White Rock Vision Statement
OUR VISION STATEMENT
We are a, Christ centered,Spirit led, God serving, Bible believing, worshipping, praying, tithing, loving Church joyfully covenanted together to present Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior to the farthest reaches of our influence.
This says that the church is a corporate identity, a family, a community. We are more than a collection of individuals. Together we are an expression of the will of God. (Ephesians. 4.1-6)
Jesus Christ is our example (John 13.15); our teacher (John 14.26); our intercessor (Hebrews 4.14-16); our Savior (Second Corinthians 5.16-19). He is the unique Son of God and we evaluate our actions by the standard of his life and words.
The Holy Spirit is the personal manifestation of God that abides in the heart of the believer (Romans 5.1-5) The Spirit is our guide and instructor, reminding us of Jesus' teachings (John 14.26). As we allow ourselves to be led by the Spirit, the characteristics or "fruit" of the Spirit are visible in the church fellowship (Galatians 5.16, 22-23).
The Lord God is the creator of all that is-the earth, the sky, the seas and all the creatures that inhabit them (Genesis 1-2). He made all people and is the sovereign ruler of all (Psalm 24). We acknowledge God as our Heavenly Father and strive to be obedient to His voice.
The Bible (consisting of the Old Testament-the Hebrew Scriptures-and the New Testament-the Christian Scriptures) is the authoritative word of God that establishes our faith and determines our conduct. We accept the Bible as the inspired word of God revealed to human beings. We study and submit ourselves to the Word of God (Second Timothy 3.16; Hebrews 4.12; Second Peter 1.20-21).
We promise to attend regularly the Worship of God. Worship is the corporate experience of praising God. We celebrate who God is, what God has done for us individually, as a community and as a people. We confess our unworthiness of God 's blessings and our shortcomings. We commit ourselves to supporting one another in carrying out God's commission for the church (Psalm 103; Hebrews 10.19-25).
We pray for the enabling power of God. Prayer is intimate communication with God. It is a spiritual discipline taught by Jesus to his disciples (Matthew 6.5-15). In prayer we acknowledge who God is (Psalm 150), confess our sins (First John 1.9), give God thanks for His blessings (First Thessalonians 56.16 18) and offer petitions for others and ourselves (Philippians 4.6).
We commit ourselves to consecrate the wealth of God by giving our tithes and offerings. We "contribute cheerfully and regularly to the support of the ministry, the expenses of the church, the relief of the poor and the spread of the Gospel though all nations (Micah 3.10; First Chronicles 29.14; Second Samuel 24.24)
God first loved us and loved us while we were rebelling against Him (John 3.16; Romans 5.6-8). Jesus commanded his disciples to love each other as he loved us (First John 4.21). The love is the quality that identifies us to the world (John 13.34-35). We cannot claim to love God if we do not love others (First John 4.10-12).
Joy is the theme word of our church.
We have been called together by God. God initiated the relationship where he promises himself to us.
To Present Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior to the farthest reaches of our influence:
We share the love of God with our family friends, neighbors, coworkers, classmates, etc. (Mathew 28.19-20).
Our Church theme:
A great door for effectual service is opened unto us and there are many adversaries (First Corinthians 16:9). And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me (John 12:32). I will give unto the Lord nothing less than my best. Joy! We are one in the Lord.
A great door for effectual service is opened unto us and there are many adversaries.
(First Corinthians 16:9) God is calling the church to serve him by our involvement in the world. The opportunities for effective service are great, but they are not without hazards, perils and adversaries (Ephesians 6.12).
And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me.
(JOHN 12:32) We cannot overcome these physical and spiritual opponents in our own strength but we can through the power of Jesus Christ. His death and resurrection signaled the defeat of all powers that oppose the will of God. Jesus Christ has won the victory and given it to us. (First Corinthians 15.55-57)
I will give unto the Lord nothing less than my best.
Relying on Jesus, we can bring our full will and spirit to the work God calls us to do. And we give our all, not grudgingly but with a loving heart.
Joy! We are one in the Lord.
We celebrate our blessings and our unity.