We seek to Know Christ Jesus Together through...
We believe the primary way God has ordained the local church to know Jesus Christ is through the regular preaching of the Word of God. Preaching is the Holy Spirit empowered proclamation of the good news of Jesus Christ (the gospel) from the Scriptures to all people. In the early days of the church, it was through a sermon preached by the Apostle Peter that people heard the gospel and were, "cut to the heart," (Acts 2:37). We continue in this practice of preaching the gospel, which the Apostle Paul called, "the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes," (Romans 1:16). As we preach the whole counsel of the Word of God, we strive to lift up the name of Jesus Christ. "And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved," (Acts 4:12).
When we approach the Bible in preaching or in personal study, questions arise and explanations are needed. This is how we approach teaching, further explaining things in and about the Bible. Our ultimate goal in teaching is for people to reach maturity in Christ. "Him we proclaim, warning everyone and teaching everyone with all wisdom, that we may present everyone mature in Christ," (Colossians 1:28). Our ultimate foundation in teaching is the Scriptures. "All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness," (2 Timothy 3:16). Our ultimate subject in teaching is Jesus Christ and his gospel. "In him you also, when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and believed in him, were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit," (Ephesians 1:13).
We have various opportunities to sit under teaching in our church:
This directly follows our Sunday morning service and is meant to provide teaching relevant for all ages of the family. There are various types of classes throughout the year for adults, meant to teach through parts of the Bible and show how the Bible applies to our lives. These classes function as our Sunday School classes.
WEDNESDAY NIGHT BIBLE STUDY
This weekly Bible study is typically a systematic study through a particular book of the Bible. There are various classes offered for all ages of the family. Wednesday night service begins at 7:00.
OTHER TEACHING OPPORTUNITIES
Occasionally, we offer additional elective style classes concentrating on various subjects, books, biblical themes, etc.
At a basic level, we would define discipleship as the living out of one's faith in Jesus Christ. Thus, all aspects of the Christian life and involvement in a local church are incorporated in discipleship. However, in light of the call for all believers to mature in Christ (Col 1:28; Eph 4:13), we recognize there is a need for small group and personal relationships to assist in this growth. We don't approach discipleship as a program, but rather seek to create a culture of discipleship in our church. Life Groups, other group ministries, and mentoring relationships are all meant to be opportunities to encourage real growth in Christ.