We believe that the fundamental need of individuals is spiritual in nature. Our lives do not cohere without meaning in life. Nothing is more important than institutions that provide a belief in this. The greatest institution to meet these needs is the church. The church is not the invention of man, but of God. He has established the local church and He promises to work in and through it to accomplish His purpose.
The church is the only institution that does not have to invent or create its principles of operation. They are given to us in the Word of God. Every church seeks to live by and live for five Biblical principles.
Magnify and Worship
First, we are committed to worshipping and magnifying God. The church is called to worship and glorify God. In Acts 2:47 we read that the first churches devoted themselves to “praising God”. The main purpose of the church is to exalt and worship God. In worship we declare the worth and value of God.
Missions and Evangelism
Secondly, we are committed to missions and evangelism. Every church and individual Christian must take up the commission of Christ in Matthew 28:18-20. We are called by Christ to share the gospel with every person, locally and globally.
Thirdly, we are committed to the local church. God makes promises to the local church. He promises to work in and through it. In Matthew 16 Jesus promises that the church will be a prevailing church; it will succeed in its mission. We encourage you to commit yourself to a local church and to seeking the growth of the kingdom in and through its endeavors.
Ministry and Small Groups
Fourth, we are committed to each other. God works in individual lives not solely through His Word and Spirit, but through the ministry of other believers. In the Scriptures we are given over fifty “one-another commands”. We are called to love one another, pray for one another, bear one another’s burden’s, be hospitable toward one another, etc. In addition to this God has gifted each of us to minister to others in unique ways. Grace Covenant Church provides a forum for personal ministry in its small groups.
Maturity and Education
Lastly, we are committed to the Christian lifeview and lifestyle. Ephesians 1:17 encourages us to grow in our knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ. We desire to take every thought captive to Christ and live a life worthy of the calling to which he has called us. Our educational venues provide opportunity for growth in our understanding of God, ourselves and the world.
Grace Covenant Church seeks to fulfill each of these five principles in a Biblical and balanced way. Our purpose statement tells us why we exist and it is written in such a way as to be memorizable and quickly remind us of these principles that we work toward.
Our purpose statement is:
Grace Covenant Church exists to glorify and cherish God by being a gospel-centered church with a great commitment to the great commandment and the great commission.
(Great commandment = Matthew 22:34-40, Great commission = Matthew 28:18-20)
Each of the five principles is found in this purpose statement:
Grace Covenant Church exists to glorify and cherish God (Magnify) by being a gospel-centered church with a great commitment (Membership) to the great commandment (Magnify and Ministry) and the great commission (Missions and Maturity).