Our Mission and Core Values
About our Mission and How We Accomplish It
At Sovereign Grace Church our mission is "to bring about the obedience of faith in all nations for the sake of His name." Romans 1:5
It is truly our desire to see men and women in every nation, tribe, and tongue come to saving faith in Christ. We desire to help them grow in their faith and to carry out Christ's mission to seek and save those who are lost. The chief end of all of our efforts in this regard is the glory of Christ.
We attempt to clarify and accomplish our mission through 3 pathways:
- Delight in Christ.
- Develop in our maturity in Christ.
- Declare Christ.
We believe God does what He pleases (Psalm 115:3, 135:6) and that He is pleased to exalt Himself in all things (Isaiah 48:9-11). As His people, we seek to exalt Him in all that we do (Psalm 115:1), particularly in our worship. We believe that God not only requires us to worship Him (Luke 4:8), but also provides regulations for how we should worship Him (Deuteronomy 12:32). We believe God commands the church to worship Him through expositional preaching of the Word (2 Timothy 4:1,2), prayer (1 Timothy 2:1-3), doctrinally sound and culturally appropriate music (Colossians 3:16,17), and the administration of the ordinances (Matthew 28:18-20, 1 Corinthians 11:23-29).
We believe our new life is a result of our union with Jesus Christ (Romans 5:1, 2, 12-21), the only Mediator between God and Man (1 Timothy 2:5). We believe that all things were created through Jesus, for Jesus, and therefore are about Jesus (Colossians 1:15-20). Thus, the person and work of Jesus are central to all that we do as a church (1 Corinthians 15:3,4). We believe that the good news of Jesus must be faithfully proclaimed both to those who do not believe (that they might come to believe) and to those who do believe (that they might grow still more in their delight of God).
We believe the Spirit of God is the only effectual minister (1 Corinthians 2:12-16) and that we are completely dependent upon Him to bear any fruit in ministry (2 Corinthians 4:3-7). Therefore, we will continually employ the means He provides for effective ministry: continual prayer (1 Thessalonians 5:17) and proclamation of the Word (2 Timothy 4:1,2).
We believe God’s Word is both authoritative and sufficient for all of life and doctrine (2 Timothy 3:16,17). We believe it needs to be taught systematically and faithfully (2 Timothy 4:1,2). We believe we have nothing else to offer people that can bring about real life change, outside of His Word (Hebrews 4:12,13). Therefore, we believe all areas of ministry need to be saturated by the Word of God.
We believe all of Christ’s disciples are called to serve the local church. We believe that God has uniquely gifted and empowered each Christian for service (1 Corinthians 12). As each member does its part, the church is built up to maturity, grows in holiness, and the great commission is carried out (Ephesians 4:13-16).
We believe it is the church’s responsibility to train and send missionaries to plant churches among unengaged and unreached people groups. (Matthew 28:18-20; Romans 15:20; 2 Timothy 2:2). We also believe our church should always be praying for, encouraging, and equipping church leaders in under-resourced, under-equipped and persecuted churches (Matthew 9:38; James 2:15,16). We believe our church should be involved in local church planting, evangelism (Romans 10:5-21) and mercy ministries (Luke 12:33, 14:13; James 1:27).
We believe that there is a profound diversity in the body of Christ in areas of race, age, socioeconomic status, and spiritual maturity; yet there is a wonderful unity that comes from our shared faith in the gospel of Christ, not our common interests, hobbies or personalities (Romans 12; 1 Corinthians 12; Ephesians 2; 4; Galatians 3:25-29). Our culture is sadly segregated by race, socioeconomic status, and age, and we believe that it is a mistake to further segregate the church when we meet to worship (Ephesians 3:1-10). This means that intentional special interest groups (i.e. singles, college, young marrieds, or senior citizens) will not be our primary focus. This also means we do not desire to divide the congregation with worship services that target particular styles or tastes (i.e. contemporary, traditional, or youth). We desire that our corporate worship and small groups reflect the beautiful diversity of the family of God so that believers of all ages, walks of life, races, and spiritual maturity can develop relationships within the community (Luke 8:19-21; 1 Timothy 5:1-2; Titus 2:1-10). We encourage families to come to corporate worship together and we intentionally do not have our youth group meet during corporate worship.
Ministry that Preserves Liberty of Conscience
We believe that God "alone is the Lord of the conscience" (James 4:12, Romans 14:4, Galatians 5:1). As a result, we also believe that only those doctrines and commandments expressly taught in the Holy Scriptures or necessarily contained therein are binding on the Christian's conscience (Psalm 119:9, Matthew 28:20, 1 Corinthians 3:5, 2 Corinthians 1:24). To require obedience to man made rules or beliefs that are either not contained in or contrary to the Word of God is a violation of Christian liberty and thus an attempt to replace God as both lawgiver and judge (Matthew 15:9, Acts 4:19, 29, 1 Corinthians 7:23, James 4:12). As a consequence it is our express intent to faithfully uphold the freedom for which "Christ has set us free" (Galatians 2:4,5, 5:1). Therefore we do not seek to bind the consciences of one another about whether or not to watch TV, drink alcohol, dance, vaccinate our children, register with particular political parties or vote for specific candidates for office, use prescribed psychotropic medications, eat or abstain from certain foods, build a church facility, or any other "wisdom call" to which Scripture does not speak (Acts 10:9-15, Romans 14, Colossians 2:20-23, 1 Timothy 4:1-4). Likewise we do not prescribe which school option parents should choose for their children (i.e. homeschool, private Christian school, public school, etc.). Instead we encourage one another to prayerfully seek wisdom from the Lord and wise counsel from our brothers and sisters in Christ concerning these matters (Proverbs 12:15, 19:20,21,28:26, James 1:5-8). At the same time we are equally committed to warning against the perversion of Christian liberty as an excuse to unrepentantly cherish any sin or lust (Romans 6:1,2). Any such perversion is a misunderstanding of the intent of the grace of the gospel and of our union with Christ which gives us the freedom to serve the Lord and others "without fear, in holiness and righteousness before Him, all the days of our lives" (Galatians 5:13,14, Colossians 3:10, 2 Peter 2:18-22, 1 John 2:3-6, 3:4-10, 5:1-5).