Our purpose

At Connect Church we intentionally  emphasize the centrality of the gospel in all we do, because we never outgrow the gospel.  The gospel is not just an entry point into salvation, but it is the very work of God for salvation from beginning to end. 


Therefore, our purpose is to bring glory to God by making disciples through:

  1. gospel powered worship (John 4:23-24) 
  2. gospel powered community (Romans 15:1-3) 
  3. gospel powered service (Galatians 6:9-10) 
  4. gospel powered proclamation (2 Corinthians 5:17-21)

WHAT IS A DISCIPLE?

A disciple is a person who has been reconciled into relationship with God through new birth by trust in the gospel and is subsequently growing in a love for God and love for others.

WHAT IS THE GOSPEL?

The gospel is the historical narrative of the triune God orchestrating the reconciliation and redemption of a broken creation and fallen creatures, from Satan, sin and its effects to the Father and each other through the life, substitutionary death, resurrection and future return of the Son by the power of the Spirit for God’s glory and the Church’s joy.

Why gospel powered?

We are gospel-powered because the gospel is the power by which God’s redemptive plan is initiated, and in it we see Him most clearly for Who He is and what He has done.


Gospel-Powered Worship

Life consists of constant worship. Every thought, word, desire and deed involves the ascribing of worth and value—glory. Each attitude, affection and activity is an expression of our allegiance, whether to our Creator or His creation. God alone is worthy of our worship.

 

Worship is related to every area of our lives. We are called to eat, drink, speak, think and work to the glory of God (1 Corinthians 10:31). Worship cannot be narrowed down to a particular time and place as if God does not claim authority over certain aspects of our lives. There are no neutral desires or deeds; everything is an expression of worship.

 

Gospel-powered worship is the fuel for discipleship.

It is nurtured through the gathering of the saints in a corporate service—primarily weekend worship services and Elder-Led Prayer. Within these venues, we worship God by remembering the gospel through preaching, teaching, singing, praying and celebrating the ordinances of baptism and communion. Each presents an opportunity for the church to receive, remember, respond and rejoice in the work of our great King.

1 Corinthians 10:31, Psalm 145:1-21, Isaiah 43:6-7, Colossians 3:1-17

 

Gospel-Powered Community

We worship a triune God, who has eternally existed as Father, Son and Holy Spirit. In identifying the tri-unity of God, we recognize that God is communal. Bearing the image of God, mankind is called to reflect this reality.

 

Though each Christian has a personal relationship with God, that relationship is not individual or private. The Christian faith is not intended to be lived in isolation. We were made for community—relationship with God and with each other. The local church is not merely a place that we attend but a people to whom we belong. The Bible calls us members of the body (1 Corinthians 12:12-31) with the expectation that we contribute to the body for the glory of God and the good of His people.

 

Gospel-powered community is a radical call amid a culture of mere attendance and casual involvement. It involves mutual love, care, consistency and authenticity as we seek to adorn the person and work of Christ with our lives.

 

Gospel-powered community is the context for discipleship.

Home Groups, men’s groups and women’s groups are examples of places where our people can connect to the church body. Groups are not perfect and those who participate in them will find them messy at times. However, our hope is that group members will be radically committed to reform from within. This takes time, prayer, effort, patience, love, trust and hope. Acts 2:42-47, Hebrews 3:12-13, 1 Corinthians 12:12-31

 

Gospel-Powered Service

In John 13:1-20, we read the account of Jesus washing His disciples' feet. This was no regular rabbinical task, but was instead reserved for the lowest of all servants. Here was the anointed King, the eternal Son of God, the blessed Lord, doing the inconceivable.

By humbly cleansing the feet of His disciples, Jesus gave an abiding example of service and issued a command for us to follow in His steps. We were saved that we might now serve.

 

Gospel-powered service is the overflow of discipleship.

It is motivated by the reconciling work of God and seeks to extend His grace and mercy to others for His glory and not our own. It is an expression of love and stewardship of grace marked by humility, generosity and hospitality and empowered by a passion for the glory of God.

 

Service can and should be pursued in various ways by all recipients of varied grace. Those who have been impacted by the gospel have countless opportunities—both formal and informal—to serve others through the hospitality ministry, volunteering in one of our children’s and youth ministries, teaching, singing, serving on a board, giving financially to the needs of others, opening their homes to their neighbors and church family, etc.  John 13:1-20, 1 Peter 3:8-11, 2 Corinthians 8:1-9:15

 

Gospel-Powered Proclamation

In perhaps the most famous passage on discipleship, Matthew 28:18-20, Jesus issues the Great Commission for the Church, which involves proclamation. We are to become better disciples through love for God and love for others by equipping and empowering others to do the same. We are called to growth as we extend the gospel of life to a dead world.

 

Gospel-Powered Proclamation is the result of discipleship.

God has determined the exact time and place in which you live, work and play for His glory (Acts 17:26). God was intentional in directing our lives, so we should live with intentionality in all that we pursue.

 

We multiply the kingdom by living with the purpose to make God known and enjoyed. From missional living in interacting with neighbors and coworkers to missional outreach or short or long-term mission trips, our lives have been infused with purpose and meaning. The disciple's call is multiplication and replication through the gospel—for the glory of our God.  2 Corinthians 5:11-12, Matthew 28:18-20