The Exaltation of God through the Person & Work of Christ
To exalt God is central to the existence of the church. This means to exalt, prize, and honor God above all else. Essentially, to exalt God is to worship Him, which is the priority of the ministry of the church (1 Corinthians 6:19-20; Ephesians 3:21; 1 Peter 4:11; Revelation 4:11). “It is absolutely essential that a church perceive itself as an institution established for the glory of God.” (MacArthur, The Master’s Plan for the Church, p. 25)
The Edification of the Believer
Edification is to encourage Christ-likeness and fellowship among Christians. The primary way to encourage holiness is through the teaching of Scripture. The Great Commission states that disciples are made; they are to be taught all things that Christ has commanded. The primary way in which fellowship promotes edification is through the use of God-given spiritual gifts. It is through the interaction of the body of Christ and each believer exercising his spiritual gift for the benefit of the common good (1 Corinthians 12:7) that edifies the whole and gives God glory (Acts 2:42; 1 Corinthians 14:26; Colossians 1:28).
The Evangelization of the Lost
The Great Commission grants to the church the great responsibility and privilege of evangelizing the lost world. Evangelism is to proclaim the Gospel of our Lord to the whole world. This must be done clearly, accurately, consistently, and humbly. We must dependently and passionately pray for God to grant people repentance (Acts 1:8; Romans 1:14-16; 2 Timothy 4:5; Matthew 28:18-20).
The New Testament church gathered together primarily for the purpose of edification, and then scattered for the purpose of evangelism. The role of the corporate worship service is to nourish, build up, and train the saints so that they can go out and be effective witnesses. Therefore, the main focus of the worship service should be on strengthening and equipping Christians, not attracting and winning the lost, although the nonbeliever will be convicted by being there (1 Corinthians 14:24). However, that is not to say that there should never be an appeal to the unbeliever, but that the focus of worship should not be on the non-Christian.
- Global Mission: Jesus Christ is supremely glorious, which means that He is worthy to be proclaimed among the nations. It is not enough that we make much of Him here! Our desire is that Jesus Christ would be praised in every place. Therefore, we are actively involved in the global proclamation of the gospel. We financially partner with several mission works in both the USA and abroad. However, our partnership with these works for the cause of Christ is more than just a financial partnership. We strive to send teachers, leaders, and teams to wherever they can be the greatest encouragement for the cause of Christ.
- Local Mission: We believe that only hope for all mankind is the glorious gospel of Jesus Christ. Therefore, we are committed to proclaiming the good news of Jesus Christ both locally and globally. Here at Grace Bible Church, we encourage one another to love the gospel and to share the good news of Jesus Christ often. This might look like caring for a person in need, sharing the gospel with a neighbor or co-worker, or simply taking any and every opportunity that comes your way to show the compassion of Christ and share the gospel of Jesus Christ.
If you have any questions about the missionaries and ministries that Grace Bible Church supports, please contact the church office.