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â€śGlorifying God, Growing Together, Going to the Nations.â€ť
This statement reflects who we are, who we are becoming (glorifying, growing, going indicate activities in progress) and who we want to be.
â€śGlorifying Godâ€ť reflects the Bibleâ€™s teaching on why we were created. It is summarized in the answer to the first question of the Westminster Shorter Catechism: The chief end of man is to glorify God and to enjoy him forever. We seek to be God-centered in everything we do. This is especially true in our worship. God is our focus, God is our audience in worship. We exalt his greatness, while recognizing our lowliness and our need for him. We read Godâ€™s Word and preach expository sermons from Godâ€™s Word because in it Godâ€™s glory is revealed. We sing hymns, psalms and spiritual songs that exalt God, not man. Since God does all things for his own glory, so we seek his glory in everything.
â€śGrowing Togetherâ€ť encompasses a number of things about us. First, it expresses the biblical truth that we grow as Christians only when we grow â€świth all the saintsâ€ť (Eph. 3:18). The Christian life, though including a personal walk, is primarily a life in community. We grow together as a corporate body of believers. Thus, we grow as we study Godâ€™s Word together. But fellowship together is also vital to our growth. Acts 2 describes the early Christians as daily eating together. Christians cannot grow to maturity apart from a life lived together, with the joys, struggles, encouragements, hurts, wrongs, forgiveness and reconciliation that that entails. As a church, we are growing together, and we can only grow to maturity as we are together. We praise God for the numerical growth that God has brought to our church. But more important is our spiritual growth and our recognition of the importance of community.
â€śGoing to the nationsâ€ť reflects Jesusâ€™ final earthly command to his church: â€śGo therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded youâ€ť (Matthew 28:19-20). We are a missions-minded church with a growing missions budget and active missions and outreach committees. We support missionaries and missions agencies both locally and around the worldâ€”in places like Honduras, Germany, Africa and Japan. But our desire is to grow in our commitment to missionsâ€”not only as a missions-supporting church, but also as a missions-sending church. We desire that God will give us a greater vision and zeal to fulfill the Great Commission.
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May you know more and more the blessings of Godâ€™s grace in Jesus Christ.
Primary Speaker: Dr. William BarcleyDr. Bill Barcley came to Sovereign Grace church in 2007, after six years as Professor of New Testament at Reformed Theological Seminary in Jackson, Mississippi. The last year and a half he served RTS as Academic Dean. He also served from 2003-2006 as Pastor... | more..