Why We Exist
As a local church we exist to do three things: We exist to bring praise and glory to God. We try to conform all of our life to God’s Word, the Bible, so that we will be pleasing to Him. We want our great God to be seen for who He really is. We exist to build each other up in our faith by meeting together for fellowship and for the study of the Bible. All of our interaction as a church is designed to help and encourage each other to be the kind of people God wants us to be. We exist to bring the good news of God’s salvation from sin to a world that is lost in sin. As the apostle Paul said, “Now then, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were pleading through us: we implore you on Christ’s behalf, be reconciled to God (2 Corinthians 5:20).
God’s free gift of eternal life cannot be deserved nor earned by our good works. “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast” (Ephesians 2:8-9). This is because... All of us are sinners by nature and by choice. “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). This is serious because of what the Bible says about God: God is holy and righteous and therefore must punish sin. “The Lord is slow to anger and great in power, and will not at all acquit the wicked” (Nahum 1:3). But God is also loving and merciful. “For You, Lord, are good, and ready to forgive, and abundant in mercy to all those who call upon You” (Psalm 86:5). Jesus Christ who is fully God as well as fully man died on the Cross as a substitute payment for our sins. Then on the third day after His crucifixion He arose from the dead to show God’s justice was satisfied. “...God was manifested in the flesh...” (1 Timothy 3:16). “For Christ also suffered once for sins, the just for the unjust, that He might bring us to God...” (1 Peter 3:18). God’s gift of eternal life is received by personally trusting Christ alone as your Savior from sin. “...If you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved” (Romans 10:9).