens in the context of commitment to a local church. We have a responsibility not just to believe that we're a family, but to live like a family – loving one another, serving one another, bearing each other's burdens. Though we may have many differences, we are one in Christ, and God's glory shines through our being united in our diversity. (Acts 2:42-47; Romans 12:10-13; Ephesians 2:19; 1 Corinthians 12; Hebrews 10:24-25)
Of disciple-making - We're called to follow the commission that was first given to the apostles: making disciples of all nations and teaching the ways of Christ. This entails both evangelism of the lost and ongoing discipleship of one another. We're to love and serve those who don't know Christ, sharing the gospel and living as our King's ambassadors; we also teach and encourage one another toward growth in the Lord. Following the lifestyle Jesus modeled in His time on earth, we invest ourselves in the lives of others, meeting everyone – believer and unbeliever – where they are with the hope of the gospel, caring both about spiritual needs and physical needs and seeking to meet those needs as we can. The gospel gives us hope, so we desire for it to go forth and bring that powerful, life-giving hope to all who desperately need it. (Matthew 28:18-20; Mark 1:32-34; Luke 10:25-37; Acts 20:35; Romans 1:16; 2 Corinthians 5:20; Colossians 3:16; 1 Peter 2:9)
Worshipers - Everything we do is to be done in worship, in awe-filled adoration. God has not simply given us a list of duties to fulfill; He's given us new hearts that love Him and desire the things He desires. In our family living, in our disciple-making, and in everything we do, we are worshipers of the living God – the Creator and Sustainer of all, who deserves every ounce of worship we can give. We are prone to idolatry, worshiping created things rather than the Creator, but by God's grace we live as a forgiven people, a changed people, and we strive after pure devotion to our Lord and Savior, the God of all glory. (Ezekiel 11:19-20; Luke 4:8; John 4:23; 1 Corinthians 10:31; Hebrews 12:28-29, 13:15)