Our mission and our values demonstrate who we are and flow from what we believe.
“We exist to make and multiply disciples by proclaiming the gospel of Jesus Christ in Sioux Falls and to the ends of the earth.”
The gospel of Jesus Christ is the power of God to save all who believe. Our mission is to proclaim that gospel in our city and to the ends of the earth so that those who don’t yet know Jesus will become disciples of Jesus who trust Him, worship Him, and obey Him in all of life.
Discipleship isn’t an event or an experience; it is a developmental process. God works through his Word, His people, and the highs and lows of life to produce maturity and fruit in our lives. Maturing as a disciple means becoming more and more like Jesus in your everyday life.
Jesus told his first followers to make disciples of all nations. The pattern we see in the Bible is that disciples make disciples who make disciples. Those disciples gather in churches that plant churches. Mature disciples multiply disciples, and this will continue until the whole world is filled with worshipers.
We believe that the gospel—the good news of God’s saving activity in Jesus Christ—is the pinnacle of His redemptive acts, the center of the Bible’s story, and the essential message for our faith, life, and witness. We are committed to preaching the gospel, singing the gospel, praying the gospel, counseling out of the gospel, and building our churches upon the gospel. The perfect life, substitutionary death, victorious resurrection, and glorious ascension of Jesus Christ is our ultimate hope.
Scripture presents the all-glorious, triune God as the source and end of all things, sovereignly working all things according to His will. At the center of God’s purposes in the world is the exaltation of His glory through the redemption of sinners. To this end, we believe that God sovereignly chooses men and women to be saved in order to display His immeasurable grace and glory. God’s sovereign grace in salvation humbles us, fills us with gratitude, and compels us to worship Him and share the message of His grace to all people.
We believe the Holy Spirit desires to continually fill each believer with increased power for Christian life and witness, including the giving of His supernatural gifts for the building up of the church and for various works of ministry in the world. We are eager to pursue God’s active presence in all its breadth, that Christ may be magnified in our lives, in the church, and among the nations.
We believe it was God’s glorious plan to create men and women in His image, giving them equal dignity and value in His sight, while appointing differing and complementary roles for them within the home and the church. Because these roles give different expressions to God’s image in humanity, they should be valued and pursued in joy and faith. As the redeemed community of God, the church has a unique opportunity and responsibility to celebrate this complementarity, to contend for it against cultural hostility, and to protect it from sinful distortions.
Jesus Christ reigns as head over His church, and He gives to His church elders (or pastors) to govern and lead local churches under His authority. We believe that men, qualified by both character and gifting, are to serve as elders, shepherding God’s people as under-shepherds of Christ.
Our gospel-centrality entails not only treasuring the gospel personally but sharing it passionately. The risen Christ commissioned His church to make disciples of all nations. We are eager to pursue this mission, relying fully on the Holy Spirit, to see the gospel proclaimed and churches planted throughout the world, that God may be glorified among every tribe, language, people, and nation.
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