SOLA CHURCH EXISTS FOR THE GLORY OF GOD
& THE ADVANCE OF THE GOSPEL
FROM OUR NEIGHBORHOODS UNTO THE NATIONS
Our Mission is to equip and build up followers of Jesus to grow in grace and the knowledge of Christ and to be sent out into the world to make disciples of Jesus.
Our Vision is to magnify Christ by trusting in what he has done for us and growing in our affections for him, leading us to obey him as our Lord by going into all the world to make disciples, and joyfully seeking the good of our community in the power of the Holy Spirit.
Our Values are born out of a desire to focus most clearly on who God has called us to be and what he has called us to do. We want to keep what is central to God central to our own hearts as individuals and as a church. In light of this truth, and in light of what the Bible teaches, we desire the following values to shape all of our ministries as a church.
Because we believe that man’s chief end is to glorify God and enjoy Him forever, our desire is to keep God central in all that we do as a church. We want to enjoy making much of God, not ourselves. Since God, Himself is the greatest joy and treasure we believe that as we make much of Him, we will be filled with joy and able to glorify him with every fiber of our being. (Isa. 43:6-7, 1 Cor. 10:31, 2 Cor. 3:18)
Because we believe the gospel not only brings spiritually dead sinners from death to life but also empowers new followers of Jesus to grow in the grace and knowledge of Christ, we desire the gospel to continue to influence our Church as we together grow in Christlikeness. This means that in our preaching, teaching, singing, praying, counseling, and any other ministries to one another we will strive to proclaim the truths of the gospel to fellow believers of what Christ has done for us. Declaring that our identity is found in Christ and the Spirit who gave us life, empowers us to live Christlike lives. All the while, anticipating the eternal inheritance that awaits us when we stand face to face with our God. (Rom. 1:16, 3:21-26, 8:1-2, 1 Cor. 15:3-4, 2 Pet. 3:18)
Because we believe that the Bible is the inerrant, infallible, trustworthy, sufficient, clear and authoritative revelation of God to mankind, we desire to have lives that are led by and submitted to the Scriptures as well as all of our ministries as a church. We want to keep central what the Bible says is central and allow God’s word to shape our priorities. (Matt. 4:4, 1 Tim. 4:13, 2 Tim. 3:16, 2 Pet. 1:20-21)
Because we recognize that we are totally dependent on the One who created us, we desire to be a people who are marked by earnest and consistent prayer for God to be at work in us, our church, our neighborhoods, and in our world. As we do this, we want to humbly show that we are dependent on God’s grace and mercy, and he gets the glory. (Matt. 21:22, Phil. 4:6, Col. 4:2, 1 Thes. 5:17, Jam. 5:6)
Because we believe that God calls spiritual leaders to serve the Church and has established the role of elders in the Church who are to lead, feed, and shepherd the flock of God, we desire to be a people who joyfully submit to biblically qualified elders who lead with humility, faith, and joy to build up the body of Christ. (2 Cor. 1:24, Eph. 4:11-16, 1 Thes. 5:12-13, Heb. 13:17, 1 Pet. 5:1-5)
Because we believe it is the responsibility of the Church to obey the command to go and make disciples, and that this includes helping one another grow in the knowledge of God and in obedience to his word, we desire to focus all of our ministries around the aim of leading all followers of Jesus to maturity where they will be ever-growing to lives of faith, hope, love, wisdom, knowledge, and grace. (Matt. 28:18-20, John 17:3, Col. 1:9-10, 1 Tim. 4:12, 2 Pet. 1:5-8)
Because we believe that when God saves people he makes them part of a body of people who represent him, display his glory, and facilitate their growth in Christlikeness, and because we believe that as God’s family, we belong to one another in relationships of love and mutual accountability, we desire to take covenant church membership seriously. Identifying those who belong to Christ and encouraging one another to regularly repent of sin and to live spirit-empowered lives of holiness. While within this covenant of membership, we desire to be a church that is marked by humble, servant-hearted care for one another as we build each other up in faith. (John 13:35, Acts 2:44-47, 20:28; Rom. 13:8, Gal. 6:2, Eph. 1:22, 3:8-10, 4:15-16, 1 Thes. 5:11, 1 Tim. 3:15, 1 Pet. 2:9-10)
Because we believe that God has called us together as a local church in this specific community at this specific time, we desire to be faithful to reach out to our community in South Kennewick and the surrounding area with the hope of the gospel and in the love of Christ. We desire to see this happen through courageous witness and practical care that displays the supreme value of Jesus Christ in the everyday rhythms of life. Jesus is completely worthy since he was slain and by his blood ransomed a people for God from every tribe, language, people, and nation, so we desire to preach and teach in such a way as to trumpet the call for God’s glory in the gospel to be spread from our neighborhood unto the nations and to dedicate resources (both financially as well as people) to accomplish this great commission. (Matt. 24:14, 28:18-20, Acts 1:8, 2 Cor. 4:5-6, 1 Pet. 2:9, Rev. 4:11, 5:9-12, 7:9-10)