We exist to glorify God through evangelism,
baptism, and teaching.
Why do we exist?
In The Westminster Shorter Catechism, we find the question, "What is the chief end of man?" And the response is, "Man’s chief end is to glorify God and to enjoy Him forever." Our primary responsibility is to ensure that we are bringing glory to God. (Romans 11:36; 1 Corinthians 10:31; Revelation 4:11) As a church we do this through evangelism, baptism, and teaching. (Matthew 28:19-20)
How do we glorify God through evangelism?
Our primary responsibility is to bring glory to God, and one of the ways we do that in the context of the local church is by reaching out to those around us with the hope of the good news of Jesus Christ. (Matthew 28:19) We must take every opportunity to make disciples of all nations, revealing to them this God who is worthy of all glory.
How do we glorify God through baptism?
After we have made a commitment to follow Jesus, we bring glory to God by being baptized. Baptism shows the world that we have been made new. (Romans 6:4) As directed by Jesus, we administer baptism in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. (Matthew 28:19)
How do we glorify God through teaching?
As the early church "...devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching..." (Acts 2:42), so we must create an environment where the Word of God is taught. We do this through preaching and teaching, Sunday school, and Bible studies.
We are committed to seeing believers actively involved
in sharing the message of Christ.
What does being "actively involved" look like?
Our ideal would be to fill every seat in the church. But we do not simply want to fill the seats for the sake of filling seats. We want people to be actively involved in the church and in their personal lives in sharing Christ. We want people making the effort to reach out to those around them with the hope of Christ and the gospel. Christianity isn't a "sit back in your seat" religion; it is where people share the wonder and glory of Jesus.
With whom do we share the salvation message?
At the Chapel, Jesus is a big deal. We want to make much of Jesus, preach Jesus, speak of Jesus--with everyone. This is not a limited realm in which this vision is given. We are called to make much of Jesus wherever we are and to anyone we come in contact with. This means that, within our immediate context and abroad, we are to be involved in sharing Christ with all people.
Why We Do What We Do
We value Christ
We believe Christ to be the hope of the world, the Head of the Church, and is to be emulated by the believer in Christ.
We value Spiritual Depth
We seek to have spiritual roots that sink down deep, and seek to develop integrity of character, a dedication to knowing and loving Christ, and a desire to engage in the things of God and the church.
We value Discipleship
We believe that every Christian should be helping unbelievers become believers by showing them Christ, helping other believers grow in maturity in Christ, and seeking to get help for themselves from others.
We value the Bible
We believe the Bible to be the final authority in all matters of faith and practice, and the key to spiritual growth and effectiveness.
What Guides What We Do and How We Do It
To clearly understand and constantly embrace that we are a new creation in Christ, and to live from that reality. (2 Corinthians 5:17; Galatians 2:20)
To root beliefs and convictions upon the Scriptures, with breadth of understanding and sound interpretation. (2 Timothy 2:15; 3:16-17)
To accurately teach and preach the gospel of Jesus Christ, and to have every believer in Christ understand and appreciate the gospel so as to be able to live out the gospel in their daily lives. (Romans 1:16; 5:1; 8:1; 1 Corinthians 2:1-5; 15:3-8; Ephesians 2:1-10; 1 Timothy 1:10-11)
To get people reaching outside of themselves to those around them with the hope of the gospel. (Matthew 28:19-20; Acts 1:8)
To develop the reality of the Holy Spirit’s presence and strength in the daily life of the believer. (Galatians 5:16-25; Ephesians 3:14-19)
To have each individual experience genuine relationship, grace, respect, compassion and growth as part of the Body of Christ. (Acts 2:42-47)