We have been called together as the bride of Christ to minister to our Lord, “offering up spiritual sacrifices that are made acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.” (1 Peter 2:5) We are committed to the worship of the one true and living God through the ministry of our Lord Jesus who stands before the Father on our behalf. Whether preaching, teaching, praying, playing, singing, giving or devoting our attention to God’s Word in corporate worship or simply serving in ministry throughout the week, we endeavor to offer ourselves as living sacrifices, “holy and pleasing to God--this is our spiritual service of worship.” (Romans 12:1)
We have been called together as the bride of Christ to learn of our Lord through attention to His Word. The entire testimony of Scripture proclaims that Jesus is the Cornerstone upon which true life is built. He is the precious Son of God, chosen by Him to raise up to eternal life all those who believe in Him. (1 Peter 2:6) We are committed to serious study and application of God’s Word. Until our Lord’s return, we will give our attention to the proclamation of Scripture, to exhortation, and instruction. (1 Timothy 4:13)
We have been called together as the bride of Christ to care for and encourage one another in the knowledge that we are “a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession …” (1 Peter 2:9a) What a privilege it is to be part of the body of Christ! What an opportunity we have to build one another up in brotherly love. We are equally committed to the regular gathering of God’s people outside of corporate worship on Sunday morning for the purpose of providing accountability, member care, mutual nurture in our walk with Christ, and prayerful support such that the body of Christ may remain “rooted and built up in Him, strengthened in the faith … and overflowing with thankfulness.” (Colossians 2:7)
We have been called together as the bride of Christ to declare God’s great love for the world that whoever believes in Him might not perish but have everlasting life. (John 3:16) He claimed us as “his own possession” that we might “proclaim the excellencies of Him, Who called us out of darkness into his marvelous light.” (1 Peter 2:9b) His desire is that many more would come to know the hope we have: “Once you were not a people, but now you are God's people; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.” (1 Peter 2:10) We are committed to the declaration of this Good News in our city, our country and throughout the world.