Philosophy of Ministry

  Philosophy of Ministry  
    The Purpose of the Church
  •      The church exists for the purpose of exalting God in worship (John 4:23-24). All things are from God, through God, and to God, and exist to acknowledge and reflect His glory (Rom. 11:33-36; 1 Cor. 10:31; Col. 1:16); this is true for all of creation (Ps. 19:1-6; Is. 6:3), and especially true of redeemed humanity (1 Pet. 4:11; Rev. 5:13). Worship involves acknowledging the Triune Godhead revealed in Scripture as the only true God (John 5:39; 17:3; 1 Cor. 8:6), manifested, supremely, in the Lord Jesus Christ (John 1:14; Col. 1:15; 2:9; Heb. 1:1-3), who alone is worthy of all praise, adoration, affection, and obedience (Rev. 4:5-11; 5:9-14). The expression of this worship is manifested in thankfulness, giving, prayer, submission, service, obedience, and the corporate pursuit of holiness.

         The church exist for the purpose of edifying the saints (1 Cor. 14:3, 5, 12, 26; Eph. 4:12) and building them up in their most holy faith until all reach spiritual maturity (Eph. 4:13, 15; 1 Cor. 2:6; Phil. 3:15; Col. 1:28-29; Heb. 5:12-6:2), which is manifest by conformity to the Person of the Lord Jesus Christ (Rom. 8:29; Eph. 4:13; Col. 3:10-11). The means of edification is the ministry of the Word of God (Ps. 19:7-9; John 17:17; Eph. 4:11-15; 1 Tim. 4:13-16; 2 Tim. 3:26-27; 4:1-5), corporate fellowship (Heb. 10:27). The motivation of edification is love (John 15:9-12; Eph. 4:16, 5:1-2).

         The church exists for the purpose of evangelizing the lost (Matt. 28:18-20). Evangelism was at the heart of the mission of the Lord Jesus Christ (Mark 2:17; Luke 19:10), the early church, and is the command and desire of the church on earth.